2012 TCU Horned Frogs Football Preview
2011 Record: 11-2 (7-0 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Gary Patterson, twelfth season (109-30 all at TCU)
Projected Returning Starters: 13
Spring Game: No Spring Game.
Notes: Once the 2012 season kicks off, Gary Patterson will have overseen the transition from the WAC to Conference USA to Mountain West to Big 12. Like former fellow Mountain West member Utah, TCU has seen their program rise, leading to an invitation from a power six conference. Since 2008, TCU has averaged 11.75 wins and has finished no worse than second in the Mountain West. TCU has been 30-1 in the Mountain West, with the lone loss occurring in 2008 at Utah, by 3. With the transition to the Big 12, expect TCU to have a bit more of a challenging season.
BVTSB Take: The Dallas-Fort Worth area is a prime area for college football recruiting. Now with TCU being in the Big 12, they may have to worry about teams coming into their recruiting turf. Quarterback Casey Paschall returns for his second season as a starter. Paschall was 11-2 last season, with the two losses by a combined nine points. He threw for over 2900 yards last year and 25 touchdowns. Paschall’s numbers may drop a better, especially now that the Horned Frogs are in a stronger league, but he is definitely more experienced. Running back Ed Wesley was expected to help TCU on the ground again this year. Wesley split time with Waymon James and Matthew Tucker last season; Wesley rushed for 726 yards and six touchdowns last season. He will enter the supplemental NFL Draft, to be held on July 12th, after Wesley left TCU for family reasons. James will return – he rushed for 875 yards and six touchdowns, while Tucker, the third returning rusher, rushed for 702 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Patetrson will have a decision to make for the starting running back position. Overall, the three combined for 85% of the team rushing yards and 63% of the team’s rushing touchdowns. Leading receiver Josh Boyce returns – he was just shy of 1000 yards receiving, but had nine touchdowns grabs last season. The offensive line is fairly young, as only C James Fry and RG Blaize Foltz return. TCU returns the fewest starters of any Big 12 team this year (tied with Iowa State). The lack of experience leads this writer to believe that TCU’s streak of double digit wins will snapped in 2012.
2012 Early Projection: 8-4
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