Thursday, May 6, 2010
TCU spring wrap
By Graham Watson
2009 overall record: 12-1
2009 conference record: 8-0
Offense: 9, defense: 7, punter/kicker: 3
OT Marcus Cannon, LB Tank Carder, QB Andy Dalton, DE Wayne Daniels, OG Kyle Dooley, TE Evan Frosch, DT Cory Grant, NT Kelly Griffin, WR Antoine Hicks, S Alex Ibiloye, WR Bart Johnson, S Tejay Johnson, WR/PR/KR Jeremy Kerley, C Jake Kirkpatrick, TB Matthew Tucker, OG Josh Vernon, TB Ed Wesley, WR Jimmy Young
DE Jerry Hughes, OT Marshall Newhouse, CB Rafael Priest, CB Nick Sanders, TB Joseph Turner, LB Daryl Washington
2009 statistical leaders (* denotes returners)
Rushing: Joseph Turner (754 yards, 11 TDs)
Passing: Andy Dalton* (2,756 yards)
Receiving: Jeremy Kerley* (44 receptions for 532 yards, 2 TDs)
Tackles: Daryl Washington (109 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 2 Sacks, 3 Int.)
Sacks: Jerry Hughes (11.5)
Interceptions: Tejay Johnson* (3) and Daryl Washington (3)
1. Left tackle, tackled: There was some concern about filling the left tackle position vacated by Marshall Newhouse, but the Frogs slid Marcus Cannon from right tackle to left tackle to fill the void. He seemed to make the transition seamlessly during spring ball.
2. Filling in for Hughes: One of the biggest questions heading into spring ball was about who was going to fill Jerry Hughes’ spot at left end, and TCU found a surprise answer in Ross Forrest, who began the spring third team on the depth chart at right end. Braylon Broughton and Stansly Maponga also will challenge in the fall.
3. So long snapper: For the past three seasons Clint Gresham has been the team’s deep snapper and hasn’t had a bad snap. Replacing him was the biggest priority this spring and Daniel Shelley emerged as the team’s starting long-snapper for the 2010 season.
1. So if right tackle is good, what about left? With Marcus Cannon moving over from right tackle to left tackle, the right tackle position is now up for grabs. Junior Jeff Olson, who was not listed on the spring depth chart, will probably start fall camp as the top right tackle, but the position is far from filled.
2. Backed into a corner: Greg McCoy and Jason Teague are replacing four-year starters Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders at the cornerback position and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be much drop-off for a pass defense that ranked sixth in the country last year. All of the safeties are back, which will provide needed help as the new corners get acclimated.
3. Deep running back corps -- again: TCU is a running team and this year’s group of running backs figures to be as strong as ever. Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker return after good seasons a year ago, along with players such as Dwight Smith, who had surgery but is expected to be back for fall camp, Waymon James and Aundre Dean.