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2023 TCU Football Position Review: Wide Receivers

We take a look back at the 2023 season to grade the performance of TCU’s pass catchers.

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Once every couple of years the TCU Horned Frogs have a wide receiver that puts up 1,000 yards, but a “normal” year for this position group has been a committee approach. Over the last 10 seasons, TCU has had four 1,000-yard receiving performances.

This year, nobody in the TCU offense cracked 600 receiving yards, and no receiver had double-digit touchdowns. Despite that, TCU finished seventh in passing yards per game with 312. TCU had 18 different players catch a pass this year.

**Note - most stats are pulled from pff.com

Wide Receivers

Many people, myself included, had high hopes for Savion Williams coming into this season. At 6-5, 225 pounds it’s hard not to compare Williams to Quentin Johnston. Williams did lead the Horned Frogs in receiving this year, finishing with 573 yards and 4 touchdowns on 41 receptions. Williams was targeted 64 times, and only had 2 drops on the year.

Savion Williams had an incredible performance against Texas this year, racking up 164 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches, including a great catch in the clip above. However, this is what TCU fans (and coaches) had hoped to see all season from Williams, and this is also the only game we saw this kind of performance. Williams announced that he will return in 2024, so hopefully another offseason of work can help him develop into a 1,000-yard guy.

Savion Williams 2023 Grade: C+

JP Richardson joined the TCU football program from Oklahoma State and became an immediate fan favorite. At 6-0, 190 pounds he isn’t the biggest receiver, but Richardson does great work in the slot. He quickly became the go-to guy when TCU’s quarterbacks needed a completion. Richardson led the team in receptions and finished the year with 536 yards and 3 touchdowns on 46 catches. Richardson was targeted 74 times and had 4 drops on the year.

The two clips above are probably my favorite of JP Richarsdon from this season. They do a great job of showcasing the type of player he is. While he may not be the prototypical wide receiver when it comes to size or speed, the kid just makes plays. I think Richardson has the potential for an even bigger season in 2024.

JP Richardson 2023 Grade: B

Jaylon Robinson came to TCU after a season at Ole Miss where he struggled to find playing time. Prior to his stint with the Rebels, Robinson had a great career at UCF. His sophomore season, Robinson pulled in 55 catches for 979 yards and 6 touchdowns. During his junior season he battled injuries before transferring.

I’m not sure many TCU fans thought Robinson would be an impact player for the Frogs, but he finished fourth on the team in receiving yards. Despite those things, Jaylon Robinson lead the team in drops with 5. TCU quarterbacks also struggled to find him throughout the year. Robinson was targeted 51 times and had only 32 catches for 397 yards. His lone touchdown came in the Nicholls State game.

Jaylon Robinson 2023 Grade: C

Warren Thompson was another transfer that joined the Frogs this year. After spending 3 years at Florida State and struggling for playing time, Thompson transferred to Arkansas. He played in most games, but was not terribly productive. Once again, he’s not a guy I think many TCU fans were expecting to be a key contributor this season. Thompson’s final season was ultimately cut short due to injury. In his 7 games, Warren caught 19 passes on 24 targets for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Thompson showed some promise early on in the season, including this great catch against Colorado. However, he just wasn’t able to really get things going. I think he was probably banged up all year and trying to play through injury. Eventually he couldn’t.

Warren Thompson 2023 Grade: C

JoJo Earle may be the most disappointing transfer the Frogs brought in this season. The former 4-star recruit was projected as a second round draft pick by 247 out of high school, and I think it’s safe to say that won’t be happening. The Aledo product took his talents to Alabama, and after a stellar freshman season he battled injuries and struggled to find playing time as a sophomore.

Many TCU fans hoped that Earle could be the Derius Davis of this season, but he struggled to produce. Earle was targeted 29 times this year and brought in 16 catches for 239 yards with two touchdowns. He did have a solid game against Oklahoma, racking up 94 yards and a touchdown on just four catches. Perhaps Earle has a great offseason and is able to contribute in a big way next year. We’ll see.

Jojo Earle 2023 Grade: D+