5 Questions: TCU

We sent five questions to TCU and Managing Editor of HornedFrogBlitz.com Jeremy Clark answered those for us.

1) Despite limited playing time this season is Trevone Boykin ready to lead this team into their first Big 12 game of the season? 

 

Absolutely, Boykin is way ahead of where he was last year at this time. While the numbers don't indicate it, he has a better release and with him under center, the Frogs offense has actually seen more of a spark. Last year in his first game he virtually had one day to prepare to start at quarterback against Iowa State and this spring and fall he battled Casey Pachall every step of the way. He still has his skills as a runner and has actually gained weight so he should be more durable to take a big hit.

 

2) Does TCU have a chip on its shoulder from the triple overtime 56-53 loss to Texas Tech last season? 

 

Well, if they do, they haven't mentioned it. Ask any of the players and they'll tell you that the Texas Tech game is "just another game on the schedule". I'm sure they think otherwise behind closed doors and I've been told as early as last spring that this is a game the players were looking the most forward to. But again, Gary Patterson has taught this team to never look again and just take one game at a time and the season will work itself out.

 

3) BJ Catalon has 111 yards rushing and 193 in the kick return game in the first two games of the season, how dangerous is he? 

 

Catalon in my opinion should be getting no less than 20 touches per game; whether it be in the rushing game, catching passes and on special teams. Everyone saw his explosiveness in the LSU game with his 100-yard kickoff return and his strength on a few runs. The only thing holding Catalon back is Waymon James and Aaron Green, two very good backs in their own right. TCU has a crowded backfield and it's a really good problem to have. I look for Catalon to get more involved in the passing game as the season progresses; especially on swing passes and screens.

 

4) How explosive is the wide receiving core of TCU? 

 

They haven't showed it yet, but this is one of the most athletic receiving corps the Frogs have had in Patterson's 16-year tenure at TCU. They have size, speed and experience. Four receivers stand 6-foot-3 or taller and eight of them run a sub 4.5 forty. They are very experienced at slot receiver with Brandon Carter but they need the opposite slot to step up. Freshman Ty Slanina was a big name in fall camp but he's only caught one pass through two games. Cameron Echols-Luper is another true freshman getting reps behind Carter and hauled in his first catch last week.

 

It's been a rather disappointing start for the Frogs outside receivers. Guys such as Cam White and LaDarius Brown are off to extremely slow starts. Is that due to not being open or just not getting the ball thrown their way is the biggest question. They faced a tough secondary against LSU and faced a pair of good corners with good size for Southeastern Louisiana. If there's a mismatch anywhere on the field for TCU over Tech, it should be at outside receiver.

 

5) What facet of the game has TCU improved on since last season that maybe is not apparent to the fans? 

 

Tough to tell at the moment as they haven't played to effectively on offense or defense. The offense still looks the same, maybe worse without a guy like Josh Boyce on the roster. TCU isn't running the ball as much through two games either. If anything has improved on offense, it might be the play along the offensive line. They only allowed one sack against LSU, however SLA got some pressure on them several times during last week's game.

 

Defensively, I've liked their corner play. Aside from one deep pass allowed against LSU, the corners have been very effective through two games. Jason Verrett has been tested less than a handful of times and he's yet to give up a catch.


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