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Anonymous Big 12 Coach on TCU: ‘It’s Bigger Than Just Replacing a QB’

We’ve reached the point of the offseason where preseason magazines start to trickle out onto grocery store shelves and in .PDF format on Twitter and everywhere else you find your college football content.

One of the mainstays of the preseason magazine world, Athlon Sports, has long had a segment during this part of the season when they ask coaches, anonymously, about other coaches in their league.

After making the national championship game last season, TCU must replace eight draft picks, including star quarterback Max Duggan. According to one anonymous Big 12 coach, replacing Duggan will be easier said than done.


“The secret to their success last season was that they could match either the physicality or the athleticism of every team in the league. If you wanted to dig in and fight, they could do that; if you wanted to go talent on talent, they could hang. … There’s no way to re-create that with as many guys as they’ve lost. [Max] Duggan is a huge loss for them. He made that offense work better than it should have a lot of times. Honestly, he just made things happen when plays broke and overcame some of their deficiencies. With him, it’s bigger than just replacing a QB.”

Not only do the Horned Frogs have to replace Duggan and his ability to make plays out of nothing, but they’ll have to replace All-Big 12 talents Quentin Johnston and Kendre Miller, as well as several key defenders.

The good news is, Chandler Morris has the ability to make plays on the fly, and a flurry of SEC transfers have come into the program to help alleviate the losses from last year.

If the Horned Frogs can find a pass rush again, they should be more than capable of competing for a Big 12 title again in 2023. However, in an incredibly competitive Big 12, that’ll be much easier said than done.

Last season, TCU went 6-1 in one-score games, and maintaining that kind of success in close games just isn’t sustainable. Teams win around 50% of games that are decided by one score, and Duggan being gone might be the difference in them winning or losing those games. If Chandler Morris can replicate what Duggan did last season though, who knows how high the Horned Frogs’ ceiling could be in Sonny Dykes’ second year?

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