Knowing the Big 12: Texas Christian Horned Frogs

On Oct. 12th, the Kansas Jayhawks travel to play TCU. The time for the game is yet to be announced. TCU is the Jayhawks fifth game on the schedule. While, Kansas is the Horned Frogs sixth game on the ledger.

Last season, TCU posted a 7-6 record, including a 4-5 mark in the Big 12 conference. One of those games was a 20-6 victory over Kansas on Sept. 15th. The Horned Frogs return 13 starters all together, including five on offense and eight on defense.

Starting quarterback Casey Pachall, is one of those five offensively. The starting quarterback left the program for the final months of the season, turning the job over to Trevone Boykin. Now, Pachall is back ready to assume starting reins of the team.

B.J. Catalon, and Waymon James return to lead the backfield for the Horned Frogs. Catalon led the team in yards with 582. James is a capable backup at 182 yards. Boykin rushed for 417 yards, and may prove to be a strong option here in some offensive packages for the team. Brandon Carter is the teams top returning wide-out after Josh Boyce left for the NFL. Carter made 36 receptions last season.

On defense, the Horned Frogs will turn to Jason Vernett as the leader. Vernett made 63 tackles and pulled in six interceptions as a cornerback. On the safety side, TCU has Sam Carter, Elisha Olabode, and Chris Hackett. Each player topped the 60-tackle mark. Linebacker and defensive line are concerns, especially until lineman Devonte Fields returns. The lineman was suspended for the first two games of the season, which hurts as the Horned Frogs face LSU in the opener. Fields made 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks last year.

TCU is expected to contend for the Big 12 conference title with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor and Kansas State. If everything works out to plan with Pachall and the vaunted secondary, the Horned Frogs will be a team to watch.

 

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Aug 24, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall (4) returns to lead the team on the offensive side of things Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

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