AS THE OREGON STATE football team prepares for fall camp and the upcoming season, BeaverFootball.com, on the heels of our just completed fall focus positional previews, launches a new series breaking down the competition. We begin with a Week 1 road trip to Arlington, Texas -- and a collision course with TCU, projected to be a Top 10 team when the official polls are released.

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 The Word on the Horned Frogs

Last year's Frog squad had just 10 returning starters but was arguably the most talented of the non-BCS schools. This year the Frogs lose DE Jerry Hughes but have 16 returning starters including QB Andy Dalton who led the Frogs most potent offense in recent memory. Last year they had to replace their top 3 tacklers and this year have 3 of the top 4 back... Phil Steele

Quarterback Andy Dalton should be a Heisman candidate. Of course in May, Pee Wee Herman is a Heisman candidate, but you get my drift. The next great TCU defensive end is Wayne Daniels, one of nine defensive starters back from the No. 5 scoring defense... CBS Sports

The Horned Frogs probably would have started the season in everyone's top five had they stopped that fake punt against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. That doesn't mean TCU will sneak up on anyone this season. Dalton, Johnson and Carder are known commodities, and youngsters such as Maponga -- a potential replacement for Jerry Hughes at defensive end -- will try to keep the Horned Frogs in the national title conversation...Sports Illustrated

The offense that finished last year fifth in the nation in scoring gets nine starters back. One of them, tackle Marshall Newhouse, wasn't as good as Marcus Cannon, who'll move from the right side to the left, while the one other lost starter, RB Joseph Turner, won't be missed in any way with an upgraded role for both Matthew Tucker and Ed Wesley. Throw in the return of the reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, QB Andy Dalton, one of the most explosive receiving corps in America, and a line loaded with all-stars, and there's no reason to not expect even more pop... College Football News

Quarterback Andy Dalton triggers a potent offense that is very deep at running back, and even though Jerry Hughes is gone to NFL riches, since when doesn't a Gary Patterson team have a good defense? Athlon

While the likely successor, at least in terms of becoming the team's defensive leader, appears destined to be LB Tank Carder, finding a pass rusher will be another question. The reliance on the pass rush may be turned down a notch as there isn't a returning defensive lineman who had more than 5.5 sacks in 2009. Hughes had 11.5... FOX Sports

If the college football world thought TCU has been peaking lately as one of the nation's toughest teams, get ready (you BCS Buster advocates) because the Horned Frogs are stacking up to be just as good in their 2010 follow up act... NationalChamps.net

It will be business as usual for the Horned Frogs in 2010, but the mode may be somewhat different from how we're accustomed. The offense may be the driving force behind a national championship run for the defending conference champions... OffTheBag.com


 Horned Frogs at a Glance
 Head Coach  Gary Patterson
 at TCU  83-28 (10th Year)
 2009 Record  12-1 Overall, 8-0 WAC
 Home/Road/ Neutral  6-0 / 6-0 / 0-1
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  9 / 2
 Def Starters Ret/Lostt  7 / 4
 Lettermen Returning  54
 Off/Def/Specc  27 / 24 / 3
 Lettermen Lost  14
 2009 Team Statistics
 Total Offense
 Rushing Offense
 Passing Offense
 Total Defense
 Rushing Defense
 Passing Defense
 Pts Allowed/Game
 Returning Stat Leaders
Diondre Borel  #14 Andy Dalton | 6-3 | 220 | Sr. | QB
 Passing: 199-323, 2756 Yds, 23 TDs, 8 INTs
Robert Turbin  #29 Matthew Tucker | 6-1 | 210 | So. | RB
 Rushing: 105 Att, 676 Yds, 6.4 Avg, 8 TDs
Stanley Morrison  #85 Jeremy Kerley | 5-10 | 192 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 44 Rec, 532 Yds, 12.1 Avg, 2 TDs
Bobby Wagner  #43 Tank Carder | 6-2 | 232 | Jr. | LB
 Tackles: 89 Total, 51 Solo, 10.0 TFL, 1 INT
Rajric Coleman  #3 Tejay Johnson | 6-1 | 212 | Sr. | S
 INTs: 3 for 22 Yds, 59 Tackles, 35 Solo, 1.0 TFL
Chris Randle  #96 Wayne Daniels | 6-2 | 250 | Sr. | DE
 SACKS: 5.5 for 33, 50 Tackles, 20 Solo, 9.0 TFL
 Series History
 Games Played  0
 Series Record  0-0
 Last Meeting  Never
 First Meeting  Sept. 4, 2010
 Average Score  0-0
 More on the Horned Frogs
Home | Roster | Coaches | 2009 Stats | 2010 Schedule | BigPurpleNation.com


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