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TCU Football RB Darwin Barlow enters the transfer portal

The Frogs’ crowded running back room is getting a little less crowded.

TCU Football vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8.31.19)
Barlow’s first touchdown set off a stadium wide celebration.
Melissa Triebwasser

In unsurprising but still disappointing news, TCU sophomore running back Darwin Barlow announced Thursday that he is entering the transfer portal.

Barlow was the best of a deep and talented running back corps before the emergence of Zach Evans, who became the primary option for the Frogs down the stretch. He had a career high 16 carries against Baylor last season in a game in which he accumulated 117 yards and a touchdown in TCU’s win in Waco. For the season, he had 428 yards on 73 attempts with four touchdowns for a 5.9 ypc average. He played in 13 games across his two year career, preserving his redshirt.

A four star recruit out of Newton, TX, Barlow was one of three players from Newton High to sign with TCU in 2019. He played alongside his teammate Josh Foster in Fort Worth, sticking with his commitment despite a late push from USC. He is likely to be heavily pursued by a bevy of Power Five schools, and will be a candidate to start as soon as he’s eligible.

Zach Evans heads into the fall as the Frogs’ lead back now, expected to carry the load with support from senior Emari Demercado, redshirt sophomore Daimarqua Foster (returning from injury), and rising sophomore Kendre Miller. It’s still a very talented group, but the loss of Barlow is a big blow.

Best of luck to Darwin in his future, wherever he ultimately lands.