October 9, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
TCU Horned Frogs
Head Coach: Gary Patterson
Key Players (Offense): QB Casey Pachall (SR), WR Brandon Carter (JR)
2012 was a roller coaster season for Gary Patterson and TCU. From injuries to suspensions, last year was just one of those years. Not only did he lose one of the most efficient QBs in college football, Casey Pachall, but his backfield suffered numerous injuries as they struggled to find a solid starter in their backfield. However, as bad as injuries are for one season, they build depth and experience for the next season. One reason why I know the Horned Frogs will not be 7-6 again this year. With the return of Pachall as starting QB i look for a more consistent offense and the pass to open up some holes for the run game. Sophomore running backs B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green will get their fair chances at creating some big plays on the ground. Brandon Carter is TCU’s leading returning WR so look for him to step up as he will become the #1 target this season.
Key Players (Defensive): DE Devonte Fields (SO), CB Jason Verrett (SR)
Coaching the youngest team he has had since he has been at TCU meant Patterson would have some ups and downs on this side of the ball. TCU’s defense wasn’t as stout as it usually is, but still showed flashes of what’s to come. There is an emerging young star in Sophomore Devonte Fields who reeled in 8.5 sacks as a true freshman. Look for him to get better under the coaching of Patterson. It’s their second year in the Big 12 and they have all but 2 starters returning. This defense will be much improved over last season
TCU has some tough games on their schedule. They open up against LSU and have to travel to Texas Tech and Oklahoma, but they do get Texas, West Virginia, and Baylor at home. I think they will hold up at home and lose their road games to Texas Tech and Oklahoma. I think they go on a roll late in the season and turn some heads.