Could this be the year that Bowen breaks out?
Senior Brandon Bowen, who missed last season and has played in only 11 games the last four years at TCU, is healthy and getting reps at end and tackle. So is sophomore Colt Ellison, the Aledo product who started three of the last four games for the Frogs in 2019.
“You have guys who have really done a good job,” Patterson said, referencing Bowen and Ellison being able to play inside and outside.
Of course, the Frogs would like to have players who can replicate the interior pressure Blacklock generated last season. Maybe it’s Ellison or Bowen, who are both listed at 6-foot-4. Bowen checks in at 273 pounds, according to TCU’s website, while Ellison is at 246 pounds.
TCU has other DTs who are playing well in camp, too, including senior Corey Bethley or junior Terrell Cooper. Patterson also praised sophomore Soni Misi, who has lost 30 pounds and “has had a really good camp.”
This is a really likable kid.
“I feel like I’m going to be able to show a lot of my versatility that I haven’t been able to show,” says Watson. “A lot of people don’t know that I’m fast, I can move in space, I can cover, I can play offense. Really hoping we can get a season going so I can showcase those talents:
Recruiting: Watson has received college interest since his freshman year. At one point he was committed to LSU, but eventually backed out of that commitment. He had offers from programs all across the country, but recently committed to TCU and plans to sign with the Horned Frogs.
“It’s definitely a blessing but at the same time on Friday nights I become more of a target to people,” says Watson of being a highly-rated recruit. “Just me having to stay humble during the process and not getting too ahead of myself.”
Off the field: A lot of Watson’s focus is on the game of football. Whenever he’s done playing he hopes to stay around the game as a broadcaster.
“I want to be an ESPN analyst and talk on ESPN about the game,” says Watson. “I feel like I could sit here and talk about football all day, that’s something I have a passion in and would love to do.”
Around the Big 12:
Baylor 24/1: Seems a little optimistic to me. I’m not sure the Bears were stacked, even before Matt Rhule took off for the NFL.
TCU 50/1: Quarterback Max Duggan’s illness notwithstanding, I’d still put the Horned Frogs ahead of Baylor.
Kansas State 71/1: I think I might put K-State ahead of Baylor, too, and maybe TCU. I’m really impressed with Chris Klieman.
TCU revealed this week a new COVID-19 dashboard to report case numbers and other related information. Cavins-Tull wrote in an email Monday to the TCU community that the university has “ample isolation bed capacity, should it become necessary.”
As of Tuesday, the status of the isolation bed availability was Level Green, meaning there is 65% or higher availability. If the availability drops below 65%, the status becomes Level Yellow, and any availability lower than 30% is designated Level Red.
TCU is ranking the availability of protective equipment and maintenance of enhanced cleaning using the same system.
“It is our expectation that all TCU community members will follow health and safety protocols so that we can remain on campus and provide an optimal learning environment for many in our community,” Cavins-Tull wrote in the email.
Also an oof.
The number of Texas Christian University students who tested positive for the new coronavirus has more than doubled in just a few days.
The school reported on Wednesday afternoon 257 active cases on its website, up from 111 active cases that TCU reported on Monday.
Nearly all the cases were students with only two faculty members testing positive, according to the university’s data.
Most of the cases — 149 of them — came from students living in off-campus housing. The rest, 106, were reported from those living on campus. TCU’s site notes that those students reported among positive cases are currently in isolation.