The Dalton Gang

What a pleasure to have receivers of the caliber of TCU. Quarterback Andy Dalton knows that they will get open and will come down with the catch when he needs them the most.

There are many reasons for the increased efficiency of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton. 

To start, look no further than the Frog receivers.  All of them return from last year and yet, still there are no senior wideouts on the roster. 

Jeremy Kerley (5-10, 192, Jr.) has big play ability, gaining 77 yards rushing in their "Wild Frog" formation against BYU in 2008.  Kerley has 38 receptions for 467 yards and two touchdowns.

He has incredible moves in picking up huge chunks of yardage after the catch. This ability to run to daylight has helped him become one of the nation's top punt returners.   Nowhere is this better exhibited than highlight reel touchdowns against Colorado State and SMU .  Kerley is also an excellent blocker.

Jimmy Young (6-1, 204, Jr.) was just 12 yards short of recording a 1,000-yard season last year.  Young grabbed 59 passes last year, fourth on the single-season list at TCU.  Young's 988 receiving yards is second best all-time.  Young had four 100-yard games last year, led by a record 226-yard effort that also included three touchdown catches against Wyoming .

Young missed most of spring practice with an injury and has 29 receptions for 449 yards and three scores this season.  Nevertheless, he is a dangerous receiver with speed to burn.

Bart Johnson (6-0, 195, Jr.) had 15 catches last year but has doubled that production with 30 catches for 398 yards and two touchdowns.

Antoine Hicks (6-2, 200, So.) has been the biggest scoring threat of the group, finding the end zone six times.  He has 19 receptions for 433 yards and his 22.8 yards-per-catch average leads the team.

Running back Ryan Christian has 19 catches for 244 yards and three scores and receiver Curtis Clay (6-1, 185, Jr.) has 16 grabs for 202 yards and two TD's as Dalton has really spread the wealth. 

Dalton 's protection has been excellent all year and defenses are focused on the vaunted Horned Frog running attack, but this talented group of receivers has an uncanny ability to get open when Dalton needs an option.

They will give the Boise State secondary plenty to think about when the two teams meet Monday night in the Fiesta Bowl.



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