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TCU News: “I just can’t believe that this is happening”

Yazmeen Ryan is the first Horned Frog fütbol-er to go in the first round of the NWSL Draft.

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Football:

NFL draft status update: Where TCU prospects like Trevon Moehrig, Ar’Darius Washington are being projected | Dallas Morning News

Wallow, to me, is the most interesting prospect as far as which round he will go in.

Garrett Wallow, LB

Wallow is impressive on and off the field. Head coach Gary Patterson has nothing but praise for the linebacker’s leadership abilities, saying people around Wallow are good people because he makes them good people.

On the field, Wallow led the team in tackles the past two seasons and finished his career at TCU with 9.5 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss. Opposing quarterbacks notice Wallow’s intimidating frame and athleticism and they have good reasons to keep their eyes out for him.

Expected range: Rounds 2-3

Pro Wells, TE

Wells was the first player on the Frogs’ roster to declare for this year’s draft.

He is a big scoring threat, having led TCU in touchdown receptions the past two seasons (five in 2019, three in 2020). He has 32 career receptions for 403 yards. While quarterback Max Duggan and Wells had a profound connection near the end zone, Wells’ size (6-4, 250), physicality and speed make him a difficult target to defend.

Expected range: Rounds 4-5

Signs point toward Kenny Hill becoming TCU’s quarterbacks coach | The Star-Telegram

Kenny has really been on a journey. He’s a great coach and mentor for the Horned Frogs, and this move just made sense.

Hill is viewed as a rising star in the coaching industry and will be overseeing the most important position group on the team. Even though Hill will be the program’s youngest assistant, TCU feels it has surrounded him with several veteran mentors including special assistant Jerry Kill and Meacham. Former Pittsburg (Kansas) State coach Tim Beck is also expected to have a role with the program after serving as a volunteer assistant last season.

Improving the passing game is among the top priorities for TCU going into next season. The Frogs ranked eighth in passing offense among Big 12 teams, averaging just 196.3 yards per game through the air.

TCU has Georgia DB Mumu Bin-Wahad’s attention | Rivals

The Frogs have done a lot of out of state recruiting recently. Could they add a Peach State star?

“I have been talking to coach Modkins, coach McGuire and coach Patterson, and they are recruiting me pretty hard. I have the best relationship with coach McGuire, he is my main contact. They all tell me about how I can go to the league from TCU and things like that.

“What stands out about coach Patterson is that he is a visionary that sees where he wants his program to be. He knows the type of players he needs to do that too.

“TCU was one of my favorite schools growing up, but everyone is even right now in my recruitment right now.

Soccer:

Portland Thorns trade up to select TCU midfielder Yazmeen Ryan with their first-round pick in the NWSL draft | Oregon Live

This is AMAZING for Eric Bell’s program. They traded up to get her, too!

The Portland Thorns got busy early in the NWSL draft Wednesday, trading up one spot from No. 7 to No. 6 to select TCU midfielder Yazmeen Ryan.

Ryan is coming off an MCL injury but is seen as a player who can contribute right away, especially when the Thorns’ superstars head off to the Olympics.

“I just can’t believe that this is happening,” Ryan said through a wide smile while packed with family members on a Zoom call during the draft broadcast.