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TCU redshirt junior QB Trevone Boykin will undergo surgery in April to repair a fractured wrist.

Before Horned Frogs fans keel over, we should be clear on two things: Surgery will repair the injury to Boykin's left (non-throwing) wrist that he sustained in October, and the fracture is being described as small. He didn't miss a snap because of the injury, though he will miss a portion of spring practices while rehabbing, a process that is expected to take five weeks. Boykin, fortunately, is expected be 100 percent by voluntary summer workouts.
Feb 26 - 11:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock mentioned that an "old-school scout" told him to trust his gut on TCU LB Paul Dawson.

"Don't get off Paul Dawson. ... Trust your gut," the scout told Mike Mayock. The 6-foot, 235-pound TCU prospect, has shown great instincts on film and played at a high level for the Horned Frogs. While Dawson didn't show out at the combine like many expected, the eye in the sky is his best friend. Teams will have to go back and do their homework on Dawson and roll the dice if they believe he's their target on Day 1.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 2:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that while TCU LB Paul Dawson "physically runs a 4.95 forty, mentally he plays at a 4.3 speed."

"Many were surprised by Paul Dawson’s poor forty time but those who saw him at combine training were not," Pauline wrote. "I was told while Dawson is not foot fast but his reaction speed has been off the charts. Dawson was one of the best they’ve seen when participating in reaction drills." Dawson performed poorly in combine tests, but he's never won on the field with elite athleticism. If he falls in April, some brave team is going to find itself a steal.
Feb 23 - 8:24 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson fired back at those criticizing his showing at the combine.

"I'm an awesome football player," Dawson tweeted. "The best/most productive linebacker in this draft. Not a track Star." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson posted a 4.93-second 40-yard dash time on Sunday in Indy, a highly disappointing showing. He didn't do much better in the other athletic tests, either. While Dawson's stock is pointing down, it's important to note that his game film is on indeed on par with any other linebacker in this class. All he does is make plays.
Feb 23 - 4:56 PM

TCU S Chris Hackett ran a 4.81 forty on Monday, the slowest time of all defensive backs.

This news is devastating to Hackett's draft stock. An early-entrant into the draft, Hackett's speed had been consistently questioned prior to the combine. Instead of dispelling concerns, he amplified them. Fortunately, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Hackett has very good game film; he recorded 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions for the Horned Frogs this season. Hackett must improve upon this number at the Horned Frogs' pro day. If he can't get into the 4.6s, it's not inconceivable that Hackett could go undrafted.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 4:12 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said during Sunday's telecast that TCU LB Paul Dawson's poor forty time "just blows me away; I did not see that coming."

Before the combine, Mayock ranked Dawson as his top linebacker. On Sunday, the 6-foot 1/8, 235-pound Dawson clocked a disappointing 4.93 in the 40-yard dash. "I've got to go back and check this guy more," Mayock said. Unfortunately, Dawson also struggled in the other drills. "His instincts and quickness -- he was just phenomenal on tape," said Mayock. Indeed, Dawson led TCU's 18th-ranked defense with 136 tackles in 2014. Mayock previously touted Dawson's "instincts and toughness," saying, "I watched him for two hours and just laughed. He was so good." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein tweeted Sunday that Dawson's combine showing threw "a monkey wrench" into his draft stock.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 3:09 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson made his debut at No. 47 NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"Dawson is an undersized inside linebacker with outstanding instincts, versatility and production," Jeremiah wrote. "Against the run, he is very quick to key/read and he beats blockers to spots. He doesn't stutter before shooting gaps and he collects a lot of tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. He has the speed/range to make plays from sideline to sideline. He lacks the size and thump to consistently stack and shed lead blockers, but he is crafty to slip or avoid without creating a void. He is a sure tackler that runs his feet on contact. In pass coverage, he is athletic enough to mirror tight ends and running backs. There are some rumblings about work ethic/attitude issues off the field, but it doesn't show up on tape. Overall, Dawson isn't as explosive as former TCU LB Daryl Washington, but his instincts and versatility are very similar." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson led the Horned Frogs with 136 tackles (80 solo, 20 for loss) in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 11:49 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that TCU RB B.J. Catalon "is a fast and versatile back who warrants Day 3 consideration because of his talent, but his history with concussions (his most recent one took place Nov. 1, 2014, against West Virginia) could scare teams away."

"His medical testing will be important as a result," McShay wrote. Catalon missed the school's bowl game against Ole Miss due to a concussion, not the first time a head injury kept him sidelined. He declared for the draft early, and we speculated at the time that his decision had to do with maximizing his earning potential with his shelf life in mind.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah questions TCU junior S Chris Hackett's speed and notes that he has "too many low missed tackles."

