TCU Horned Frogs
The prospects at this position were high coming into the season with the imminent return of Casey Pachall to the starting lineup, but that feel-good story was sadly put on hold after he suffered a broken arm in the second game of the season. Trevone Boykin took over and it’s been a wild ride of inconsistency so far. After tossing fourteen interceptions last year in replace of Pachall while he got his life in order, turnover issues still plague the dual-threat QB as he has four picks to just five TDs.
Rest of offense: D-
Quarterback isn’t the only issue on the offensive side of the ball for this team. They rank near the bottom in rushing yards at 92nd (141.3 ypg) and 80th in points for (27.8 ppg). Their leading rusher, B.J. Catalon, has just has just 313 yards on the ground, with Boykin being the second leading rusher on the team with 247. The offensive line has been ineffective constantly, and the receiving tandem of Brandon Carter and David Porter are non-existent, which can somewhat be traced back to the issues under center.
Coming into the season, this was the unit that was the most hyped as being maybe one of the best in the country. While they haven’t played bad by any means, they also haven’t been the dominant force many had hoped. It doesn’t help that they have to make their way through the rest of the season without maybe the best defensive player in the Big 12, DE Devonte Fields, who’s out for the year with a foot injury.
This grade teetered back and forth between this C- and a D+, but you do have to factor in the injuries. Although replaced to combat the speed of the LSU defense in Week 1, Pachall may have eventually grown back into his old, gun-slinging self, and Fields off of the defense was a major loss. But still, for as wide open as the Big 12 was before the year, we all pointed to TCU as having one of the best shots to walk away with the title, and that just isn’t going to happen.
Offensive spotlight: Nobody
The spotlight, in this case, isn’t on any one player, because no one has stepped up to take that role. So therefore, let’s see if someone on this unit can have someone step up and take over so that, come the final report in January, we can actually talk about someone specific.
Defensive spotlight: CB Jason Verrett
One thing that this team can do rather well is defend the pass. And, a big part of that has been the play of Verrett. He currently leads the conference in passes defended and is a tremendous tackler in open space, something few and far between these days from a lot of defensive backs.