Jr. Quarterback Kenny Hill
The Texas A&M transfer has been mostly successful through his first three games with TCU. He has thrown for 1035 yards on 88-of-135 passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
He has also scrambled for 166 yards on 27 attempts and has found the end zone six times.
Hill’s athleticism adds another dimension to the Frogs’ offense and won’t be afraid to tuck the ball and run against SMU.
Jr. Wide Receiver Taj Williams
TCU leading receiver and kick returner KaVonte Turpin is out with an undisclosed injury—though a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram cites a tweet from Blaine McDaniel, Turpin’s friend, which claims the receiver tore his PCL. The tweet has been deleted, but either way Turpin is out.
With Turpin out, Williams should get a bigger role in the offense. He is currently third on the team in receptions with 14 and second behind Turpin in receiving yards with 184. His two receiving touchdowns are the most on the team.
Jr. Running Back Kyle Hicks
Injuries have been biting TCU a lot lately. This season the Frogs have also lost freshman receiver Isaiah Graham, running back Shaun Nixon, and backup offensive lineman Trey Elliot and Bryson Henderson.
Hicks has been getting the lion’s share of the carries through the first three weeks and that shouldn’t change against SMU. He has carried the rock 38 times and has rushed for 225 yards with five touchdowns.
Hicks also gets in on the passing game and is the Frogs’ second leading receiver with 15 catches, 168 yards and another score.
Jr. Linebacker Sammy Douglas
Douglas is the Frogs’ second leading tackler with 25 stops, just one behind Ty Summers’ 26. Douglas also has three tackles for a loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. The 6-3, 215 pound linebacker missed the majority of 2015 due to an injury so he is eager to make up for the missed time.
He is in on most plays and on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage. If he gets going and can apply pressure to Ben Hicks, he can create a lot of problems.
Sr. Defensive Tackle Aaron Curry
Curry is the Frogs’ leading pass rusher with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and a quarterback hurry. He is just half a sack from matching his career best of three.
TCU still hasn’t recorded an interception and has just one fumble recovery. Turnovers, particularly interceptions usually start with the front seven. The more pressure a defense can put on a quarterback the more likely he is to turn it over. Hicks has already been picked off five times this season and if TCU can generate any kind of pass rush it will likely get its first of 2016.