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TCU News: Duggan in elite company

The sophomore QB is listed among some of the country’s top athletes for a big time award.

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Gary Patterson, TCU Should Feel the Pressure in 2020 | Heartland College Sports

Hot seat? No. But should the Frogs expect more in 2020? That is probably fair.

Once again, Gary Patterson isn’t coaching for his job in 2020. Not even close. But after a two-year funk and mediocrity in three of the past four seasons, it is time for the Horned Frogs to get back to the level that Patterson has come to expect from his teams since taking the program from the WAC to Conference-USA to Mountain West to the Big 12.

A few bounces here or there might do the trick as well, as TCU lost five games last season by a touchdown or less. But unless the offense improves, it’s likely that TCU will have to eek out those close games to get back into the win column more often than not.

If I had to win one game in the Big 12 on a given Saturday, I’d make a strong case to take Gary Patterson over Lincoln Riley. I really love the guy as a head coach.

When ESPN did its “Coaches Film Room” during the College Football Playoff, I would watch Patterson on that show over the game itself 10 out of 10 times. But if TCU finishes 2020 with another season hovering around .500, my opinion on that will start to look silly. And I know none of you would want my opinion to look silly. Right?

TCU’s Max Duggan one of 15 sophomores to land on Maxwell Award watch list | The Star-Telegram

Max is primed for a breakout year, and he’s got the tools around him to ensure it happens.

Duggan landed on the Maxwell Award watch list on Friday, which is given annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Duggan is one of just 15 sophomores on the list.

Other notable nominees include Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, SMU QB Shane Buechele and WR Reggie Roberson, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace and RB Chuba Hubbard, Baylor QB Charlie Brewer, North Texas WR Jaelon Darden and Houston WR Marquez Stevenson.

Duggan is coming off a true freshman season where he threw for 2,077 yards passing with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He completed only 53.4% of his passes, which ranks as one of the top priorities to improve in 2020.

Duggan displayed his dual-threat ability, too, rushing for 555 yards and six touchdowns.

Area recruiting update: Oklahoma putting pressure on Texas for top area class; SMU, UNT ranked above TCU | Dallas Morning News

I am not too worried, especially after the off-season transfer haul. But, below UNT? Come on, man.

TCU

- No. 94 class nationally in total points (90.26)

- 6 commitments

6 three stars

- 85.85 average rating

- Top-rated recruit: Wichita Falls Hirschi DE Chris Murray: Three stars (No. 591 nationally, 0.8681 rating)

Around the Big 12:

Will college football happen in 2020? How each conference is approaching the upcoming fall season | ESPN

Is this the week we get some answers?

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games up in the air: The status of the three Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, one of which features West Virginia, remains uncertain as the ACC, Big 12 and SEC continue to weigh the options pertaining to the upcoming season.

Big 12 to announce football decision in late July: Along with the ACC, the Big 12 announced that it will make a decision on the football season in “late July.” The announcement came on the heels of the Big Ten announcing a conference-only schedule in 2020.

Games canceled: Iowa State at Iowa; Oregon State at Oklahoma State; TCU at California; Texas Tech at Arizona; Maryland at West Virginia.

Games postponed: New Hampshire at Kansas; Prairie View A&M at TCU; Alcorn State at Texas Tech.