#1 TCU is Returning only 5 on defense
A big part of TCU’s 12-1 season was it’s stellar play on both sides of the ball. The offense returns 9 of 11 starters, but the defense only returns five. The Frogs lost Big 12 Players of the Year Paul Dawson, along with fellow linebackers Marcus Mallet and Jonathan Anderson. The favorite to fill at Middle Line backer is Mike Freeze who’s an under sized true freshman. Junior Sammy Douglas is favored at the inside linebacker position but didn’t play much last season and finished the year with only 17 tackles.
# 2. A young secondary
TCU lost a lot of talented defensive backs like Chris Hackett and Sam Carter who were good for 11 interceptions last season. The Frog’s number one cornerback is also no longer with TCU. However, TCU does return safety Derrick Kindred who got a lot of playing time last year. They’ll also have senior safety Kenny Iloka who was able to fill in at safety for the Frogs last year. So it’s vital that those guys step this season or it could be a long year for TCU’s defense.
#3. No safety net at QB
Bottom line,Trevone Boykin is TCU’s best player. Last year he set school records for passing yards, touchdowns and total offense. If Boykin for some reason was too get hurt, bottom line, he wouldn’t have a reliable successor to run the air raid offense. Bram Kohlhausen is the only back-up QB on on TCU’s roster to play at all last season, but all of those minutes were played in garbage time. Losing Boykin could put TCU of playoff contention, without a doubt..