Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Young’

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 clinches MWC title, BCS autobid

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

The Frogs set records left and right in Albuquerque Saturday, while capturing their second consecutive outright Mountain West championship, and cementing their position as the cartel-outsider eligible to claim the Rose Bowl autobid, if not something better.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and the seniors are the winningest Frogs of all time, with 43 notches on their belts; they led the team’s highest ever MWC point total, and set school season records for touchdowns (70) and points scored (520). Dalton’s 26 touchdowns are a new TCU season high, as are his 10,095 passing yards. The ginger’s total plays from scrimmage (1,698), total yards (11,678), and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (20) are MWC records. Ross Evans’s nine extra points are a new high for a TCU kicker. (more…)

TCU slobberknocks Utah

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2010 at 1:50 am

And then the “Beat Baylor” Horned Frogs showed up, and the Utes looked every bit as bad against them as the Bears did.  Utah crossed midfield once– fifty minutes into the “game.”  Ute DE Christian Cox summed it up: “My bishop won’t be happy, but we got our ass kicked.”  No, Christian, he won’t be, and not because you cussed.

The quarterback duel was like a continuation of the ’09 meeting between Dalton and Wynn, only better for Dalton, and worse for Wynn.  Andy Dalton threw (arguably) the best game of his career, completing 80.8% of his passes to nine different receivers for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns.  His offensive line allowed zero sacks, and thoroughly thumped Utah’s defense.  The other quarterback on the field, Jordan Wynn, had an abysmal day, overthrowing receivers, throwing to the Horned Frogs, and generally looking out of his depth from the get-go.  Wynn’s line could not keep Frog defenders away from its quarterback.

Speaking of defense, the Frogs’ D was simply ferocious.  While sacking Jordan Wynn only once, TCU defenders were in his face all day, and when he did complete a pass, tackled with authority.  Tanner Brock was everywhere, including toting the rock for 57 yards, just a few steps shy of a score.  Also notable was D.J. Yendrey’s performance in the trenches in his second career start.  The sophomore could not be exploited for ground yards in Kelly Griffin’s absence.

Josh Boyce, Jimmy Young, and Jeremy Kerley were key pieces for the Frogs.  The trio combined for 15 catches, 278 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns and one touchdown pass.  Boyce’s 93-yard catch and scamper was the longest Frog play since early 2003, and the third-longest in TCU history.

And history is smiling on TCU.  When last playing for a Rose Bowl berth, Sam Baugh’s Frogs lost a nail-biter to SMU, in the depths of the Great Depression.  This year, the Frogs met their toughest challenge en route to Pasadena, and couldn’t have played a better game.  If the national championship is not available for the taking, the Grandaddy of Them All will be a splendid consolation.  Bring on the Buckeyes.

TCU 31, BYU 3

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am

TCU linebackers Kenny Cain (51) and Tanner Brock (35) throttle a BYU ballcarrier. (Photo: Keith Robinson)

Clearly Bronco Mendenhall has learned the lesson of the F-Bowl: TCU lived and died in 2009 by its running game. “TCU was running it about 270 yards a game [in 2010] and we did not want to allow them to be multi-dimensional…I think we played the run effectively. We could not allow them to be two dimensional.”  (more…)