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TCU HC Gary Patterson expects a healthy competition between redshirt junior QB Kenny Hill and redshirt sophomore QB Foster Sawyer this August.

Predictably, Patterson declined to show his full hand at Big 12 Media Days. "I thought they [both] improved this spring," he said, later adding that he "thought they had a great summer." He was particularly impressed by Hill's conditioning and shape considering the fact that the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder sat out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations. When asked when he might name a starter, Patterson said, "I don't know. We will have to see."
Source: OU Daily
Jul 23 - 7:09 PM

TCU HC Gary Patterson said that freshman WR Isaiah Graham was "really probably our best as far as making plays [in spring ball]."

Speaking at Big 12 Media Days, Patterson singled out Graham's play-making ability several times. While he graded out as a modest three-star prospect in high school, the 6-foot-1, 179-pounder has been quick to acclimate with the Horned Frogs. With Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee heading off to the NFL, there are plenty of targets on the table for an opportunistic receiver like Graham. KaVontae Turpin and Deante' Gray figure to lead TCU's receiving corp this coming season, with the likes of Graham, Ty Slanina and Jaelan Austin competing for complementary roles.
Jul 18 - 3:16 PM

TCU redshirt sophomore RB Shaun Nixon will miss the 2016 season due to an undisclosed injury.

TCU HC Gary Patterson announced Nixon's grim outlook for the 2016 season at Big 12 Media Days, but because the Horned Frogs do not release specific information regarding injury, the exact nature of Nixon's ailment is unknown. With Nixon out of the picture, Michigan transfer RB Derrick Green (a former five-star recruit) and freshman RB Sewo Olonilua (247Sports composite No. 125 overall prospect for 2016) should see extended looks in camp next month as they look to carve out secondary roles behind expected starter Kyle Hicks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 12:12 PM

Michigan graduate RB Derrick Green transferred to TCU.

Green began his collegiate career as a five-star recruit (No. 27 overall prospect for 2013), but after earning that lofty designation, his career failed to pan out. With the Wolverines, the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder rushed for a total of 898 yards (4.2 YPC) over three seasons. He made 22 starts in that space. Once he adjusts to life as a Horned Frog, he could see work as a potential boulder of a change-of-pace back, as he carries about 20 pounds on incumbents Shaun Nixon and Kyle Hicks. His role with TCU should become more defined during August camp.
Jul 15 - 1:35 PM

Returning TCU senior edge rusher James McFarland (toe) checks in at No. 71 on Pro Football Focus' list of the best players in college football.

McFarland missed all of last year with a broken toe. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder led the Horned Frogs with seven sacks and finished second with 12 tackles for loss in 2014, posting PFF's No. 18 grade among edge defenders. He also accrued three QB hits and 22 hurries on 159 rushes.
Jul 11 - 4:29 PM

TCU senior S Denzel Johnson is the No. 86 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

Johnson finished fourth on the team with 79 tackles and third on the team in regular season pass breakups with eight last fall. That showing helped him earn inclusion as an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. "He does a nice job staying on top of routes and making the tackles in space as he’s missed only six of his 93 attempts the last two years," wrote Steve Palazzolo. Johnson usually lines up over the slot as a safety in TCU's funky 4-2-5 scheme. He's happy to crash down, accruing a +9.8 grade against the run to rank No. 14 in the FBS last year.
Jul 8 - 4:47 PM

Baylor 2016 four-star DE Brandon Bowen signed with TCU after being released from his National Letter of Intent.

Bowen is the 11th Baylor recruit to be released from his NLI following the school's scandal. He's another premier prospect, a four-star recruit and the No. 147 player in the country per the 247 Sports' composite ranking.
Jul 6 - 6:38 PM

Baylor has released four-star 2016 DE Brandon Bowen from his National Letter of Intent.

The school had until July 10 to respond to Bowen's request. Bowen joins six other 2016 commitments who are no longer committed to Baylor for the 2016 season, with a handful of those ending up at Texas. Bowen could be the next, but the edge rusher also received offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and TCU during his recruitment process. As far as we can tell, Baylor has released every 2016 recruit from their commitment if a request was placed.
Source: NBC DFW
Jul 1 - 9:45 AM

Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley believes TCU redshirt junior QB Kenny Hill "could be in store for a big 2016 campaign."

