OU had refused to release Morris from his NLI much of this offseason, creating a stir nationally. Riley talked about his belief that student athletes should not be able to transfer within conference without consequence.
Those comments came before the Big 12 agreed to waive its intraconference rules requiring players to sit out one season earlier this week. The NCAA also adopted rules that will allow student athletes the opportunity to transfer one time without penalty.
OU and Riley relented after the new policies were announced.
Morris is expected to compete for the backup job behind starting quarterback Max Duggan this season. Along with Morris, Matthew Downing is in the mix to serve as the primary backup for the second consecutive season. Morris flashed his ability to keep plays alive during Saturday’s spring scrimmage.
The two Memphis transfers look like instant impact players.
Obinna Eze – The Memphis transfer worked at left tackle and overall he did a good job of protecting the quarterbacks. Although the interior of the offensive line struggled, the tackles played fairly well as Ochaun Mathis and Khari Coleman didn’t make plays against Eze and Andrew Coker. Eze battled Coleman, which was impressive considering Coleman is one of the top defensive ends in the Big 12. Eze is a mountain too at 6-foot-8 and at least 315-pounds.
TJ Carter – I was interested to see how the safeties would look on Saturday and I have to admit that although there were a couple of big plays from the offense, they played well overall. I was particularly interested in watching Carter, who has never played safety prior to arriving at TCU. Carter had some good plays on the day but the most impressive by far was on a deep route intended for Blair Conwright going toward the south end zone. Carter covered a ton of ground to get to the play and was able to get a breakup at the last second. It was a very athletic play.
Could there be a third Frog in Green Bay?
Moehrig is the prototype for safeties in the modern NFL. He reminds me of how the Saints use Chauncy Gardner-Johnson and if a team wanted to use him as a full-time slot, he would flourish there. I like him in a defense that allows him to do a little bit of everything. His coverage skills are what make him elite, so either a team who wants to play a bunch of zero coverage or a team who mixes coverages and plays multiple safeties in nickel would fit his skillset the best. He’s a no-doubt first-round pick an if he were a touch faster, he’d be a no-doubt top-15 pick.
That makes him a beautiful fit in Joe Berry’s scheme. He could come in Day 1 and the play the star position, but also provides the flexibility to play deep in split safety looks so Darnell Savage could play in the slot or be the robber. He would make the team better right away as a cover player and his instincts as a hallhawk underneath would help with tight ends, a bug-a-boo spot in Green Bay from time immemorial.
“A lot of back and forth,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said of the OSU series. “We’re still a work in progress on the mound, but the highlight was really our offense and the grittiness of our players. They never panicked. They continued to have good at-bats.”
TCU trailed 5-4 going into the sixth inning on Friday, but ended up winning 9-8. Gene Wood had a three-run home run in the sixth, capitalizing on an error by Oklahoma State that allowed Zach Humphreys to reach base. Phillip Sikes and Tommy Sacco then contributed solo shots in the seventh.