Five Things We Know Heading Into TCU Practices

TCU football practices start today, here is what we know heading into fall camp.

TCU held their annual preseason press conference on Monday. Here are five things we learned from the presser:

Quarterback will be named at least 9-10 days out:    

The quarterback competition is likely the biggest storyline heading into camp and Patterson said he will name a starter at least nine to ten days out from the Frogs first game – if not sooner.

“They have to get where they are used to that guy,” said Patterson. “They need to know they are going to see that guy in the huddle…it’s not fair to just the quarterback, but everybody else, to know who you are going to step in the huddle with in the first ball game.”

The race will be between Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill and sophomore Foster Sawyer. It’s our projection the former Aggie wins the job.

The speed at linebacker is sick:

The Frogs first five LBs run sub 4.6 forties. To put that in perspective, only four linebackers at least year’s NFL combine ran that well. The speed will help TCU be more flexible on defense in 2016. 

“There are different packages where we can play with those guys, depending on personnel groups and formations,” said defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow. “One of the cool things about Travin (Howard) last year was he could line up and play linebacker and then go play safety. That gave us a lot of variability to change things without changing the personnel.”

The defensive line is still looking for a few leaders:

The loss of defensive tackle Davison Pierson and two other contributors on the defensive line leave a hole for the Frogs heading into practices.

“We need some leadership to still step up there,” said Glasgow. “Josh Caraway is a perfect example of that…some young guys are going to have to come in and play to accomplish the things we want to do.”

One player who appears ready to pick up the slack is senior James McFarland, who redshirted in 2015 due to injury. He led the team in sacks in 2014. Head coach Gary Patterson was happy with McFarland’s offseason.

No Josh Doctson, but maybe more depth at WR:

Losing a 1,300 yard receiver isn’t exactly easy. It’s downright hard. But TCU might be in a better position that most think.

“Even with Doctson, we didn’t at times have maybe the depth that we have right now,” said co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. “We have a lot of different weapons. WE have depth at the position. It could be a good year. Our philosophy on balance is how many guys can touch the ball.”

Four really good receivers is better than one great one any day.

Young guys will continue to get their shot:

Patterson and the Frogs have never been shy about playing younger guys and once again it appears multiple true freshman will get their shot to get into the two-deep.  This coming after a top 15 recruiting class for Patterson in 2016. 

Isaiah Graham, a wide receiver from Louisiana who enrolled early, was the surprise of the spring according to Patterson. But in addition guys like the following were mentioned by Patterson.

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