A coup for TCU, who adds another four star to a room that includes Max Duggan and recent freshman signees Sam Jackson, Trent Battle, and Alexander Honig.
Either way, Morris is a welcomed addition to TCU’s quarterback room. He’ll be expected to provide some competition and depth behind starter Max Duggan. The Frogs also signed three quarterbacks in their 2021 class, including four-star dual-threat quarterback Sam Jackson.
Duggan is still the unquestioned team leader and favorite to start in 2021. He is coming off a true sophomore season in which he threw for 1,795 yards with 10 TDs and four interceptions. Duggan also rushed for a team-leading 526 yards with 10 TDs.
Morris was a four-star prospect coming out of Highland Park as part of the 2020 class, according to 247Sports. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound QB played in five games this season for the Sooners, going 3-of-5 passing for 39 yards. He also rushed for 44 yards on five carries with two touchdowns.
The answer to this question is a resounding YES.
2. WILL THE RUNNING GAME REMAIN ELITE?
The numbers don’t lie. When TCU reached the 200-yard rushing mark this season, it went 6-0. The Frogs led the Big 12 in rushing offense with 214.7 yards per game.
As much as the passing game must improve, the Frogs have the makings of opening up the passing game by continuing to establish the run. The running back corps is deep and talented too.
Redshirt freshman Darwin Barlow had the most yards of any back, prized freshman Zach Evans played well late and Kendre Miller flashed as a true freshman. Let’s not forget Daimarqua Foster and Emari Demercado are also on the roster for 2021.
The key for TCU is figuring out if a committee approach is the best formula for success, or if one of the running backs will emerge as the “bell cow.”
While we wait on a Noah Daniels decision for next year, we can think about who might be next man up in a secondary that has a lot of pieces to replace.
Player who hasn’t broken out but still could
Cornerback Keontae Jenkins: Another four-star recruit who maybe didn’t quite put up the numbers TCU expected, but he still has time to prove himself. Earlier this season, head coach Gary Patterson joked that he might have to play cornerback because of how far down the depth chart the team was having to go due to injury. Jenkins played in just three games, but there is potential for him to play more in 2021 if he continues to get better.
If the Frogs want to be taken seriously, they can start by beating KU tonight.
Coming off that humbling defeat to Texas and an end to a 17-game conference win streak, Kansas (8-2, 2-1 Big 12) figures to tumble from the No. 3 spot in the polls before traveling Tuesday to TCU (9-2, 2-1).
“We’ve got to regroup,” Bill Self said after the 84-59 outcome marked his most lopsided defeat in 18 seasons coaching the Jayhawks.
“We’ve got to decide if we want to be a team that makes other people play bad and whether that’s what we take the most pride in.”
A solid defensive performance might not have saved the Jayhawks, however, after they shot 3-for-23 from 3-point range, 11 days after scorching West Virginia with 16 treys. Kansas managed to shoot just 30.8 percent overall vs. the Longhorns while falling into a third-place tie with TCU behind Big 12 co-leaders Baylor and Texas.