Questions Being Answered

TCU held their eighth practice of the spring. What big question marks prior to the spring are being answered? Find out now!

Heading into spring camp, several questions surrounded TCU's football team. Who would step up at key positions, what will the new offense look like and one of the most important; who would take the reins at quarterback?

Through eight practices, some of those questions are being answered.

On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson discussed his team's progress and when asked about the battle at quarterback the coach says for now it's not as close as some might expect.

"There's not any comparison; Trevone is still the number one guy and Tyler would be number two and then Zach," Patterson said.

Patterson has been pleased with the offenses up tempo and the ability for each quarterback to run the new system. When asked what stands out about Boykin above the others, Patterson listed multiple reasons.

"He's athletic and it's hard to blitz him and he's making right decisions," he said. "In the scrimmage he didn't throw any interceptions."

While the race at quarterback is currently being led by Boykin, Patterson was also quick to point out that each signal caller will continue to develop with each practice this spring and fall.

"It doesn't matter what they do now, they'll be completely different (this fall)," he said. "They're going to have so many more practices under their belt when we play our first ball game."

While the offense seems to be under good direction with the quarterbacks, defensively the Frogs have plenty of room for improvement according to Patterson. The coach mentioned several long plays happened in the scrimmage on Saturday.

"Defensively we gave up too many big plays in the scrimmage; especially the two's," he said. "The one's tackled better than we have in other years. We just need to keep focused on what we're doing."

One player that has stepped up this spring is redshirt freshman cornerback Ranthony Texada. The young corner has drawn consistent praise from Patterson this spring and that continued again on Monday after another strong performance from Texada.

"Ranthony is further along than we thought he was; he's just got to keep competing," Patterson said of the freshman corner. "I've been very pleased with him. Ranthony worked with us in the fall and he got a lot more reps. There's a lot more confidence level with what he's doing."


Patterson told the media on Monday that senior strong safety Sam Carter will be held out the rest of spring due to an injury. In Carter's absence, sophomore Denzel Johnson and redshirt freshman George Baltimore received reps in Saturday's scrimmage; Johnson with the first team and Baltimore with the two's.

"We're going to hold him out, he's got a little bit of an injury," he said of Carter. "He didn't go Saturday and he won't go the rest of the spring. It's kind of like last spring where he didn't go the last week and a half. So, we'll grow up the young strong safeties."

Spring is to grow them up; you don't have the time to grow them up in two-a-days. It helped Kindred last year when Sam went out and it will help those guys out as we go forward."


By now, Frog fans know plenty about junior Jordan Moore. He's regarded as one of the most athletic players on the Frogs' roster and is a heralded track athlete. However, it's the number of different positions Moore has played since arriving on campus that has Frog fans trying to figure out where he will ultimately wind up. It appears Moore has finally found a home at receiver.

At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds with world-class speed, Moore has all the tools to be a threat at receiver.

"He's still got a lot to learn at receiver but he's awfully athletic," Patterson said of Moore. "The one thing he brings is he's awfully athletic."

Moore has been so impressive of late that he's pushing Josh Doctson at one of the outside receiver spots.

"Jordan is more athletic, Josh knows more," he said.

Patterson also mentioned Kolby Listenbee is pushing JaJuan Story for the other outside receiver position. Listenbee caught a long touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage.


Aside from quarterback, the question on whether or not the offensive line is improved from a year ago is another big question this spring. Patterson said the offensive line played well on Saturday in pass protection but the run blocking leaves a lot to be desired.

"We only gave up two sacks; the pass blocking was good, the run blocking; terrible," he said. "We've got to keep being more physical. We've got to get on the sled more."


The Frogs signed an impressive 2014 recruiting class last month and while several starting and reserve positions will be given in the spring, depth is still a big concern for the Frogs. That's where the incoming class steps in.

Patterson mentioned on Monday that several signees from the 2014 signing class could see an immediate impact once they arrive on campus.

"At wide receiver we're going to need to just because we don't have the numbers," he said. "I think all of them will. At corner, I feel good about our first two corners but I don't feel good about the next two yet. We'll have three or four guys that will come in and compete for that. We'll get depth at the d-tackle and end position and at linebacker. We have four more offensive linemen coming in. The numbers will make us a lot better."

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