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Big 12 media days live: Day 2

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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

TCU aims for staying power

December, 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- TCU is proudly carrying a banner at the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.

"We're not just representing TCU," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "We're representing all the non-AQ schools."

The Horned Frogs are taking that responsibility very seriously this week, saying they have to play well for all the schools who might never get a chance to make it to this stage. As far as crusades go, though, this won't be a long one. TCU will soon be leaving that torch for someone else to pick up.

It is the first team from outside the six automatic-qualifying conferences to reach two consecutive BCS games, and it came the hard way as TCU has gone 12-0 the last two regular seasons. In 2012, the team will have much more margin for error as it joins the Big East and can still make the BCS just by winning the league.

"I'm actually a little envious of the younger players," said cornerback Greg McCoy, whose eligibility expires after the 2011 campaign. "We all worked hard for the future, and I know there's a lot of envy among the upperclassmen. But when you work hard, things get better. And we all know we contributed to this."

TCU's senior class played a major role in making the program attractive to the Big East, winning 35 games the previous three years. Many of those seniors are stars on this team, like four-year starter Andy Dalton, center Jake Kirkpatrick, receiver/returner Jeremy Kerley, safety Tejay Johnson and defensive end Wayne Daniels.

But the program has shown that it can reload. Last year's team lost All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington to the NFL. Daniels elevated his game, and redshirt freshman Stansly Maponga stepped in to replace Hughes' production at end. Sophomore Tanner Brock took over for Washington at middle linebacker and kept that position strong.

"We have a great coaching staff and the athletes to continue to be successful," senior right guard Josh Vernon said. "We don't rely on just one guy on offense or defense."

Can TCU keep this going? It's unrealistic to think the program will keep piling up undefeated regular seasons. But who's to say they can't become the top frogs in the Big East and turn into the next Virginia Tech, Miami or Florida State -- programs that went from humble beginnings to consistent national powers.

They're not far from that level now.

"I don't feel like we're the small guy," head coach Gary Patterson said. "We've only lost three games the last three years. We lost to Oklahoma that played in national championship game. We lost to Utah that beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and then Boise State a year ago (in the Fiesta Bowl). So we've been in big games and we've proven we can play on a big stage. "

As long as Patterson stays in Fort Worth, the team should remain highly competitive. The school is in the midst of a $105 million renovation of Amon Carter Stadium, funded through private donations. Patterson's staff knows how to recruit and develop Texas talent.

There might not be many more Rose Bowls in the Horned Frogs' future, but Big East membership will allow them to compete for BCS games on an annual basis.

"Obviously we've done something right to get to go to the Big East, and hopefully we'll make that league better," Dalton said. "I can't see us dropping off. I think we'll just keep getting better."

Video: TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick

December, 29, 2010

Brian Bennett talks with TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick.

NFL scouts have eyes on Frogs, Bears

September, 18, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Heading up the creaky, old elevator to the pressbox atop creaky, old Amon G. Carter Stadium, a young TCU staffer, clearly someone on the junior level of the operation, joked with an Indianapolis scout also on the elevator that it's too bad the Colts are here and not the New England Patriots.

Not sure why the Patriots, but whatever.

"Hey, we got one of your guys," the Colts scout said. "Such animosity."

The Colts drafted former Horned Frog Jerry Hughes with the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Hughes might have company in the 2011 draft. Scouts are high on TCU left tackle Marcus Cannon, a 6-foot-6, 350-pound senior, as well as 6-3, 305-pound senior center Jake Kirkpatrick. Quarterback Andy Dalton is also on the radar, not as first- or second-rounder, but he's on the NFL's radar.

Five NFL teams are here today: Cowboys, Bears, Chargers, Texans and Colts.

Not to shortchange the Baylor Bears, who also have a few notable pro prospects starting with left tackle senior Danny Watkins, a 5-11, 310-pounder who is 25 years old and a former firefighter from British Columbia. Also being looked at is senior nose tackle Phil Taylor (6-4, 340), a transfer from Penn State, and punter Derek Epperson Southlake Carroll High School.

TCU gets double on 2 football watch lists

June, 22, 2010
TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Tank Carder and safety Tejay Johnson are included on the watch list for the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, honoring the nation's top defensive player.

Carder and Johnson, both preseason All-Americans, are two of seven returning starters on a TCU defense which has led the nation each of the last two seasons. TCU is one of just 13 schools to have more than one player on the Nagurski Trophy watch list.

Carder was an All-Mountain West Conference selection in his first year as a starter. His 89 tackles placed second on TCU behind only Daryl Washington (109) and were 19 more than the next-closest Horned Frog (Alex Ibiloye, 70).

A junior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder also appears on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.

Johnson, a native of Garland, will be in his third year as a starter. He tied for TCU's team lead with three interceptions.

TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and center Jake Kirkpatrick have been named to the watch list for the 2010 Outland Trophy, recognizing the nation's top interior lineman. TCU is also one of just 13 schools to have more than one player on the Outland Trophy watch list.