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TCU News: “everything they can to give football the best shot possible at resuming safely this fall.”

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We are two months away from opening day... will football start?

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Danny Mourning

Football:

Will football be played this fall? We ask an epidemiologist advising the Big 12, NFL | The Star-Telegram

The answer is... maybe?

What would be your message to fans about the current state of the pandemic today and whether college football will start on time and be played this fall? “What I can say is that from my experience, conference and school officials are doing everything they can to give football the best shot possible at resuming safely this fall.”

How do you feel the Big 12’s return to sports plan has gone for schools after a couple weeks? “Like institutions across the country, things are changing every day due to a variety of local factors for each school, so it’s too early to tell.”

With football back on campus, TCU continues its phased return with other sports | The Star-Telegram

It’s not just football that is anxious to get back, though some programs are choosing to hold their players at home.

The same can be said for the other fall sports programs. TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said this has been part of the school’s plan from Day 1, using a phased-in approach to bring teams back.

“We’ve given every sport dates to report but also said we reserve the right to change our mind,” Donati said. “Right now, we’re still on track of our original plan.”

The school is also having players work out in small groups, so the state’s order Thursday limiting outside gatherings to 10 or fewer people will not have an impact on voluntary workouts.

The men’s basketball program is the next sport returning this week with voluntary workouts starting Monday. TCU coach Jamie Dixon said most, but not all, players have returned.

Big 12 Looking at Protocols for Games, Postponements, and Cancellations | SI

There are so many questions that have no way of being answered.

“I think trying to build in flexibility makes sense. That’s not the decision we’ll make this kind of year,” Bowlsby said to The Dallas Morning News. “I hope the season is orderly enough that those kinds of options can be viable. I suspect that we won’t have that luxury.”

Bowlsby has been the leading proponent of a fractured and disjointed football season because of the coronavirus. One of the athletic directors on the committee Shane Lyons of West Virginia took it a week further saying there was no reason the Championship Game couldn’t be pushed back to Saturday, Dec. 19, allowing for two weeks of potential make-up games.

What K-State fans need to know about TCU in 2020 | GoPowercat

Duggan’s game against K State was as up and down as they come... but it’s one that he learned a lot through.

Max Duggan completed 181-of-339 (53.4%) passes for 2,077 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while playing in 12 games in 2019. His passing efficiency rating of 113.56 ranks eighth among Big 12 returning quarterbacks in 2020. His best game against a Power 5 foe came when he completed 25-of-42 (59.5%) passes for 323 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 33-31 win at Texas Tech. Duggan will likely compete for the starting job with junior college transfer Stephon Brown, the No. 1-rated juco dual-threat quarterback out of Independence Community College.

Comparing TCU safeties Ar’Darius Washington and Trevon Moehrig | Pro Football Network

I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t read enough about these two.

This is a comparison piece, so I have to choose one of these guys. With that said, give me Washington by a good bit. The main reason is Washington is not limited in really any facet except being a box linebacker primarily. He has the versatility and overall skillset to do more than Moehrig while still being a playmaker. In the modern NFL, being a chess piece that can do so many things at a high level makes you more valuable. Washington is, in fact, my second-highest rated safety in the 2021 class.

However, this is not in vain to Moehrig. As a single-high safety, he has all the talent to be a successful football player. He has the instincts, range, and ball skills to be a starting free safety in the NFL. This is one of the best duos in the country for a reason, after all, and Moehrig does carry his weight, it is just in a different manner. Just do not sleep on Moehrig as a talent, because he has plenty of it.