College basketball is heading down the home stretch, college baseball has started, but let’s not forget (I know many of you aren’t) that spring practice is already getting underway across the country. We will handle spring previews for every Big 12 football team and roll them out based on when their respective spring practices begin. Next up is the TCU Horned Frogs who will start up spring practice on Tuesday March 16th. Here are my three questions for TCU heading into spring ball.
1. Max Duggan
We all know what Max can do with his legs. In fact, he led the team in carries (116), rushing yards (713) and rushing touchdowns (10) last season. But that was not the issue in 2020. It’s the passing game. While Max did a better job taking care of the football last year, there still is more to be desired there. Max threw for ten passing scores on four picks while completing just 60.8% of his passes. And while yes, that was a seven percent improvement from his freshman season, I would like to see that number go up even more. I know he didn’t have the best supporting cast around him over the last two seasons but with a full spring slate, he should get plenty of reps to help him build chemistry with his young but talented receivers.
2. The Offensive Line
The Offensive line was like a roll of the dice last season for the Horned Frogs. You never knew what you were going to get. They struggled most times and had several different lineups that never seemed to quite all come together like a unit. The good news is that they picked up Obinna Eze from Memphis who started at left tackle every game for the Tigers a season ago. Then they bring back right tackle Andrew Coker who looks to fill the other tackle spot after starting several games last season. Also, TCU returns three starters in center Steve Avila, left guard John Lanz, and right guard Wes Harris who went down to an injury last season. Other players to watch are Brandon Coleman (tackle), freshman Garrett Hayes (tackle), Michael Nichols (tackle) and Coy McMillon (center). While I am not sure of the exact starting five, I think it is safe to say that the Horned Frogs will be better up front than they were last year and that should help out pass protection for Max.
The good news is that TCU is loaded at cornerback with plenty of talent between Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Noah Daniels and C.J. Ceasar II who are excellent corners. However, the Frogs lose perhaps the best safety duo in college football over the last two seasons in Tre’Von Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington who are moving on to the NFL. That leaves two open spots in the secondary. Josh Foster got some experience last season and so did Bud Clark. And TCU also added Memphis transfer T.J. Carter who looks to compete for a safety spot as well. TCU uses three safeties so be on the lookout for LaKendrick Van Zandt, Nook Bradford and Deshawn McCuin Donavann Collins to all battle it out for a starting role.
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