4. College Football News Preview 2020: TCU Horned Frogs Defense 3 Things To Know
– The Horned Frog defense led the Big 12 in total D, and it did it’s part in the high-powered Big 12. It allowed 31 points or more in four games – one was in the loss to SMU – but that’s the cost of doing business in the conference.
It’s hard to ask more out of a Big 12 defense than to lead the league in pass D, and despite the loss of Jeff Gladney to the Minnesota Vikings, it should be every bit as solid starting with the terrific young safety tandem of Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington – they finished second and third on the team, respectively, in tackles and combined for nine picks.
The corners, though will need some work. Gladney was just that good.
– Ross Blacklock left early – he’s now a Houston Texan – but there’s enough back up front to be okay. More of a pass rush is a must from all spots, but Ochaun Mathis is coming off a decent freshman year, and there’s good enough size inside to hold up. It’ll help the overall cause for the line that …
– The linebackers are going to be terrific. The TCU twosome in the 4-2-5 are always going to be active and they’re always going to put up big stats, but junior La’Kendrick Van Zandt, sophomore Dee Winters, and senior Garret Wallow will all be in for big years. They’re almost all built like safeties, and they can all pop. Wallow – the one linebacker-sized defender – led the team with 125 stops.
Making things even better is the addition of Marcel Brooks from LSU. The 6-2, 194-pound sophomore Brooks should eventually be a disruptive force with his range and athleticism.