After 13 catches and 236 yards in the last two games, TCU wide receiver John Diarse is becoming a go-to receiver for quarterback Kenny Hill and the Frogs.
A former LSU wideout, Diarse caught 28 balls in two seasons with the Tigers, before deciding a change of scenery was needed.
“Diarse has been in big ball games,” said Patterson. “This isn’t his first rodeo. He transferred here and wanted to catch more balls. The bottom line is he’s done a great job.”
Against SMU, the junior took a big hit in the second quarter after a Kenny Hill pass was broken up. Eventually the SMU defensive back was charged with targeting and Diarse laid on the field for close to a minute before walking off and being checked for a concussion.
He would return to have his revenge.
On TCU’s very first play from scrimmage in the second half, Diarse was able to slip a tackle on a short slant route and took it 75-yards for the touchdown, putting the Frogs up 13-3.
“He’s really mature. A lot of guys would have taken that hit in the end zone and been out for the ball game,” said Patterson. “The thing about John is he gives you a big body. He’s a wide receiver, but has a tight end like body. He can sit in space.”
TCU recruited Diarse out of high school, which made a logical landing spot for the former Louisiana prep.
He was able to enroll during the spring at TCU and tried to get implemented into the offense. Immediately he realized changes needed to be made.
“He was too big. He was slower than most of our guys. He saw that,” said Patterson. “He did a great job this summer and a great job in two-a-days to get leaner. He is still a big body, but leaner and runs great routes. And he can break tackles.”
In the video above, Diarse talks about his 139-yard effort against SMU and his decision to put in the work this offseason.null