Posts Tagged ‘Ed Wesley’

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…)

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…)

Fourth Annual Purple Wimple Awards

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Purple Wimple Player of the Year: Andy Dalton  

No single Horned Frog since LT has come to define TCU’s success over multiple years like Andy Dalton has defined it since 2008.  The red-head saved his best for last, his QB rating exceeding 166 this season, while turning in the fourth-best rush totals on the team.  Jeff Ballard’s best mark was 138 in ’06, with significantly less effective running.  And when it mattered most– on the road at Utah, and in the Rose Bowl– Dalton was near perfect.  He said all year that he and his team wished most to win another chance in the BCS, and to make the most of it, and they did just that.  En route, Dalton made the fast-rising signal callers at Baylor and Utah look silly.  The quarterback led his team to a second consecutive perfect regular season, and in sharp contrast to last year, Dalton took his team onto his shoulders in the bowl, and led them to victory.  The senior thoroughly outplayed his counterpart Badger, who had won the senior quarterback award for the season.  “I knew everything they were doing,” said Dalton of the Badgers.  Wisconsin’s quarterback, in contrast, couldn’t thread the Frogs coverages often, on those pass attempts when he wasn’t being slobber-knocked by purple-clad defensemen.  In end Dalton held the better trophy: Rose Bowl Offensive MVP.  Likely he’ll enter the NFL as a draftee.  TCU will miss this senior’s experience more than any other’s in years.  (more…)

TCU 40, San Diego State 35

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am

For five and a half minutes, Frog fans (46,694 of ‘em) wondered if the occasional ghastly prediction of a post-Utah letdown wasn’t so far-fetched after all.   At the 9:16 mark, TCU had managed -13 yards of offense, and were already 14 points behind the surging Aztecs.  But the tide already had turned, however imperceptibly. 

Between SDSU’s first drive and TCU’s fumble in the endzone for a second SDSU touchdown, the Frogs had held the Aztecs to three-and-out.  The Frogs held SDSU to three-and-out in the next six SDSU drives as well.  The Aztecs did not get their second first down until two minutes remained in the fourth quarter; by then, the Frogs had scored 37 points.  SDSU capitalized when TCU let off the gas a little, throwing two 30+ yard touchdowns to Vincent Brown in the fourth quarter.  But it was too little, too late.  (more…)

TCU 38, Air Force 7

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

The Air Force Falcons continued their now-venerable tradition of collapsing against TCU when playing in Fort Worth. The Frogs doubled up the Falcons in almost every statistical category.  For the first time in the Wimple’s game-watching memory, TCU never punted in a game. (more…)