TCU Spring Game. 3 Things To Know
3. The Weather
While West Virginia decided to can its spring game because of wintery weather, follow Big 12er TCU went full steam ahead despite the lousy conditions.
It wasn’t much fun on the field, either.
The offense was sputtering, the points and big plays were hard to come by, and the sub-freezing temperatures ended up cutting everything a wee bit short.
It didn’t help that the defense cranked it up from the start, forcing a slew of the mistakes with a slightly rebuilt secondary getting some of the bigger plays. It also didn’t help the overall cause that most of the key players sat out – almost half of the team didn’t see any real action. However …
2. The Receivers Will Be Wonderful
There might be a few key losses from the receiving corps, but the recruiting class should help the cause led by coaching darling Taye Barber. He’s been the big man throughout spring ball, and he didn’t disappoint with a big touchdown play in the scrimmage.
Can return man extraordinaire KaVontae Turpin turn into more of a weapon as a receiver? He was fine last season, but he didn’t make a whole lot of big things happen when he wasn’t on special teams.
The offense needs the line to rebuild quickly after losing three good starters, the running backs will be excellent, and the receiving corps should grow into one of the team’s biggest positives, now …
1. Shawn Robinson Has To Be Special
There’s a little bit of lip service being paid to Penn transfer Michael Collins being in the mix for the starting job, but the season is about Robinson’s ability to grow into a star.
He wasn’t on Saturday.
Again, the weather was bad and the defense was kicking it in, but the offense was a bit too sloppy because Robinson wasn’t razor sharp. The decision making isn’t quite there – he’s going to need more at-bats – but that will come with a little more time.
The offensive line has to give him more room to work, he has to get more in sync with his receiving corps, and he has to keep the picks down. Moree than anything, he has to be accurate and move the chains.
There’s no reason to panic. He’ll be more than fine.