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Big 12 recruiting needs in 2012

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
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Signing day is coming fast. Next Wednesday, the next round of players will sign up for their respective programs and start what could be storied careers.

Here's what each team across the Big 12 needs. You'll find Texas A&M and Mizzou on the SEC blog and West Virginia on the Big East Blog.

BAYLOR

Quarterback: This one's pretty simple. Robert Griffin III is taking his talents to the NFL early. Nick Florence is waiting to take over, and the Bears have Bryce Petty behind him, but more reinforcements at quarterback are needed. Dual-threat quarterbacks, ideally.

Defensive tackle: Baylor already was one of the nation's worst teams (102nd nationally) at stopping the run. Now it'll need to replace both its interior linemen, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste and Tracy Robertson.

Offensive linemen: Baylor's offensive line, meanwhile, has been solid. It loses junior college transfer and two-year starter Robert T. Griffin, as well as All-Big 12 center Philip Blake. John Jones, a reserve guard, also has exhausted his eligibility.

IOWA STATE

Receiver: This has been a weak spot for the team for several years, and its top overall talent, Darius Reynolds, is gone. Darius Darks is, too. Aaron Horne and Josh Lenz will be the team's best weapons in 2012, but the pair of shifty slot guys will be seniors. This position needs reinforcements.

Defensive back: The DBs have been a quiet strength for ISU, especially in 2011. Cornerback Leonard Johnson and safety Ter'Ran Benton both have exhausted their eligibility, though, and defensive backs coach Bobby Elliott left for Notre Dame. You'll see plenty of new faces in the Cyclones' secondary next year.

Defensive line: Experienced starters Stephen Ruempolhamer and Jacob Lattimer are both gone, and Iowa State has struggled to stop the run consistently the past few seasons.

KANSAS

Quarterback: Kansas landed high-profile transfers Dayne Crist (Notre Dame) and Jake Heaps (BYU), but this is still a huge position of need. Last year's starter, Jordan Webb, left the team. Quinn Mecham is out of eligibility. Heaps is sitting out his NCAA-mandated year after transferring. Crist is the starter, but he badly needs a backup, especially if Brock Berglund's transfer appeal allows him to leave.

Wide receiver: Kansas lacks a big threat at this position. It needs a talent upgrade in a big way. Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay is joining the team, but he's no guarantee to a) be granted immediate eligibility or b) become an impact player.

Defensive tackle: Kansas is thin here, too. Richard Johnson, Patrick Dorsey and Michael Martinovich are gone, and Kansas couldn't stop much of anything on defense. Some push up front could help make everything look better. A late addition to the 2012 class from a junior college seems like a no-brainer. The Jayhawks need physically mature players to contribute immediately.

KANSAS STATE

Offensive line: K-State's offensive line was much better in 2011 and could be again in 2012. It needs help replacing All-Big 12 lineman Clyde Aufner, though. Starter Colten Freeze is also gone.

Defensive line: Kansas State is bringing back about as many starters as anyone in the Big 12, but the biggest losses are along the defensive line. Kick-blocking specialist (five in 2011) Ralph Guidry is gone, along with tackle Ray Kibble. Juco transfer Jordan Voelker exploded onto the scene this year, but he's gone, too.

Defensive backs: Cornerback David Garrett leaves a huge hole behind. Tysyn Hartman may not be as talented as teammate Ty Zimmerman, but his experience leaves a big hole. Zimmerman will have to mentor a younger safety in the near future.

OKLAHOMA

Receiver: The Sooners are thin here in a big way. That was obvious late in the season when Ryan Broyles' storied college career ended a few weeks early with a knee injury. The team also lost Justin McCay (transfer) to Kansas. Jaz Reynolds and Kenny Stills are the likely top two targets, but they need help.

Tight end: This position inspired a bit of panic at the end of the season. Seniors James Hanna and Trent Ratterree are gone. Austin Haywood wasn't allowed back on the team, and two more tight ends left the team for various reasons. That left the Sooners suddenly without a scholarship player at the position returning in 2012.

