NCF Nation: Joel Hasley

TCU LB Joel Hasley leaves team

August, 5, 2013
This is not the way TCU wanted its preseason to begin. Less than a week into fall camp, the Horned Frogs are already down two starters:
Linebacker Joel Hasley, who started 10 games as a walk-on in 2012, has left the Horned Frogs, the school announced Monday. TCU coach Gary Patterson said in a statement that Hasley "decided it was time to move on from football."

"I'd like to thank Joel for everything he's done for TCU and his commitment to our program," Patterson said. "We will miss him and wish him the best."

Hasley is the second projected starter to leave the program since the team reported for camp last week. Starting right tackle Tayo Fabuluje left TCU for "personal reasons," the school revealed Thursday.

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TCU will likely to turn to either Jonathan Anderson or Paul Dawson to fill Hasley's spot. This a tough start for a program that has a monster opener looming. The Horned Frogs begin the season against LSU on Aug. 31. At least they'll have a few weeks to get somebody else acclimated into a starting role.
We've already seen some shakeups among Big 12 defenses, but which unit has impressed you most? Let's take a vote:


The Cyclones rank third in the Big 12 in scoring defense and have forced 12 turnovers, fourth-most in the Big 12. Jake Knott and A.J. Klein are as talented as any two linebackers in the league, and the secondary is way, way underrated. Jacques Washington is tied for the Big 12 lead with three interceptions and the unit ranks fourth in total defense.


Which Big 12 defense has impressed you most?


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TCU has had to replace a lot of personnel, but true freshman Devonte Fields has been as good as any defensive end in the league. Linebacker Joel Hasley has flown around for the defense, and is ninth in the Big 12 with 37 tackles. The Frogs have forced a Big 12-high 14 turnovers, including three picks from Jason Verrett, tied for the most in the Big 12. The Frogs have played a good schedule and are second in the Big 12 in total defense. They're giving up just 13.2 points a game, the lowest mark in the Big 12.


The Sooners have had a tough time forcing turnovers, but Oklahoma is giving up just 16 points a game, and ranks third in the Big 12 in total defense. Aaron Colvin has broken up six passes and to this point, looks like a breakout star on the Sooners defense.


K-State's slow pace helps its defense put up good numbers, but the Wildcats have been big-time thieves this year, their 13 takeaways good for second in the league. That's helped K-State rank second in the Big 12 in scoring defense, and the Wildcats went on the road and held Oklahoma to just 19 points. The Wildcats, though, rank fifth in total defense.


Texas Tech is no longer the nation's No. 1 overall defense after giving up 41 points in three quarters to Oklahoma, but the Red Raiders are easily the most improved unit on this list after finishing 114th in total defense a year ago. That knocked Tech to fifth in the Big 12 in scoring defense, but the Red Raiders are still No. 1 in the Big 12 in total defense. Can they force a few more turnovers? Tech has just seven so far this year.

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 3

September, 17, 2012
Here's what you need to know about the week that was in the Big 12.

Best offensive performance: J.W. Walsh, QB, Oklahoma State. Cowboys fans weren't sure what to expect when Wes Lunt went down in a heap clutching his knee. Walsh was ready, and proved why the OSU QB race this spring was so close. He also proved why you don't immediately transfer if you lose a position battle. He threw for 347 yards on 21-of-30 passing and ran for 73 yards and a score on just six carries, helping Oklahoma State roll over Louisiana-Lafayette, 65-24.

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Sue Ogrocki/AP PhotoOklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, who played in place of injured starter Wes Lunt, had a solid game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Best defensive performance: Joel Hasley, LB, TCU. The first-year starter made a big impact in TCU's first Big 12 game. He was all over the place for the Frogs, making 12 tackles and notching two sacks in the Frogs' 20-6 win over Kansas. Honorable mention: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas; Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

Best team performance: Texas. It's not easy to go on the road against anyone and assert dominance, but Texas did it in a game that was never very close against Ole Miss. The Longhorns had 350 yards rushing and 326 yards passing. The defense didn't have a good night tackling, but the Longhorns haven't put up that kind of offensive balance since the national title year of 2005. Honorable mention: Oklahoma State

Best play: Kye Staley, FB, Oklahoma State. Staley's story will never stop being incredible, but the rumbler's comeback tour had another big moment on Saturday, when he took a short pass and turned it into a 52-yard score. A major knee injury had Staley out of the game, but he's back, and he's a fan favorite in Stillwater. His story got more front-page treatment in a quiet week across the Big 12. Honorable mention: Marquise Goodwin, Texas

Worst play: Take your pick, TCU. The Frogs had a snap go between Casey Pachall's legs in the red zone early, leading to a loss of possession and a 30-plus yard loss. Late in the game, Pachall fumbled for a touchback at the 1-yard line, too. Waymon James coughed up a fumble inside the KU 10 and Pachall was sacked for another fumble just outside the KU 20-yard line. That's quite a lowlight reel, and I didn't even get to the Frogs' missed 27-yard field goal yet.

Worst moment: Lunt's knee injury. Injuries are probably the worst part of this game, and Lunt's future looks bright. To see him go down and immediately clutch his knee? Nothing short of sickening. It doesn't sound like a major injury, but here's hoping the 18-year-old gets back to health soon.

Best moment: Late Saturday night, when this terrible week of Big 12 football ended. No marquee matchups. No games decided by fewer than 14 points. Can we move to next week yet?