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TCU Spring Game Preview: 5 Things to Watch

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3. Offensive Line (Run Blocking)

When you think of true air raid offenses, the last thought that really crosses your mind is running the football at times. It is easy to forget about in this offensive scheme, but when you have a back like Kyle Hicks, you might as well use him. It wasn’t always easy finding running room for Hicks even though he averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2016. Most of that was due to creativity in the offense to get him in the open space and outside the tackles. According to PFF (Pro Football Focus) the Horned Frogs offensive line graded out to be the 2nd worst run blocking unit in the Big 12. Every single person from last year’s offensive line with the exception of RT Aviante Collins will be back in 2017. The 2017 starting group will consist of LT Joseph Noteboom, LG Patrick Morris, C Austin Schlottmann, RG Matt Pryor and RT Lucan Niang. RT Lucas Niang is the only non-senior on this offensive line. This is a veteran group with a combined 65 starts under its belt. New offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will have to bring out the toughness in this bunch to bring more of a physical approach to the offense. Let’s see if this unit can show flashes of that physicality during the TCU spring game.

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