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2016 Fierce 40 Previews: #26 TCU

by DJ Boyer on Jul. 22, 2016

#26 TCU Horned Frogs

2015 Recap:

TCU went 11-2 and narrowly missed qualifying for the College Football Playoff. TCU was undefeated on the season if you throw out the state of Oklahoma as they lost to the Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The 47-41 win over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl after losing quarterback Trevoyne Boykin may have been the best comeback of the entire college football season.


Coaching:
Gary Patterson is one of the top coaches at the FBS level and he has won 143 games at TCU in a 15-year period. Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meachem serve as co-offensive coordinators and the Air Raid offense started two years ago has proven more then effective. Defensive Coordinator Chad Glasgow may have more weapons to work with on his side of the football this season.


Offense

We have seen the wondrs the Air Raid offense has done for TCU as they have finished in the top 10 for scoring offense in each of the last two seasons. This year Trevone Boykin, Josh Doctson and Aaron Green, the leading passer, receiver and running back, are all gone. In fact only 1 starter returns from last years team in the form of left tackle Joseph Noteboom. Kenny Hill comes over from Texas A&M and he seems to have the inside track to the starting job quarterback position ahead of sophomore Foster Sawyer, though both should see considerable time. The wide receivers have experience, especially Ty Slanina. Keep an eye on JUCO transfer Taj Williams, who could become the big play receiver in this offense. The offensive line has a lot of able bodies, the trick will be finding the right chemistry and combination of starters to work.
 

Best Draft Prospects: Kenny Hill QB 7th Round 2018.

                                       Joseph Noteboom OT 5th Round 2018.


Defense

TCU has been known more for defensive prospects over the last few years vice the prospects on offense. The most draft-ready prospects for 2017 fall into that category once again and it all starts up front along the line. Josh Carraway led the team with 9 sacksa and had 11.5 tackles for loss. TCU will get back 2014 sack leader James McFarland to play opposite Carraway after missing all of last season due to injury. The linebackers return a pair of starters from last season in Travin Howard and Montrel Wilson. Denzel Johnson is back at strong safety and his 13.5 tackles for loss last year paced the team. Johnson is a physical presence who plays the run and is improving against the pass. Nick Orr is back in the secondary as the teams fifth defensive back. In more traditional four secondary sets look for linebacker Ty Summers to find the field. This is a very capable defensive that is a little thin on depth but not on talent.

Best Draft Prospects: Josh Carraway DE 4th Round 2017.

                                      James McFarland DE 5th Round 2017.


Special Teams:

Jaden Oberkrom is gone after leaving not opnly as TCU's all-time field goal leader but the career leader for the Big 12 Conference. TCU also lost their punter so changes are abound on special teams. Jonathan Song looks like the player who will step in at kicker while Adam Nunez will be the punter. Neither of these positions are official but the players mentioned have all but won the jobs thus far.


Schedule:

TCU's November 5th contest on the road against Baylor looks to be the only time all year TCU will have to travel and face a ranked team. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and an out of conference date with Arkansas, are all home contests. This means the schedule is very favorable for TCU this season.

Draft and Overall Outlook:

We don't see any first day picks here but TCU will have plenty of players taken from their roster in the draft on the second or third day of the process. The outlook for this team is strong and the future is very bright as TCU is doing a better and better job recruiting along with landing top flight JUCO players. Oklahoma looks like the cream of the crop in the Big 12 but the #2 team looks like a fierce battle and TCU is in the middle of that hunt.

DJ Boyer