S.) Innis Gaines – The Beaumont native has been working both the weak and strong safety position in fall camp according to Gary Patterson. The head coach has said he’s been a guy who has jumped out with made plays. Gaines defensive awareness was praised in high school and at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, he’s got room to add to his frame.
DE.) Brandon Bowen – The former Baylor signee has wasted no time making an impact on defense. He’s often been one of the first freshman mentioned by Patterson all fall camp. It will be hard to crack the two-deep, but he’s giving it his best shot.
DE.) Tipa Galeai – The sophomore is building on his true freshman campaign, where he registered seven tackles in seven games and one sack.
P/H.) Adam Nunez – The redshirt freshman appears to have taken charge of the position, both on the field and as a leader according to Patterson. Serving as the team’s holder, the kickers are more comfortable with the consistency factor.
TE.) Cole Hunt – The brother of former Frog Joey Hunt, the Rice transfer is likely a better pass catching tight end than TCU has had the last few seasons. Hunt is eligible immediately after graduating early and could be a vertical threat early.
OT.) Lucas Niang – Gaines isn’t the only three-star true freshman vying for playing time early. On Wednesday Patterson indicated Niang is fighting to be the top backup offensive tackle. The Frogs are trying to get to a point where they trust eight players in the trenches.
RB.) Darius Anderson – With Shaun Nixon out, junior Kyle Hicks is the clear-cut No. 1 running back. Behind him it appears to be a running back by committee. Each running back brings something to the table, but true freshman Darius Anderson has gained Patterson’s attention. The George Ranch high school (Richmond) product won’t be redshirting.
NT.) L.J. Collier – After playing in just four games last year, the Munday, Texas native is running with the ones at the nose tackle spot next to senior Aaron Curry.
Kicking game – Kicker Jonathan Song stubbed his toe last week and is in doubt when it comes to playing week No. 1. Behind him three different walk-ons are trying to separate themselves as an option, but at this point no one publically taken charge of the top backup spot.