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Spring Practice Primer: TCU

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:18 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 3:34 pm
 


Posted by Tom Fornelli


Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at TCU.

Spring Practice Starts: Saturday, February 25

Spring Game: Thursday, April 5

Three Things To Look For:

1. Replacing the unexpected losses. Like every team, TCU had losses to deal with on both sides of the ball thanks to graduation, but the recent drug bust on campus through a nasty curveball Gary Patterson's way. Now the TCU defense is without three players it was fully expecting to rely on for 2012 in Tanner Brock, D.J. Yendrey and Devin Johnson. One of the biggest stories this spring will be seeing which of the remaining players on the depth chart rise up to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity.

2. Fixing the secondary. From 2008 to 2010 TCU finished as one of the top 5 defenses in the nation in defensive pass efficiency under coach Chad Glasgow. In 2011 Glasgow left to run the defense at Texas Tech and the Horned Frogs saw their pass defense drop to 65th in the nation. Now Glasgow has returned to his old position, and will look to restore the TCU pass defense to what it was when he was last there. And it couldn't come at a better time for TCU, as you might have noticed that the Big 12 is a conference that enjoys airing it out. 

3. How good can this offense be? TCU's offense finished 9th in the country with 40.8 points per game last season, and while its level of competition may be a touch higher this season, the Big 12 isn't exactly known for smothering defense. With Casey Pachall returning at quarterback, along with his top three receivers from 2010, and it's safe to say that the Horned Frogs passing attack may be terrifying in 2012. Oh, and if it isn't, TCU also has three running backs who rushed for over 700 yards last season returning as well. This could be one of the best offenses in the conference in 2012, and the first signs will be seen this spring.

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Comments

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:58 am
 

Spring Practice Primer: TCU

New conference, new offenses, new defenses. It take a little time to adjust even if going to lets say the WAC because everything is new. The hardest part will be the environments, instead of playing away game and only 30,000 fans are screaming at you TCU will have to face 60,000 - 100,000 screaming fans. Every game will be a rivalry game - this is a hard task and a good one. Since everyone is close besides WVU, our athletes will be playing against high school friends. Deep emotions will be coming out of each game which can take a toll throughout the season if not handled properly. TCU will need to learn to handle the new emotional excitement throughout the year, to balance the fiery and stay focused. I think TCU is more prepared than when Utah went to the PAC, but it will take some adjustment. But in Gary Patterson we trust and we have moved to many conferences adjusting to new teams and new environments and that is what we will do in the Big 12, adapt and press forward with strength and success. Go Frogs!



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: TCU

Big 12 defenses are highly under-rated by the media.  The fact is they play against the best offenses in the country every week. I am glad to have TCU back in the same conference as Texas, but they will not be able to maintain the same offensive/defensive stats in the Big12 as they did in the "minor leagues".


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