Offensive line: Starting tackle Donald Stephenson must be replaced, as will guard Stephen Good, who moved in and out of the starting lineup throughout his career. The Sooners bring back a lot of talent and aren't dying for depth there, but those two will leave holes. Three more offensive line starters will be seniors in 2012.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Offensive line: The Cowboys need a whole lot of help here to fill in behind young players stepping into the starting lineup. Starters Levy Adcock, Nick Martinez and Grant Garner are gone. Backup center Casey LaBrue is gone, too. Those are two All-Big 12 linemen who leave big shoes to be filled.

Receiver: Justin Blackmon surprised no one by leaving a year early, and Josh Cooper leaves with perhaps the most underrated career of any receiver in school history. In OSU's offense, there's always room for depth here. Nine receivers had at least 19 catches in 2011. Blackmon and Cooper combined for 192, though.

Defensive ends: The pass rush was solid for Oklahoma State this year, but both starters, Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones, are gone. Replacing both is a necessity.

TEXAS

Receiver: Texas lacks a true game-changer at the position, though Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis may develop into that role in 2012. Former blue-chip recruit Darius White left for Missouri, too.

Quarterback: David Ash and Case McCoy didn't show a ton of potential at quarterback this year, though Ash may grow with an offseason to prepare as starter. Garrett Gilbert got a big chunk of the work in the spring, summer 7-on-7 and fall preseason camp. Even if Ash does grow, the Longhorns need reinforcements at the position.

Linebacker: Two senior impact players are gone. Texas is left trying to replace Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson, though Jordan Hicks may mature into a star in 2012.

TCU

Offensive line: TCU's offensive line is headed for some major turnover. OT Robert Deck, OG Kyle Dooley and OG Spencer Thompson are gone. Two more starters, OG Blaize Foltz and C James Fry, will be seniors in 2012.

Defensive linemen: TCU isn't losing a lot at this spot, but Ross Forrest and D.J. Yendrey will be seniors in 2012. The Horned Frogs would be well-served to prepare, and offer some depth next year.

Specialists: TCU will have to break in a pair of new starters on special teams next season. Kicker Ross Evans and punter Anson Kelton have exhausted their eligibility.

TEXAS TECH

Receiver: The Red Raiders' offense requires a lot of depth here. Tramain Swindall is the only loss at the position, but three more (Alex Torres, Cornelius Douglas, Darrin Moore) will be seniors. Douglas moved to cornerback this year after the team was racked with injury, but we'll see whether he moves back this offseason.

Offensive line: Tech has a huge need here. Four players won't be returning in 2012. Lonnie Edwards, Mickey Okafor and center Justin Keown must be replaced.

Defensive linemen: Tech's Donald Langley and Scott Smith are both out of eligibility, and juco transfer Leon Mackey will be a senior.

To play or not to play TCU's kicker?

November, 29, 2011
11/29/11
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TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson has decided that recently arrested senior kicker Ross Evans will suit up for Saturday afternoon''s season-finale in front of the home fans at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The question is, will he kick against UNLV?

"To be honest with you, he'll be on the sidelines, but I haven't decided yet if he'll kick at all," Patterson said. "But, here's the thing you've always got to ask yourself after you gather information: Who actually is threatened by the whole situation? Your football team if your backup walk-on kicker misses a field goal and you lose the game, or Ross Evans?"

Patterson said Evans has been suspended from practices ever since he was charged with criminal trespassing for allegedly kicking in a door to an apartment in Denton in an attempt to retrieve a friend's stolen cell phone. Evans turned himself in on Nov. 14 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was set free on $2,500 bail. He faces up to a year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine.

Evans, who holds eight TCU kicking records and needs three field goals to become the Mountain West Conference's career leader, returned to practice Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's important final game as members of the Mountain West Conference. TCU, which will join the Big 12 next season, is seeking a 10th win for the fourth consecutive season. It would give the Frogs their third consecutive MWC title.

Although Patterson might ultimately decide not to punish Evans by taking away his Senior Day (and in Patterson's view, potentially punishing the rest of the team with the risk of an errant kick by the backup kicker), he said he's not thrilled with the senior's decision-making.

