The Grades Are In: Grambling

The grades are in. HornedFrogBlitz.com reviews the Frogs performance in their 56-0 win over Grambling.

TCU started their 2012 season with a bang in their 56-0 win over Grambling inside the new Amon G. Carter stadium.

The Frogs did little wrong in the big win that moved head football coach Gary Patterson into the top position as TCU's all-time winningest coach.

As we've done for several seasons, we take a look at how each unit performed and grade them on it. This is based solely the opinion of HornedFrogBlitz.com. With that said, let's take a look!

Quarterbacks: A+
Stats: 17-of-17; 276 passing yards, 4 TD

Game review: The Frogs passing game can be described with one word...perfection. Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin put the ball exactly where they needed to on all of their attempts which allowed the receivers to haul in each catch with ease. They broke an NCAA record for most completions without an incompletion, so it wasn't too hard to grade out this group.

Pachall looked in mid-season form in only one half of work. His 21-yard touchdown pass will without a doubt catch the eye of pro scouts, it was an absolute dart. His 16-yard completion to Cam White was yet another "thread the needle" type throw. To show that he has touch, Pachall's best throw of the night might've been his 30-yard completion to Waymon James when he laid it where only James could make a catch.

As for Boykin, we all saw what kind of potential he has; and we still haven't see his arm unleashed. His 34-yard TD in the third quarter was one of the best runs you'll ever see a TCU QB make. He finished with 57 yards on five carries.

Play of the game: Boykin's 34-yard TD run

Runningbacks: A
Stats: 40 rushes, 255 yards, 2 TD; 6.4 yards per carry

Game Review: The Frogs runningbacks did exactly what they were expected to do against a lesser defense; get big yards. Surprisingly, true freshman B.J. Catalon received the most carries with 13 and turned them into 63 yards. Catalon also tied for the team lead for receptions with 4 for 57 yards. His 22-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter when he basically ran over the Grambling defender was a definite crowd pleaser.

Waymon James and Matthew Tucker combined for only 12 carries, but that's what happens when you could've scored over 70 points. James displayed his usual quickness, especially on his 46-yard run down the sideline in the first quarter. He also caught a 30-yard pass on the Frogs first drive of the night.

Tucker averaged five yards per carry and his 16 yard run in the third quarter was a bruising run for Grambling defenders.

Aundre Dean finished the runningback rotation, picking up 28 yards on 7 carries, which included a run for 11 yards. That run and his run for five yards in the third quarter were prime examples of the kind of determination Dean can run with.

Play of the game: Catalon's 22-yard reception

Wide receivers/Tight Ends: A+
Stats: 17 receptions, 276 yards, 4 TD

Game review: The quarterbacks were credited with an NCAA record but someone had to catch those passes. Luckily for the quarterbacks, they have an exceptional group of receivers to throw to. Leading the way, as usual, was junior Josh Boyce who hauled in 4 catches for 102 yards and 2 scores. His 66-yard catch and run proved that the 4.35 he ran over the summer wasn't a fluke.

Sophomore Cam White stepped nicely into the starters role hauling in 2 catches for 26 yards. His 16-yard reception in the first quarter was a great catch in traffic.

Brandon Carter had only one catch but he made the most of it catching it for a 21-yard touchdown.

David Bush tied for the team lead with 4 receptions on the night, becoming Trevone Boykin's main target. He also snagged his first career touchdown in the third quarter.

Play of the game: Josh Boyce's 66-yard catch and run for a TD

Offensive line: A
Stats: Helped the offense to 531 total yards

Game review: The offensive line seems to be a big question every year prior to the first game and by the end, we're usually pleased with the way they performed. Now, the competition wasn't what they'll see in the Big 12 but just based on this game they performed well, especially with the inexperience.

At one point in the first half, the Frogs had two true freshmen at tackle on their scoring drives; Aviante Collins and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Both players did well and along with the fifteen offensive linemen that saw playing time on the night, not once did the Grambling defenders come close to reaching the quarterback.

While the line did well pass blocking, the runningbacks had plenty of holes to run through all night. I was especially impressed with the play of Vaitai, who opened two huge lanes on the right side for a couple of Catalon's runs.

Block of the game: Vaitai's block in the third quarter that sprung Catalon for a gain of 16 yards.

Defensive line: A
Stats: 2 sacks, 4.5 TFL's

Game review: TCU's defense held Grambling to 70 total yard on 47 plays. Let that sink in for a moment. The defensive line played exceptional against Grambling; stuffing the running game and putting pressure on Tiger quarterbacks seemingly all night.

