2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the TCU Horned Frogs
No. 21: TCU Horned Frogs
TCU Horned Frogs Prespring Status
That’s not going to happen twice. TCU knows how to fix the glitches under Gary Patterson, and now he’s got plenty of them work on. After being five wins worse last year with a defense that stumbled throughout, and an offense that uncharacteristically made way too many mistakes – thank you, Kenny Hill – this should be a far better team this year. There’s no way, no how Patterson will let the Horned Frogs be flaky two years in a row. At least that’s the hope/guess.
Hill threw too many picks, but the passing game cranked up the yards for an O that averaged 463 yards per game. Ten starters are back to an attack that should be even more explosive – and more consistent – while the defense welcomes back seven starters. Now the D has to be far more physical.
TCU Horned Frogs Biggest Issue
The defense has to be better without three starters up front. James McFarland and Josh Carraway did their part to help the cause on the ends – Carraway led the team with eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss – while Aaron Curry was a playmaker in the backfield from his spot on the inside. Not helping the defensive cause is the loss of Denzel Johnson in the secondary – he did a little bit of everything.
TCU Horned Frogs Biggest Positive
The Horned Frog receiving corps is loaded. Can Hill be a little better? When he was on, he put up massive numbers in chunks – but he didn’t do that enough over the second half of last year. Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie – it’s his gig alone now with Doug Meacham going to Kansas – needs to help Hill limit the mistakes, but he also needs his receivers to do a better job at grabbing everything. On the plus side, seven of the top eight wide receivers are back, but can anyone standout from the pack and be another Josh Doctson? At least he experience is there.
Really, Why Are The TCU Horned Frogs Ranked Here?
The defense will be better, the offense won’t fizzle like it did at odd times throughout the second half of the season, and TCU will be back to being TCU again. There’s way too much offensive talent returning, and way too much depth, to not explode more and keep up against the better Big 12 teams. The coaching is way too strong to – beating the dead horse point – let the same problems happen again.