Carter and Clark are names to watch for sure.
Senior La’Kendrick Van Zandt started at the third safety spot alongside Moehrig and Washington for most of last season, recording 43 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Junior Nook Bradford cracked the starting lineup late in the season over Van Zandt and racked up 44 total tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss. They each played in all 10 games, so TCU returns plenty of experience for at least one safety spot.
The team also added veteran defensive back T.J. Carter via transfer from Memphis this offseason, which should help solidify the unit. A four-year player for the Tigers, Carter finished his Memphis career with 176 total stops, including 6.0 for loss, plus 37 passes defended, seven interceptions, 30 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.
This unit HAS to be better in 2021.
TCU’s offensive line really struggled at the start of the 2020 season but made minor improvements throughout. Center Coy McMillon was the only member of the unit to play in all 10 games last season. Next on that list was tackle T.J. Storment, who saw action in nine games but transferred to Texas Tech.
Tackle Andrew Coker and guard John Lanz are two returning players with eight appearances apiece last season.
With inconsistent starters in 2020, the Horned Frogs have to figure out which players jell as a unit and which players don’t.
How cool would this be?!
“I was hyped when I got the TCU offer because that’s where my dad went to college,” Johnson said. “I’m excited. TCU is obviously going to be an option for me in the long run, I already know it is. I’ve already visited the school and I like that school.”
In football, Johnson is listed as a four-star athlete by 247Sports. He’s rated as the No. 3 athlete in the country for the Class of 2023. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 187-pounder plays wide receiver and defensive back in high school. At the college level, he projects as a possible cornerback given his length and ball skills.
In basketball, Johnson describes himself as a “big guard” who can get the basket. This is a kid who dunked in a game for the first time in eighth grade.