Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Rough offseason for TCU gets worse
By David Ubben
Just when you thought the offseason couldn't get worse for TCU, it does. Arguably the team's most talented rusher will leave the team.
TCU running back Ed Wesley will leave TCU because of family reasons, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Waymon James and Matthew Tucker will pick up the slack for the Frogs, and Nebraska transfer Aaron Green will be ready to go in 2013, but losing James is still a big gut punch. The senior was a leader, and accounted for 120 carries in 2011. James and Tucker will have to handle more of the load.
Coach Gary Patterson confirmed Wesley's exit, which leaves the Frogs with two 700-yard rushers entering fall camp in August.
Wesley was second on the team with 726 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. The Irving, Texas native was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year in 2009 and earned all-conference honors in 2010. He was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and would have been a senior in 2012.
It could get worse for the Frogs, too. The Star-Telegram also reported linebacker Deryck Gildon, offensive lineman Carter Wall and fellow lineman Nykiren Wellington were off the team because of grades.
That's the last thing TCU needed this offseason. The Frogs already lost their top defender, Tanner Brock, after a campus drug sting before spring camp. Safety Devin Johnson, DL D.J. Yendrey and reserve OL Ty Horn were also removed from the team.
The biggest question for TCU heading into its inaugural Big 12 season was: Do the Frogs have the depth to win big? Offseason attrition is doing its part to make the answer to that question very clear.