True freshman Devonte Fields led the way with 3 tackles for loss including his first career sack. His quarterback pressure on Grambling quarterback D.J. Williams in the first quarter forced Williams to throw a bad pass that Elisha Olabode snagged for an interception return for a score. Without question, Fields displayed the type of speed that's been missing from the right side for a few years, he had Gramblings Sanford Banks on his heels most of the night.

Defensive tackles Davion Pierson and Jon Lewis also pressured Grambling quarterbacks on the night. Lewis got a big hit on Williams in the 1st quarter that forced a bad pass.

Stansly Maponga had his typical day at the office recording a sack and two tackles. With such a big lead it gave Patterson and staff the chance to rotate several players in and out all night along the d-line. In all, ten players saw action along the defensive line.

Play of the game: Fields pressure on Williams that allowed Olabode to intercept a pass for a score.

Linebackers: A
Stats: 16 tackles

Game review: For the game against Grambling, the linebackers did fine. I look at the most obvious stat on the night and see that the Tigers longest play of the night, both running or passing, was only eight yards. Oddly enough, there weren't many, if any blitzes from the linebackers on the night.

Joel Hasley and Kenny Cain got the start and both recorded five tackles apiece. Both displayed the knack to run sideline to sideline and didn't miss any notable tackles.

Paul Dawson got in the game early for Cain and ended up leading the team in total tackles with 6 on the night. Dawson displayed a strong ability to attack the line of scrimmage; he narrowly missed two tackles for loss with stops made at the line of scrimmage.

The group still has plenty of growing up and this isn't the game to measure them by, but it's a good start because it gave them plenty of experience.

Play of the game: Dawson's tackle at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter

Cornerbacks: A
Stats: 7 tackles, 2 PBU

Game review: Grambling only passed for 26 yards on the night, so the secondary had to do something right.

Although Grambling quarterback D.J. Williams was running for his life most of the night thanks to the pressure of the defensive line, the secondary didn't give Williams a chance to throw to anyone thanks to good coverage downfield. Jason Verrett recorded four tackles on the night and one pass breakup, including one in the second quarter on a deep pass. Verrett displayed good closing speed and nearly intercepted the pass.

Kevin White was equally impressive when it came to covering Grambling receivers. He also recorded three tackles on the night, including a nice solo tackle on a Grambling back in the second quarter.

Deante' Gray played most of the second half for Jason Verrett and although he didn't record a tackle, he nearly had an interception next to TCU's sideline in the third quarter. Had he made the interception, he likely would've seen the end zone for the second time of the night.

Play of the game: Verrett's PBU in the second quarter

Safeties: A
Stats: 13 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 PBU

Game review: The safeties played well against the run and pass on the night. The night got started well for the safeties when Elisha Olabode, who was making his first start at free safety, returned a first quarter interception for a score. He also had a nice pass breakup that with another step by the Grambling receiver would've resulted in a fumble.

Jonathan Anderson got the nod at weak safety while Sam Carter started at strong. Anderson responded with 3 total tackles, including a nice stop on a Grambling back at the line of scrimmage.

Sam Carter recorded 2 tackles, but among the tackles was a sack. He also had another tackle that was nearly a loss.

Chris Hackett came in for Olabode in the second half and responded with two tackles, including a nice jarring hit on one of Gramblings receivers. He also nearly intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter on a nice break on the ball.

Play of the game: Olabode's pick 6

Special teams: A+
Stats: 5 punt returns, 160 yards, 1 TD; 1 KO ret, 10 yards, 8-for-8 XP

Game review: It was an electric night for the return game and more specifically true freshman Deante' Gray.

The cornerback from Houston broke Lindy Berry's single game punt return yardage with 160 yards. Berry held the record since 1947. Gray returned a punt 70 yards for a score on his first career punt return and had another 60 yarder in the fourth quarter.

Needless to say, the punt return unit had a special night.

Another true freshman on the special teams had a good start to his career as well; kicker Jaden Oberkrom. The Arlington Martin product recorded three touchbacks on six kickoffs; two of his kickoffs completely sailed through the end zone. Oberkrom also connected on all of his eight extra point attempts.

The Frogs only punted twice and those were handled by senior Cale Patterson, whose long was 46 yards.

Play of the game: Gray's 70 yard return for a score

Jeremy Clark has covered TCU football and recruiting since 2005. He spent seven years with another recruiting service before joining the FoxSports/Scout.com family in February 2012. He has made appearances on FoxSports Southwest and the NFL Network and radio stations nationwide in his nearly eight years of covering the Frogs.
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