Kenny Trill is back! Last we saw our hero, in 2014, he had posted the No. 21 passing grade in the country for Texas A&M despite losing his job after eight games. "We know TCU’s passing offense is capable of producing big-time numbers after Trevone Boykin ranked seventh in overall QB grades and fourth in adjusted deep completion percentage last season," Dooley wrote. Trill has to beat out Foster Sawyer before he can try to replicate Boykin's exploits.
Jun 17 - 4:27 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that TCU four-star 2017 WR Trestan Ebner "can be difficult to handle in the open field."

Luginbill offered a somewhat circuitous breakdown of Ebner's speed, writing, "He has fast track times, but doesn't always look as fast on tape, yet he wins footraces." The analyst referred to his ability as a vertical threat as "his greatest asset" and deemed the 6-foot, 188-pounder to be "deceptively agile." Ebner ranks as ESPN 300's No. 213 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jun 16 - 2:37 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger wrote that TCU four-star 2017 QB Shawn Robinson "seems the most able to pick up where Trevone Boykin left off."

"Without a clear favorite heading into next season," Krueger wrote, "Robinson could find himself walking into a favorable situation if one of the current young signal-callers on the roster doesn’t take a convincing hold of the position." The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is a dual-threat stud out of DeSoto, Texas, and ranks as Rivals' No. 70 overall player for 2017. Per Krueger, he "could still stand to sharpen up some basic elements of his passing, but his ability to make plays with his legs compensates for that, especially if he is thrust into a starting role sooner than later."
Source: Rivals
May 27 - 3:11 PM

2016 QB Jordan Kitna will join TCU as a preferred walk-on.

Kitna had been set to walk-on in East Lansing with Michigan State, but instead, the Waxahachie native will remain in the state of Texas and join the quarterbacking fray at TCU. Playing for Waxahachie High last season, the 6-foot, 210-pounder threw for 1,906 yards (59% completions) with a 20/3 TD/INT ratio. A broken collarbone forced him to miss the end of the season and helped account for the somewhat muted stats. He is the son of former NFL QB Jon Kitna. Unless Jordan makes serious (like, really, really serious) noise in August camp, one of Kenny Hill or Foster Sawyer still figures to earn the starting nod at quarterback for 2016.
May 24 - 5:46 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread ranked TCU redshirt junior QB Kenny Hill as the No. 8 impact transfer for 2016.

Hill and Foster Sawyer are duking it out for the right to replace Trevone Boykin. Neither young man particularly impressed during the spring game, with Hill completing 9-of-20 passes for 75 yards and Foster somehow one-upping (one-downing?) him by completing 7-of-15 passes for 80 yards and an interception. HC Gary Patterson won't be naming a starter until August camp. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hill blazed onto the scene in 2014 with the Aggies, but was eventually replaced by Kyle Allen that same season. Some day, a long, colorful book will be written about the last two years at Texas A&M. They have had themselves enough quarterback drama to last a lifetime.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 12:56 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter sees TCU sophomore WR KaVontae Turpin as the team's most versatile player.

"It didn't take long for Turpin to emerge as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the Big 12 as a true freshman in 2015," Trotter wrote. We would forgive you if you lost the 5-foot-9, 152-pounder amidst the slew of offensive talent on the Horned Frogs last season. He wasn't just standing in the shadow of Josh Doctson. Trevone Boykin, Aaron Green and Kolby Listenbee (the latter pair to lesser extents) all managed to block out the sun. Like a resilient plant at the bottom of the rain forest, just yearning for a little light and love, Turpin still caught a respectable 45 passes for 649 yards and eight touchdowns. He also logged 729 yards on kick returns and 181 yards on punt returns. With Doctson and Listenbee out of the receiving picture, Turpin should have increased time to bask in sunlight this coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 6:28 PM

Per Pro Football Focus' grades, TCU senior edge rusher Josh Carraway regressed from a +16.5 (6th in the 2017 class) to a +3.6 (60th) grade between 2014 and 2015.

Carraway was a designated edge rusher in 2014, appearing in only 46.4 percent of TCU’s defensive snaps but posting four sacks, seven hits and 20 hurries on 194 pass-rushing snaps. PFF had Carraway posting posting six sacks, six hits and 25 hurries on 389 pass rushing plays last year. Interestingly, TCU gives Carraway credit for 47 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks last year. We can't tell you who's right, but we can tell you that Carraway had a star-making turn in a huge spot last season, going off for eight tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks at Oklahoma.
May 11 - 2:57 PM


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