"Lot of buzz about TCU safety Chris Hackett. So far, I'm not a huge fan. Question speed and too many low missed tackles. I prefer Sample (Louisville)," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Hackett has been said to have to run a 4.62 40-yard dash. The versatile safety recorded 75 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions for the Horned Frogs this season. As a sophomore, Hackett finished second on the team in tackles with 88 in 2013.
Feb 13 - 4:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that every time he studies TCU, LB Paul Dawson "makes every tackle."

"I've heard plenty of knocks on Paul Dawson but every time I study TCU, he makes every tackle. He'll be added to my top 50," Jeremiah tweeted. Our own Josh Norris ups the ante, and believes the TCU prospect is a top 32 talent in this year's class. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dawson led the Horned Frogs with 136 tackles (80 solo, 20 for loss) in 2014. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year could hear his name called in the first round of this year's draft.
Feb 13 - 3:45 PM

TCU LB Paul Dawson "has become a bit of a cult figure in scouting circles because of his extraordinary instincts and playmaking ability," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"In November, when I first started my draft profiles, I had a scout text me to 'go watch the TCU linebacker, No. 47'," Zierlein wrote. "I did and it was memorable. Forced fumbles, interceptions, fumble recoveries, sacks, tackles for losses, passes defensed -- these all come much more easily to linebackers that are moving in the direction of the play before the ball is snapped, which is Dawson in a nutshell. If he runs in the 4.6 range in the 40 at the combine, he could find himself in the first round, despite character red flags I have noted." Dawson said recently that he's been running the forty in the 4.6s, so that shouldn't be a problem. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, believes Dawson is a top 32 talent in this year's class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:45 PM

Amid "character concerns" surrounding his evaluation, TCU LB Paul Dawson decided to tell his own story to USA Today.

The story is very much an open book, as Dawson reveals the ups and downs during his time at TCU. One anecdote includes his position coach telling Dawson he is more of a role player than All-American, which the linebacker had circled to define himself. Questions have been brought up about Dawson's commitment to the game, stemming from those same coaches. He says he holed up in a room in the facility until midnight on multiple nights, later than coaches would stay. " I stayed, probably watched two hours a night, so that's about 10 hours extra a week. I put in that work, did what I needed to do, and it all paid off," Dawson writes. He did fail a drug test his sophomore year for Adderall, which was prescribed to him a few months later. Dawson then added "I was tardy a lot. I'd probably be a couple minutes late to that meeting or a weight-room session." He concluded by saying head coach Gary Patterson might call Dawson a "knucklehead," but with the caveat that
Source: USA Today
Feb 12 - 10:46 AM

TCU LB Paul Dawson wrote in a USA Today diary entry that it's "hurtful" that people say he has "character concerns."

Dawson's entire essay, available at the link below, is pretty fascinating and deserves a read. In it, he tells his story and attempts to take back control of the narrative that he's a problem child. Dawson writes that he failed one drug test for Adderall at TCU, but never failed another after getting a prescription for it a few months later. He also wrote that he "never got in any trouble, never suspended." He does admit to being "tardy a lot," but downplayed the issue. "I guarantee if you call Coach P right now, the only thing he'd say is I'm a knucklehead," Dawson said. "But he would also say that everybody should coach a guy like Paul Dawson — a dude who has a lot of potential, who has the drive, who has the capability to go far and is very eager." Dawson added that he has a chance to go in Round 1, and said he's been running the forty in the 4.6s.
Source: USA Today
Feb 11 - 8:56 PM

One AFC West regional scout notes that TCU LB Paul Dawson's "personal character is going to be a major issue for some teams."

"He's an early-round player without any question, but you don't have to dig around very deep or very long to realize that his personal character is going to be a major issue for some teams," the scout told NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "My grade will be two rounds later than just the talent grade. It has to be factored in." Character concerns aside, the TCU prospect shows great acceleration and the change of direction to win in space. Dawson has the ability to be a three down defender at the next level, and teams could be willing to take a gamble on his talent alone. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Paul Dawson is a top 32 talent in this year's draft class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 2:51 PM

TCU DC Dick Bumpas plans to retire.

Bumpas joined TCU in 2004 and put together a number of quality defenses over his 11 seasons. All defensive coordinators bring up aggression and physical play when talking with the media, but Bumpas' defenses actually walked the walk. We have admired his coaching from afar for quite some time.
Feb 5 - 9:37 AM


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