Patterson said it disturbed him that the incident happened two nights before the team was to leave for Boise State for the biggest game of the season. He called Evans' decision to kick down a door "stupid" and "selfish."

The arrest also tarnishes, if just a bit, the squeaky clean image that Patterson has worked hard to foster. In March, Sports Illustrated published a report that listed the teams on its 2010 Top 25 preseason rankings along with the number of players on each team that had police records. TCU was the lone program with no arrests. TCU and Oklahoma were found to be the only schools that conducted regular criminal background checks on recruits.

"Do I think that we [Evans] overreacted in going to somebody's house and we kicked [the door in?]," Patterson said. "I mean, we're in a state where people shoot people when they come inside their apartments. ... Let's talk about common sense. Look what you put in jeopardy. That's what I talk to my team all the time about. You don't just represent yourself. You represent this university, you represent this football team, you represent this city, you represent all that stuff. That's the thing that I'm disappointed in."

TCU kicker arrested for trespassing

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
4:09
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TCU Horned Frogs kicker Ross Evans turned himself in to Denton police on Monday on a charge of criminal trespassing stemming from an incident that occurred on Nov. 8.

The senior from Burnet is charged with a Class A misdemeanor and could face a fine up to $4,000 or up to one year in jail, or both, according to a Denton police department spokesperson.

According to the police report, Evans, 21, kicked in the door of an apartment, apparently in attempt to find the person that had stolen his friend's cell phone, or in an attempt to retrieve the phone.

After being identified as the man who may have kicked in the door and entered the home illegally, Evans turned himself in Monday.

"We are aware of the situation and still gathering information," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.

He was named the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the week in TCU's 34-10 victory over Colorado State on Saturday. TCU is idle this week and finishes the regular season at home on Dec. 3. It will then play in an undetermined bowl game.

Milestones reached in No. 4 TCU's romp

September, 11, 2010
9/11/10
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The fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs put the wood to Tennessee Tech, 62-7 Saturday night in TCU's home opener at Amon G. Carter Stadium, and in the process set several milestones:

*TCU won its 15th consecutive home game. Attendance was 37,117. TCU won for the 16th time in its last 17 games and is now 28-3 in its last 31 games.

*Senior quarterback Andy Dalton became TCU's career leader in pass completions with a 6-yard first-quarter strike to Curtis Clay. It was the 626th in his career, surpassing the Horned Frogs' previous mark of 622 by Max Knake (1992-95). Dalton was 6-of-7 for 79 yards in the first quarter and finished the game 15-of-21 for 182 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

*Dalton's 19-yard touchdown run was his third rushing score of the season, tying his total from last season. It was also the longest of his 19 career rushing touchdowns.

*Kicker Ross Evans' first-quarter extra point enabled him to break TCU career records for PATs made and attempted. Evans It was his 115th PAT, breaking Chris Kaylakie's previous mark of 114 (1998-00). It was his 123rd career PAT
attempt, moving past Chris Manfredini (122, 2005-07) for the top spot all-time at TCU. Later, Evans missed an extra point to snap his streak of 47 consecutive PATs.

*Senior receiver Bart Johnson Bart Johnson had two first-quarter receptions to give him a catch in 24 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career and tops among current Horned Frogs. He finished with seven catches, tying a career high, for 56 yards.

*Safety Alex Ibiloye forced three fumbles. No TCU defender forced more than two last season.

No. 6 TCU seeks perfection, title shot

September, 1, 2010
9/01/10
1:00
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The TCU Horned Frogs enter the 2010 season boasting the program's highest preseason rankings -- No. 6 in the Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the coaches poll -- after reaching unprecedented heights last season in playing in the BCS Fiesta Bowl.

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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The Frog file:

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).

TCU ties it up at 10 late in third quarter

January, 4, 2010
1/04/10
9:46
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The turnover nets TCU three points. The Frogs put together a nice drive, but once they got inside the red zone, they stalled out.

Sophomore Ross Evans kicked a 29-yard field goal to tie it. The drive was eight plays and 45 yards and took 3:39.

Andy Dalton took charge and made some plays. He was 4-for-4 for 43 passing yards. Jeremy Kerley also made some folks miss on a big pass play.

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