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TCU News: “Unfortunately it is going to be our reality for now.”

TCU Football is dealing with COVID-19 within its program once again.

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Danny Mourning

Football:

As practice nears, TCU football player tests positive for COVID-19 | The Star-Telegram

This far out from report date, that’s not a great sign. What happens when the rest of the students return?

Football players who live off-campus may have roommates. Players who live on-campus are staying at one residence hall and have been assigned individual rooms with a shared restroom.

TCU’s policy is not to comment on positive COVID-19 cases.

“We fully expect to have student-athletes and coaches go through stretches where they might not be available,” TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said. “Unfortunately it is going to be our reality for now.”

According to TCU, there are nine current students on campus who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are an additional 12 cases with indirect on-campus impact.

The Friday night tests that TCU coach Gary Patterson administers to his defense | The Athletic

This is an awesome piece. The Athletic doesn’t write about TCU often, but when they do they always mine gold.

Patterson’s challenge to his players and his demanding nature: “I tell ’em just shut me up. If you practice hard and do what you’re supposed to do, you’ll shut me up.”

It’s critical that their eyes are in the right places. That’s why the equipment staff puts a stripe on their helmets so from behind Patterson can detect if heads are turned to where they’re supposed to be turned. He has the defense practice for option football even if they don’t have an option team scheduled that season because it’s an ideal training tool for being sound in assignment football.

“We work real hard on playing and being where you’re supposed to be,” Patterson says. “The world thinks 80 percent is perfect. I don’t see 80 percent is perfect. The only way you can get great is to try to get perfect. If you get great, you get good, if you try to be good, you get average, right? This is your canvas, right? This is your painting. If there’s a color out of place, you have to change it.”

Pro Frogs:

This Chiefs rookie from TCU could work into mix, play in place of Canadian doctor LDT | Kansas City Star

All of a sudden, the former Frog sees his name move up the depth chart without a snap of practice.

The 21-year-old Niang was named second-team All-Big 12 after his junior year. A hip injury and surgery cut short his senior season, but he played right tackle for six of seven games.

“I’m fired up — firing on all cylinders,” Niang said. “I’m ready to put the pads on and get some contact.”

Veterans Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher will man the tackle positions for the Chiefs this fall. And Niang said that when he was drafted there was some conversation about him moving to guard. So he started training for it.

Niang said he’s actually been cross-training for four offensive line positions: left and right guard as well as left and right tackle.

“I work both left and right the whole time because I just want to be ready to play anywhere on the line,” he said. “I think it’ll just help having the hand combat and stuff that I’ve been doing at tackle that I haven’t had at guard.”

Kevin Cron benefits from universal designated hitter addition | AZ Snake Pit

The MiLB home run champ has a chance to stick through baseball’s abbreviated season.

With the addition of the designated hitter, Cron can make an immediate impact. It gives him a premium spot to focus on his several strengths at the plate while adding more at-bats to his major league resumé.

Cron needs to limit his strikeouts against off-speed pitches in order to maximize his offensive potential. He struck out 107 times last season at both levels. Those issues can be slowly fixed over time as he adjusts to big-league pitching. With his supreme power, Cron does have a keen eye at the plate. He drew a career-high 61 walks in Triple-A last season.

As opposing pitchers found out last year, Cron takes advantage of any pitch left over the plate. His quick hands immediately make hard contact to lift the ball in the air – and out of the ballpark more times than none.