A 4-2 start wasn’t exactly what many TCU fans expected heading into the bye week, but ultimately the Frogs lost two ranked teams by less than a score in each contest.
Here is the latest Frog Stock Report…
WR.) Taj Williams – The junior college wide receiver continues to impress, leading the team in receptions and yardage after enrolling early in the spring. Williams put up big numbers at Iowa Western Community College, but his transition to the Big 12 has gone smoother than expected. In six games, Williams has 25 receptions for 504 yards and four touchdowns – with 322 yards coming in the last three contests. Williams could be a 1,000-yard receiver, making many wonder if he would only play one season in Fort Worth.
RB.) Kyle Hicks – The junior running back is hitting 5.6 yards per carry this season (479 total) and has found the end zone a total of seven times. He also has 308 yards receiving, proving to be a threat out of the backfield. Hicks has 112 touches in six games, equating close to 19 touches a contest. We think that number needs to be closer to 24 to 25 a game.
LB.) Ty Summers – An honorable all-mention freshman last season, Douglas already has 64 tackles this season, leading the Frogs. Despite playing in 13 games last season, it is very possible Douglas within two games will pass his tackle total from last season of 86. Douglas was expected to be a big part of the defense in 2016, but not many people expected him to be leading the way at this point.
P.) Adam Nunez – His 41.8 yards per punt is good for No. 54 in the country, actually putting him just on the bottom half in the country. But, Nunez is only a redshirt freshman and not been eaten alive in the moment – including against Oklahoma and Arkansas. Eight of Nunez’s 30 kicks have been inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
WR.) Emanuel Porter – Many looked for Porter to be “the guy” this year in a deep wide receiver corp., despite only 26 catches in his first two seasons. Porter’s numbers are up, but he’s only seventh on the in receptions with ten this season. In the last three games, the junior only has three catches. At 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, Porter’s big frame wide receiver style has been replaced somewhat by Williams.
DE.) James McFarland – After missing all of 2015, many hoped the former 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive MVP would return to form. So far, the West Monroe, Louisiana native only has one sack, after finishing with seven two years ago. His 15 tackles are No. 12 on the team, but his quarterback hurries (three) and pass breakups (four) are tied for first. Look for McFarland to bounce back in the second half of the season.
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QB.) Kenny Hill – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Hill is putting up video game like numbers in 2017, but his eight interceptions is definitely a concern – especially three against Kansas. Hill is always going to be compared to Trevone Boykin – that part of life isn’t fair. But Hill has been inconsistent the last few games.