Somebody page Parker!!
The Frogs will not utilize the run as much as last year
The Horned Frogs’ primary running backs last season, Anderson and Olonilua, are now members of the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp roster, leaving the Frogs with some rebuilding to do in the backfield. Of the nine running backs on the TCU roster this season, seven are either redshirt freshmen or first-years. The two returning backs combined for 65 rushing yards last season.
Purke’s career will always be defined by what might have been, but getting him back in Fort Worth is a win for everyone.
Purke follows in a line of former players to join the coaching staff as a student assistant. Former outfielder Josh Elander spent the 2016 season as a student assistant and is now an assistant coach at Tennessee. Former pitcher Kyle Winkler served as a student assistant in 2019 and is now the pitching coach at Incarnate Word.
For Purke, pursuing a coaching career is something he’s embraced. The experiences he’s encountered throughout his baseball journey have prepared him to mentor the next generation.
“Now I can take what I know and the experiences I had and give these players the best opportunity to do it,” he said. “That’s ultimately what my goal is here — to give everything that I know and that I went through and give them an opportunity to achieve their dream.”
Big Ross has made a big impression already.
“Ross is a joy to coach,” Texans defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Anthony Weaver said Tuesday during a Zoom video call. “He comes to work every day with the mindset of getting better, and that’s all you can ask for. I think we saw that pre-draft when we had him here for a visit.
“We knew he was determined to go out there and reach his absolutely best, and he comes in every day and works to try to achieve that. I couldn’t be more happy with how he has progressed to this point.”
Drafted 40th overall, Blacklock recorded 67 career tackles, 15½ for losses and 5½ sacks in two full seasons. A former freshman All-American and Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year, Blacklock overcame a torn Achilles suffered as a sophomore and r returned last season to record 40 tackles, nine for losses, and 3½ sacks before declaring early for the NFL draft.