Best of 2012

HornedFrogBlitz.com takes a look back at the best of 2012.

Now that the 2012 season is complete, we at HornedFrogBlitz.com wanted to take a look back at season. Who'd we think was the top player on offense? Defense? What surprise player made a splash? Best game?

We take a look at each of these categories and give our votes on who ranked the best.

Offensive Player of the Year
Jeremy Clark - Josh Boyce
Boyce turned in another strong performance in 2012, even without the benefit of a seasoned quarterback. Despite the Frogs being led by a redshirt freshman at quarterback in Trevone Boykin, Boyce still broke the Frogs' single-season reception record with 66. Two of his biggest catches came on the road at West Virginia with a 94-yard reception that helped send the game to overtime. His two-point conversion catch helped the Frogs leave Morgantown with a much needed win. Boyce capped off his 2012 campaign with a 5 catch, 91-yard effort against Michigan State.

Jeremiah Glenn - Josh Boyce
Boyce set the TCU single season record for receptions in a season with his 5 catch 91 yard performance in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Michigan State. Should Boyce opt to come back to TCU instead of entering the NFL draft as a junior, the 6'0" 205 pound receiver should push his record to tough to reach heights.

Alex Apple - Josh Boyce
Boyce finished the season with 66 catches for 7 scores. While the passing game took a hit after the departure of Pachall, Boyce remained a dependable target for Trevone Boykin. He was the only receiver to break 40 catches for TCU this season, and he was a consistent threat. Boyce is one of just three players nationally to have 600 yards receiving and six touchdown catches in each of the last three seasons, and while the rest of the receiving corps was inconsistent, Boyce proved to be the offensive MVP. .
 

Defensive Player of the Year
Clark - Jason Verrett
Looking back, there wasn't a more consistent player on the Frogs' defense than Jason Verrett. Verrett simply was a lockdown corner for the Big 12 conference defensive leader. Anytime you limit Stedman Bailey, Terrance Williams and Kenny Stills to a combined six catches, you're a special player. Verrett finished the season with 6 interceptions and 15 PBU, which rankeded first in the Big 12.

Glenn - Jason Verrett
This was tough because this award could just as easily have gone to Devonte Fields. Verrett was a force in the secondary and his productive season helped him land on several All-American teams. With 6 interceptions and 15 PBU, Verrett was the epitome of a shutdown corner in 2012.

Apple - Jason Verrett
Think back to how Jason Verrett, then a fresh junior college transfer, played a season ago against Baylor in Waco. Verrett was burned time and time again. The next day he considered quitting football, but Patterson told him about the potential he saw in him. One year later Verrett is one of the premier defenders in the country and an All-American. He leads what is poised to be a dominant secondary in 2013. Verrett's 6 interceptions and pivotal blocked kick against West Virginia earn him TCU's defensive MVP award. Verrett also proved this season that he could shed blocks and help defend the run as well as the pass.
 

Freshman of the Year
Clark - Devonte Fields
53 tackles, 10 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss...need I say more?

Glenn - Devonte Fields
Fields wins this award in a landslide, and that's saying something considering the performances of a number of freshmen in 2012. The 6'4" 250 pound DE recorded 10 sacks on the season and grew into a leader on the defense as the season progressed. With Fields and Stansly Maponga coming back next year, they have a chance to be the most electrifying pass rush duo in the entire country in 2013. With a year in the strength and conditioning program, look out Big 12, it's about to get ugly.

Apple - Devonte Fields
Few people expected Devonte Fields to be as dominant as he was in 2012. When senior Ross Forrest was injured, he began to mentor the talented freshman Fields. With 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss, Fields was a dominant force from game one. I gave Fields considerable consideration for defensive MVP over Jason Verrett. Often overlooked is Fields football acumen that he possessed as a true freshman. Fields had the discipline and intelligence to maintain his assignments and diagnose plays quickly. Another offseason in a college weight room should make Fields and Maponga one of the premier rushing duos in the country.
 

Surprise player of the year
Clark - B.J. Catalon
With so many young players this season, this selection was the hardest as I could've gone many different ways. But, for me, choosing Catalon made the most sense. Catalon replaced an injured Waymon James just two games into the season and he responded by leading the team with 582 rushing yards. He also added 23 receptions and a TD. Although he didn't score a rushing touchdown this season, he did have some big games including a season high of 86 yards against Iowa State. He added 79 and 72 the following weeks against Baylor and Texas Tech.

Glenn - Chris Hackett
We knew early on that Chris Hackett was going to be a player. We just didn't see him knocking Jonathan Anderson out of the starting lineup this year. Even after he won the job, I still didn't see him locking down the position for the rest of the year the way he did. The RS Freshman from Tyler, TX was a force in the secondary against the run and the pass and his ferocious hitting style won him a reputation early on. He'll only get better from here and that has to be scary for the rest of the Big 12.

Apple - Chris Hackett
After Jonathan Anderson struggled mightily at the beginning of the season, Hackett stepped in and was a key component of the TCU defense at his weakside safety position. Hackett finished with 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 61 tackles. Hackett was the missing piece of a secondary that took off after he cemented himself in the starting lineup. The redshirt freshman showed why he was one of the top ranked safeties in Texas coming out of high school. With three years of eligibility remaining, Hackett will be a key starter for the foreseeable future.
 

Best Game of the Year
Clark - TCU's win over Texas
While it wasn't the most exciting, nail-biting game of the year, for me it was the game people finally started to give the Frogs some respect. Anyone who watched that game, from TCU fans to Texas fans, know that TCU dominated that game from start to finish. And it came against the team that is one of the most hated teams from TCU fans. TCU's defense was on all night, sans a late scoring drive by Texas. That game sent a message to recruits across the state and set the Longhorns fan base ablaze. What's not to love about that?

Glenn - TCU's 2OT win at West Virginia
This game was huge for the Frogs. They looked like they were dead in the water but a late Trevone Boykin miracle play connected with Josh Boyce for a 94 yard TD to give the Frogs life. TCU took a page from their victory over Boise State in 2011 and opted to go for two and the win in double overtime, instead of the tie. Boykin rolled to his right and hit Boyce for the victory, securing a bowl game for the Frogs in 2012.

Apple - TCU's win over WV to get them bowl eligible
The Frogs defense struggled at times in this game, and West Virginia's Tavon Austin gave the Frogs all they can handle. The Frogs showed toughness and fight to comeback on the road in a hostile environment. With 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, Boykin found Josh Boyce on a 94 yard pass for a TD. In overtime, a Jaden Oberkrom missed field goal put TCU on the ropes, but Jason Verrett blocked the game winning field goal attempt from West Virginia. Then in the second overtime, Gary Patterson made the call to go for two and ran the same play that he ran at the end of regulation against Boise State a season earlier. And once again, Patterson's aggressiveness paid off.
 

Best Play of the Year
Clark - 94-yard completion from Boykin to Boyce
I thought about the two-point conversion on this, but that's not even possible without the dramatic 94-yard touchdown from Boykin to Boyce moments earlier. Boykin had to avoid a couple of sack attempts before launching the ball to a wide open Boyce, who outran the Mountaineer defense the rest of the way.

Glenn - Boyce's 94-yard catch
How can you not go with the 94 yard touchdown pass from Boykin to Boyce in their road win against West Virginia as time was running out on the Frogs? The play was made possible by Boykin's ability to keep a play alive with his feet and Boyce's breakaway speed. Although it was an up and down season for TCU, the Horned Frogs have much brighter days ahead for them in the Big 12.

Apple - Jason Verrett blocks Tyler Bitancourt's game-winning field goal attempt in overtime.
 


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