2009 TCU Horned Frogs Football Preview
2009 TCU Horned Frogs season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official TCU Horned Frogs football preview as well as the 2009 TCU Horned Frogs Football Schedule. Get Free football predictions against the sportsbooks college football betting line.
Coach: Gary Patterson (9th year at TCU)
Team Name: Horned Frogs
2008 Overall Record: 11-2
Returning Starters: 10
In 2008, the 11th ranked Horned Frogs of TCU (11- 2 overall, 7- 1 MWC) secured second place in the league and met the 9th rated Boise State Broncos in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Frogs earned their fourth straight bowl victory, nipping Boise State 17- 16. That was the second time in three years that TCU has won the Poinsettia.
On offense, TCU welcomes back starting QB Andy Dalton (307 ATT, 182 COMP, 2,242 YDs, 5 INTs, 11 TDs), a versatile athlete who’s an able passer and fine rusher. Dalton ran the ball 113 times last season for 432 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. TB Joe Turner (146 ATT, 577 YDs, 11 TDs) proved to have a nose for the goal line. He was a major reason that the TCU run attack was ranked 12th in the nation. Junior WR Jimmy Young (59 REC, 988 YDs, 5 TDs) returns as the leading pass catcher from last season. The wideouts are, for the most part, inexperienced. Overall, the offensive line looks good but the guard spots need to be reinforced.
The defense last year was ranked second nationally in points allowed (11.3 PPG), first in rushing yards allowed (47.1 YPG) and first in total yards allowed (217.8 YPG). It will be tough for this group to replicate those accomplishments, but the “D” is still quite good. All-American end Jerry Hughes (52 TKLs, 15 SKs, 4.5 TFL, 2 INTs) hunts down quarterbacks with his speed and smarts. He’ll need to mentor what is primarily a new group of starters at lineman. Senior LB Daryl Washington (63 TKLs, 3 SKs, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT) is a top playmaker. Corners Nick Sanders (45 TKLs, 2 INTs) and Rafael Priest (26 TKLs, 1 INT), both seniors, possess a wealth of experience. Free safety will be manned by the talented Tekerrien Cuba, who is trying to come back from a knee injury. Junior SS Tejay Johnson (47 TKLs, 1 SK, 3 TFL, 1 INT) is a seasoned performer.
On special teams, junior Jeremy Kerley (25 Punt RET, 348 YDs, 13.9 YPR) is a powerful force. Senior Ryan Christian (6 Kick RET, 134 YDs, 22.3 YPR) takes over for Aaron Brown on kick returns. Brown averaged 29.2 YPR in 2008. Sophomore Ross Evans (49- 55 Extra Pts, 16- 20 FG) will be the placekicker and sophomore Anson Kelton (54 Punts, 2230 YDs, 41.3 YPP, 30 In20) is back as the punter. Evans needs to be more accurate; he missed six PATs last season. Kelton has a powerful, accurate leg.
Head coach Gary Patterson (73- 27 in nine years with TCU) brought in some of the best recruits of any non-Big Six program. One problem Patterson faces is the fact that this Horned Frog team is young and composed of primarily juniors, sophomores and frosh. Last year, the club lost to non-conference opponents Oklahoma 10- 35 and Utah 10- 13. This season, the Sooners are off the schedule and SMU, Virginia, Clemson and Texas State comprise the non-conference lineup. The big test in this group will be the Tigers of Clemson on September 26. This team will battle for first in the conference. Look for them to earn another second place finish and travel to a middle to low tier bowl.
TCU Horned Frogs Football Schedule
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