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The Combine is held Feb. 23 - March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
*Cannon, rated by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. as the fifth-best offensive tackle available in the 2011 NFL Draft, is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a third-team All-American in 2010.
*Dalton was the nation's leader in career wins by an active quarterback this season. He posted a 42-7 record in his four years as a starter and was a three-time bowl game most valuable player. Dalton holds every major TCU passing record and was a two-time MWC Offensive
Player of the Year. He was a finalist for the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Award while being a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. He finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting. Dalton set TCU single-season records in 2010 with a 66.1 completion percentage and 27 touchdown passes. He threw just six interceptions.
*Daniels was a first-team All-American as he led the 2010 Horned Frogs with 14 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks. Daniels and Dalton were the only two unanimous first-team All-MWC selections this season. He closed his TCU career by recording two tackles for loss among six
stops in the 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. He opened the season with two sacks in a 30-21 victory over Oregon State.
*Kerley, a first-team All-American as a return specialist, was one of three finalists for the Paul Hornung Award. He was the MWC Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season and the league's first-team All-MWCreturn specialist for the third consecutive year. He was one of just two players in the nation to rank in the top 20 in punt returns (12.9 yards) and kickoff returns (27.7 yards) this season. He also led TCU with 56 receptions and 10 touchdown catches.
*Young closed his career as one of the more productive receivers in TCU history. His 2,316 receiving yards rank second on the Horned Frogs' career list, while his 147 receptions place fifth. Young's 13 touchdown receptions are tied for fifth all-time. He was a three-time All-MWC performer. In his final game at TCU, he tied a season-high with five receptions for 57 yards in the Rose Bowl victory
The Frogs couldn't finish the job against fellow BCS-buster Boise State, but it only whet their appetite for more. TCU wants a shot at a national title. To have a chance they know they'll have to sweep their 12-game regular season that starts Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium against No. 24 Oregon State.
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2009 record: 12-1 (lost to Boise State in Fiesta Bowl, 17-10)
Starters returning: 19
Offensive starters returning: 9
Defensive starters returning: 7
Special teams returning: 3
Key offensive returners: QB Andy Dalton(needs one win to pass Sammy Baugh for most wins by a TCU quarterback); T Marcus Cannon (preseason All-American, ranked by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., as third-best OT in 2011 NFL Draft); C Jake Kirkpatrick (preseason All-American); WR Jeremy Kerley(team-high 44 receptions for 532 yards last season); WR Jimmy Young(115 career receptions are eighth all-time at TCU).
Will be missed:T Marshall Newhouse; RB Joseph Turner.
Key defensive returners:NT Kelly Griffin (became first true freshman in 2007 to start under Gary Patterson); DT Cory Grant (All-MWC last season, first as starter); DE Wayne Daniels (on Lombardi Trophy watch list, all-MWC last season); LB Tank Carder (preseason All-American, top returning tackler); FS Tejay Johnson (preseason All-American, tied for team lead in '09 with three interceptions).
Will be missed: DE Jerry Hughes; LB Daryl Washington; CB Rafael Priest; CB Nick Sanders
Key special teams returners:PK Ross Evans (first-team all-MWC, 15-of-18 FGs last season); KR/PR Jeremy Kerley (Four total kicks returned for touchdowns last season).
On the rise: WR Antoine Hicks(scored 10 touchdowns on 32 touches last season); RBs Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker(Both rushed for more than 600 yards and averaged better than 6.0 yards a carry last season); DE Stansly Maponga (could become only redsirt freshman to earn starting job for opener); CB Greg McCoy (4.32 speed, had two interceptions last season and an 81-yard kickoff return for touchdown).
Toughest schedule stretch:Oct. 16 vs. BYU; Oct. 23 vs. Air Force; Oct. 30 at UNLV; Nov. 6 at Utah.
By the numbers:
27: Seniors (tied for the lead nationally with Louisville)
12:Wins needed by 2010 seniors to become the winningest class in TCU history (a new mark has been set in each of the last two seasons)
110: Wins by Gary Patterson, to 38 losses, since Gary Patterson arrived as defensive coordinator in 1998 (10th year as head coach).
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