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TCU has extended the contract of Gary Patterson through the 2022 season.

It is an easy decision, as Patterson is one of the best coaches in the country. It took two seasons for TCU to find their place in the Big-12, going 7-6 and 4-8 as a new member. Since then Patterson and TCU have produced 12-1 and 11-2 seasons. TCU opens this season against South Dakota State on August 3.
Aug 9 - 10:46 AM

The Dallas Morning News believes TCU freshman RB Sewo Olonilua "may have an opportunity to fill in at running back in spots" this fall.

The four-star athlete enrolled early and participated in spring practices. A physical power back with good athleticism, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Olonilua is competing with Kyle Hicks and Michigan transfer Derrick Green to become TCU's top running back. Olonilua was actually hoping to play a hybrid money 'backer position with the Frogs, alternating between defensive back and linebacker, but for now Gary Patterson will keep him in the backfield. Because of Olonilua's size and athleticism, Patterson evoked the signing of Jerry Hughes on signing day. Like Hughes, Olonilua was a stud prep running back who projects to several positions. "We’re going to see where he grows into," Patterson said on signing day. "He may be a tailback five years from now. He may be something else."
Aug 6 - 11:23 AM

TCU HC Gary Patterson indicated that senior edge rusher James McFarland (toe) "looks as good as he's ever seen him," according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Carlos A. Mendez.

Last season, TCU was hit hard by injury on defense in August, with McFarland serving as one casualty to the rigors of the sport after he broke his toe. That injury sidelined him for the entirety of the 2015 campaign, but back in 2014, the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder paced TCU with seven sacks to go with 41 tackles (12 for loss), an interception and three fumble recoveries. Barring another injury, he should be ready to roll when TCU kicks off against South Dakota State on September 3.
Aug 3 - 2:28 PM

As of 12:01 a.m. Monday morning, the NCAA is allowing coaches to retweet Twitter posts of their recruits.

Coaches aren't allowed to comment on the posts, but can at least retweet or like them as an indication of their ongoing recruitment. The result: A flood of retweets, including over 100 from the account of TCU HC Gary Patterson. The actual Gary Patterson, not just an underling controlling his account. According to ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree, Patterson spent last night on a retweeting storm in his office after the NCAA's allowance came through. Patterson subsequently retweeted Crabtree's report. We live in a beautiful world.
Aug 1 - 2:11 PM

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
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