Dallas Colleges: Rafael Priest

Three Frogs sign NFL free-agent deals

April, 25, 2010
TCU Horned Frogs long snapper Clint Gresham and cornerback Rafael Priest are free-agent additions to the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, while
offensive tackle Nic Richmond is headed to the San Diego Chargers.

When combined with draft picks Jerry Hughes (first round, Indianapolis Colts), Daryl Washington (second round, Arizona Cardinals) and Marshall Newhouse (fifth round, Green Bay Packers), TCU will have six players from its 2009 team in NFL camps this summer.

In his nine seasons as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has had 47 players sign NFL contracts.

TCU will be without Rafael Priest

January, 3, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- ESPN.com's Graham Watson reports that Rafael Priest will not play in Monday's game, as expected. He's been doubtful all week for the Fiesta Bowl with a sprained foot.

Sophomore Greg McCoy will play in his place and coach Gary Patterson and Priest have expressed confidence in McCoy.

BTW, Patterson and Boise State coach Chris Petersen will speak to the media in a few hours. We'll bring you the highlights here on the blog.

A few Fiesta Bowl notes

January, 1, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Happy New Year, everyone. For those TCU fans (and Boise State, for that matter) getting ready to head out to Arizona, you can expect beautiful weather. I just got here and it's quite nice.

Temperatures are in the high 60s now with blue skies. It's certainly good weather to practice outside and get ready for Monday's Fiesta Bowl.

I'll be here blogging as much as I possibly can the next four days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. Both teams will practice tomorrow and then the two coaches talk to the media one final time on Sunday before Monday's big game.

A few quick notes:

* Defensive back Rafael Priest has a sprained foot. TCU coach Gary Patterson said it was "possible" Priest could play, but I wouldn't bet on it. Patterson is confident Greg McCoy can handle things.

"Through the season we have had guys step up," Patterson said. "Robert Hanson last year wasn't able to play in the Poinsettia Bowl and Daryl Washington had to start. He ended up having a great season for us this year. That's what good programs do. You've got to move forward."

* Boise State formally announced a contract extension for coach Chris Petersen. It's a five-year deal that takes him through 2014. And well-deserved, I might add.

* Boise State will probably play Brenel Myers at right tackle in place of the injured Garrett Pendergast, who has a broken ankle. Myers' job won't be an easy one: Contain TCU All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes.

* Boise State WR Austin Pettis, nephew of Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis, remains questionable with an ankle injury. But he could still end up holding on kicks. Hunter White, though, is ready.

* TCU will practice tomorrow afternoon and it's closed to the public and the media. Patterson indicated today that he's getting his team to take off the shoulder pads and allowing them to get a break from some of the physical stuff. This is something TCU has done in the middle of game week all season and something Patterson feels has helped his team's stamina.

More accolades for TCU players, Patterson

December, 15, 2009
The Sporting News, in a nod to TCU's stellar defense, selected three TCU Horned Frogs defenders to its 2009 All-American teams.

Defensive end Jerry Hughes, with 11.5 sacks, made the first team. Linebacker Daryl Washington was selected to the second team and cornerback Rafael Priest is on the third team. TCU's defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Meanwhile, coach Gary Patterson picked up another national coach of the year award, winning the George Munger award. Patterson has the No. 3 Frogs (AP top 25, No. 4 in BCS) headed to the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 4 to take on No. 6 Boise State.