Are Frogs elite? Comparing 2013 to 2010

Alex Apple takes a look at how the 2013 TCU squad compares to the 2010 13-0 squad that won the Rose Bowl. How do the Frogs stack up position by position against one of the best teams in school history.

With many expecting TCU to contend for the 2013 Big 12 championship, we take a look at how the 2013 team compares to the Rose Bowl winning team of 2010.


2010: Andy Dalton, Casey Pachall

2013: Casey Pachall, Trevone Boykin

Comparison: The Frogs are deeper at quarterback now, but Dalton was one of the most consistent passers in the country in 2010. Dalton threw 27 touchdowns to just six interceptions, and Pachall returns this season the nation's most efficient returning quarterback. Dalton, however, was a great leader, and Pachall must prove again this season that he can be the face and leader of a football team.

Advantage: 2010

Key Player: Casey Pachall. Frogs need consistency and accountability from their signal caller.

Running back:

2010: Ed Wesley, Matthew Tucker, Waymon James, Aundre Dean

2013: Waymon James, B.J. Catalon, Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks, Jordan Moore

Comparison: Wesley, Tucker and James were a terrific trio. James and Wesley both averaged six yards per carry, and Tucker ran for over 700 yards. Catalon and James lead a strong 2013 group that has potential in the form of former five star Aaron Green and freshman Kyle Hicks. James must stay healthy, and Catalon should be much more consistent in his second season with the Frogs.

Advantage: 2013

Key Player: BJ Catalon. James may or may not always be healthy, so Catalon must be the Frogs' rock.

Wide receiver:

Cam White has the talent to be a key playmaker in the TCU offense.
2010: Jeremy Kerley, Josh Boyce, Jimmy Young, Bart Johnson, Antoine Hicks

2013: Cam White, Brandon Carter, Ladarius Brown, Ja'Juan Story, Deante Gray, Kolby Listenbee, Matt Brown, Josh Doctson, David Porter

Comparison: The Frogs are extremely deep at receiver heading into 2013, but with Josh Boyce gone, few of them can lay claim to showing any consistency so far in their careers. Production must start to matchup with talent. Kerley, Boyce and Young were all consistent playmakers, and Bart Johnson joined that group to give the Frogs four receivers that all caught 30 passes. While the competition was not as stiff throughout the season, Dalton had four consistent threats on which he could count.

Advantage: 2010

Key Player: Cam White. It's time for him to live up to his potential.

Tight ends:

2010: Evan Frosch, Logan Brock

2013: Stephen Bryant, Griffin Gilbert

Comparison: Brock and Frosch combined for just eight catches that season, but Brock scored twice and gained nearly 20 yards per catch. Bryant and Gilbert will probably put up similar stats in 2013 because TCU rarely uses the tight end position in the passing game. Stephen Bryant is a versatile player, and Gilbert can also play receiver. However, snaps for Gilbert at receiver may be few because of TCU's depth at the position.

Advantage: Push

Key Player: Griffin Gilbert. Best receiving tight end TCU has had in several years.

Offensive line:

2010: Marcus Cannon, Kyle Dooley, Jake Kirkpatrick, Jeff Olson, Josh Vernon

2013: Aviante Collins, Tayo Fabuluje, Joey Hunt, James Dunbar, Michael Thompson, Lloyd Tunstill, Halipoulivaati Vaitai

Comparison: The 2010 line was more experienced, and Kirkpatrick and Cannon were special players. TCU has good depth at the tackle position this year, but the interior of the line is largely a mystery. Will Michael Thompson be healthy? Can Tunstill start right away? If TCU wants to run the ball effectively, the interior of the line must get straightened out, and Eddie Williamson will need to get these individuals playing as a unit.

Advantage: 2010

Key player: Lloyd Tunstill. Frogs need Tunstill to step up. His size is his biggest asset.

Defensive line:

Chuck Hunter is an underrated commodity for the TCU defense.
2010: Stansly Maponga, Wayne Daniels, Cory Grant, Kelly Griffin, D.J. Yendrey

2013: Devonte Fields, Davion Pierson, Chucky Hunter, Jon Lewis, James McFarland, Jon Koontz, Terrell Lathan

Comparison: When Fields returns from suspension, he will need to be an impact player for the Frogs. Hunter and Pierson are also potential all-conference players. The biggest question mark will be who lines up opposite Fields. McFarland is a hard worker who will compete against Koontz and possibly Tuaua for playing time. Wayne Daniels had 14 tackles for a loss in 2010, but the Frogs had only one player with more than 3.5 sacks that season.

Advantage: 2013

Key Player: Devonte Fields. People worry about who lines up opposite Fields. If he plays like last season, it won't matter.


2010: Tanner Brock, Tank Carder, Kenny Cain, Kris Gardner

2013: Joel Hasley, Marcus Mallet, Paul Dawson

Comparison: Tanner Brock led the 2010 team with 106 tackles as a sophomore. Tank Carder recorded 60 tackles and had 9.5 tackles for loss. The 2010 also had formidable backups. The top end talent and depth is not near as good on the 2013 team. There is a lot of pressure on Marcus Mallet to play well, or Derrick Kindred could see a lot of time on the field as Patterson opts for the 4-1-6.

Advantage: 2010

Key Player: Marcus Mallet. Isn't it obvious?


2010: Jason Teague, Greg McCoy, Tejay Johnson, Colin Jones, Tekerrein Cuba, Alex Ibiloye, Tyler Luttrell

2013: Jason Verrett, Kevin White, Elisha Olabode, Sam Carter, Chris Hackett, Travosky Garrett, Derrick Kindred

Comparison: There were no superstars in the 2010 secondary but Teague, Johnson, and Cuba were steady and consistent. Johnson was the vocal leader who made everyone else better. Verrett had six interceptions a year ago, and Olabode, Carter, and Hackett could all be considered "stars" after the 2013 season. TCU has decent depth at each position besides free safety. The secondary will be the best unit on the 2013 defense.

Advantage: 2013.

Key Player: Kevin White. If he wins job, he must be reliable since teams will be throwing his way.

Special teams:

2010: Ross Evans, Anson Kelton, Jeremy Kerley

2013: Jaden Oberkrom, Ethan Perry, Deante Gray

Comparison: Kerley was a fan favorite returning kicks and averaged 13 yards per punt return and 28 yards per kick return. Ross Evans connected on 11 of 13 field goals but also kicked too many kickoffs out of bounds. Kelton was solid punting as he averaged 42 yards per kick. Expectations are high for the combination of Oberkrom and Perry. Perry averaged 44 yards per punt last season. Deante Gray is a shifty runner who took his first punt return to the house for a TD last season. Oberkrom should give Patterson fewer grey hairs than Evans.

Advantage: 2013.

Key Player: Jaden Oberkrom. Kicker will be important if Frogs are going to win a conference title.

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