The TCU Horned Frogs suffered a massive blow to their 2018 campaign when it was confirmed by Jeremy Clark of Horned Frog Blitz that star defensive tackle Ross Blacklock would miss the entire season.
The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle had rumors swirling around him the past two days that the worst may turn out to be true after he suffered a non-contact injury during practice on Tuesday and injured his Achilles. Blacklock burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman last fall with 27 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 14 games.
At 6’4”, 330 pounds, he has the size and skill that you don’t often see from defensive tackles across the country, nevermind in the Big 12 Conference in recent seasons. He was named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2017. The former four-star prospect was one of the best players in the state of Texas as part of the Class of 2016 and he picked TCU over offers from Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and several others.
Expect to see players such as Corey Bethley, Joseph Broadnax Jr., Terrell Cooper and others step up in Blacklock’s absence along a defensive line that was and is expected to be one of the strength’s of this team.