Smith had the look of an elite arm Sunday.
Before his injury and even last spring, Smith had the fastball and changeup. Everyone knew about those offerings. But he was still having trouble developing the breaking ball. He and pitching coach. Kirk Saarloos worked hard on that in the fall and early this spring, and that hard work has certainly paid dividends. He located the slider particularly well on the outside corner against lefthanded hitters.
“The difference with Russell right now is that he never had a consistent slider before. He was better against righties than lefties. The difference now is that the slider is effective against both. He can do a lot of things when he’s healthy, and he’s the best pitcher we have at the moment.”
Winters and... ?
Key returnees: Jamoi Hodge (sophomore; 6-2, 223), Dee Winters (junior; 6-1, 223), Dylan Jordan (sophomore; 6-3, 197), Wyatt Harris (junior; 6-3 220), Rhett Harris (senior; 6-1, 210), Zach Marcheselli (sophomore; 6-2, 209)
Key losses: Garret Wallow (graduated), Elias Garcia (graduated)
Newcomers: Jayhvion Gipson (Houston, Tx., 6-1, 205)
Biggest unanswered question
Who takes Garret Wallows spot? Wallow was more than just an exceptional linebacker for TCU, he was a leader on and off the field, as well. Wallow left big shoes to fill so it will be interesting to see who steps into them.
For those that have been asking...
Date: Fri., March 19
TCU Horned Frogs
Date: Fri., March 19
Trevon Moehrig | S | Jr.
Garret Wallow | LB | Sr.
Ar’Darius Washington | S | R-Soph.
Pro Wells | TE | R-Jr.
Huggy is being kind.
“They really shoot the ball at times – they’re a bit streaky but their young guys, the guys Jamie brought in, can really get it going and when they get it going, they just spread you so far, they’re hard to guard,” said Huggins.”
Junior guard RJ Nembhard (6’5”, 200-lbs) leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game and assists at 3.9 per game.
“He’s playing really well,” said Huggins. “I think the thing that we’ve got to be prepared for is how hard he runs the floor. He really runs the floor which really stretches everything out gives the other guys a little bit more space to penetrate and kick.”