Posts Tagged ‘2011 Preseason’

TCU 2011 Preview: Offense

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Gary Patterson told SI.com that the way to have a good defense is to have a good offense.  No joke– the guru of defense gurus in college said,

“The biggest stat for me, as long as you are not giving up big plays, is the amount of plays that you are on the field. We have averaged less than 60 plays. … It is more of a team concept. … you have to be able to control the football and get people off the field. I have always felt like if you play a 60-play game and 30 of those plays you had a better call than what the offense did, then you are limiting them to 30 plays to be able to score and do things. The less time they spend on the field, the better.”

Sounds simple, when Andy Dalton, Jake Kirkpatrick, Marcus Cannon, Jeremy Kerley, and Jimmy Young are all on the field.  But with a new crew taking the reins, will TCU still be able control the football? (more…)

2011 TCU Preview: Defense, Special Teams

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2011 at 10:18 am

“Best in the nation”– it’s beginning to feel like a birthright for the TCU defense, which has brought home that hardware three years running.  No team has done it four times running, at least not since the NCAA started keeping stats.  Every year the savants say TCU must replace too much talent to do it again, and (so far) the savants have been wrong, and then wrong again.  Can the Frogs make history, while (again!) making other teams cry?

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TCU 2011 Outlook– Defense

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Gary Patterson’s defenses have been the stingiest in the nation three years running; to claim a fourth consecutive title, TCU’s redshirt freshmen in the secondary will have to grow up fast, and the new starters on the defensive line will have to live up to their billing.  All of this uncertaintly doesn’t seem to have ruffled any feathers in Fort Worth.  “Over the last fourteen years we’ve taught it the same way,” Patterson said early in the spring. “The same coverage got taught today, blitz package, yesterday we taught the tackling drill without pads on. You have to have a starting point, you got to see how much a team can grow in fifteen days.”

Senior end Braylon Broughton looked good this spring. (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Rushing Attack

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

TCU 2011 Outlook- Rushing AttackTCU replaces all four of these four of these starting linemen for 2011: Cannon (61), Kirkpatrick (76), Vernon (78), and Roth (70). 

Aside from the obvious replacement issues that face the Frog offense at quarterback and wide receiver, perhaps the most pressing part of the present rebuild is on the offensive line.  Starters gone are Rimington winner Jake Kirkpatrick at center, draftee and cancer-survivor Marcus Cannon at left tackle, stalwart Josh Vernon at right guard, and one-year wonder Zach Roth at right tackle.  These seniors take 97 starts with them into the record books. (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Passing Attack

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The Purple Wimple preview of TCU, part one: the quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends (o-line to be previewed with the running game, in the next post).  Take

Pachall did a lot more rushing than passing in 2010.

 

off the number one, leaving a single numeral four; add a couple inches, replace about a dozen pounds with tattoos; darken the hair and the facial expression, and there emerges from the shadow of Andy Dalton the visage of the heir apparent, redshirt sophomore Casey Pachall.  That’s Pah-hall, writes TCU’s sports information director, recognizing that, to date, few have paid a lick of attention to 2011′s gunslinging quarterback since his recruitment the 2008 season.  The Brownwood star drew offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma (and, truthfully, Texas, but the shorthorns conveniently forgot about it when Pachall committed to TCU, of all places).  Pachall enrolled early at TCU, and quietly slipped off most radar screens.   (more…)