HFB.com Countdown of TCU Impact Players: #11

HFB.com counts downs the top 11 impact players for the Frogs' 2012 season.

TCU 2012 Top Impact Players

With the start of the 2012 season just days away when the Frogs report to camp, HFB.com takes a look at the top 11 impact players that are vital to the Frogs success in the inaugural season in the Big 12.

Starting off our countdown as the #11 impact player is sophomore Jon Lewis. Last season the Frogs defensive line had a down year defending the rush, allowing 123 yards per game which is certainly not up to TCU standards. More importantly, a strong pass rush wasn't as noticeble as year's past. Combine those two factors, it should come as no surprise that Lewis will be looked upon as an impact player this season.

#11 Jon Lewis

Position: DT
Class: Sophomore
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 275
2011 stats: 16 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack
Best game of 2011: 3 TFL, 1 sack vs. BYU
Accolades: None

What makes Lewis an impact player?
Simply put, he plays a position that will be vital in the Horned Frogs' success in their first year in the Big 12. In such a pass-happy league the need to get a good pass rush and maintain a strong presence against the run will determine how well the defense improves from a down year in 2011. Lewis' coming out party was against BYU when he recorded 3 tackles for loss with a sack. He was one guy from the spring that Patterson spoke highly of and mentioned again recently at the Big 12 media days. TCU will still utilize an 8-10 man rotation on the defensive line but look for Lewis, who is listed as the starter at defensive tackle, to be a key cog in the Frogs success on defense this year. He will need to be.

Who will be next at #10? Stay logged on to HornedFrogBlitz.com to find out!

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