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TCU News: “I haven’t been around a guy who was that intense who pulled as much as he can pull out of players.”

Links O’ War | Danny Mourning

TCU Defensive Passing Game Coordinator Paul Gonzales is on the rise.

Football:

How odd jobs led assistant football coach Paul Gonzales to become a rising star at TCU | The Star-Telegram

Paul G is a rising star in the coaching ranks.

It’s no surprise that Gonzales was part of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) prestigious “35 Under 35” last month in Nashville when Patterson became the association’s president.

“It was a really stellar group of dudes that I was in there with and a lot of bright upcoming coaches,” said Gonzales, who joked that, at 34, he had just made the cut.

“Being part of that was a realization that I’m at a top-tier program and still young in the game. I still have a lot to learn, but it was good getting around those guys and networking and getting a peak behind how you advance.”

Getting that recognition and invited to that select group wasn’t easy for Gonzales, though. It didn’t happen by accident.

Prospect Preview: Jalen Reagor, Don’t let the Size Fool you | Jet Nation

Has anyone ever been concerned about size with Reagor?

Reagor may not have the most refined route tree at this point in time, but given what he brings in terms of speed and attacking the football in the air, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to find early success as a pro. Then of course there’s always the NFL combine where he may boost his stock if he shows he’s capable fo doing more than what was asked of him at TCU.

With the Jets likely grabbing an offensive lineman in round 1, their best shot at Reagor will be the second round which is where many draftniks have him going at the moment. Expect Reagor to run his 40 in the low 4.4’s indy, showing that the speed we see on game day is no fluke.

Having also done some work as a punt returner, averaging over 20 yards per return in 2019, Reagor brings value on speical teams as well.

Cowboys Draft Target: TCU CB Jeff Gladney | The Star-Insider

Jeff Gladney could be an early-round surprise — to everyone but TCU fans, who know how good he is.

Has lightning quick feet and loose hips. Has tremendous balance and body control when flipping his hips. Good click and close ability. Explosive when he plants and drives on the ball in both coverage and as a tackler. Ability to play aggressively due to his outstanding recovery speed. Love his competitiveness and football IQ

Physical player. Doesn’t get bullied by bigger bodied WRs. Has good ball skills and is aggressive at the catch point. Shows good route anticipation on film. Equally comfortable playing in zone or man coverage. Willing and able to mix it up in run support. Reliable tackler with solid hitting power for his size, but more of a wrap up tackler. Versatility to play outside or in the slot and on special teams as a gunner.

Basketball:

TCU Basketball Player Kevin Samuel Motivated By Tough Times Growing Up And Family Surviving Hurricane Irma | CBS DFW

Yes, this team has been bad over the last few weeks, but there are a bunch of really great humans on it. Big Kev is certainly one of them.

Samuel tells of how he had to walk (if his bike wasn’t working) to the village bakery every day before school, just to get some bread for his family to eat.

The older kids often didn’t let him play because he had no shoes and was barefoot on the hot concrete.

His most distinct memory of his homeland will always be September of 2017 when Hurricane Irma nearly wiped out the entire island.

At TCU at the time, Samuel went days without any contact with his mom, dad and other immediate family.

Finding out his family was okay but understand how many families were affected, has left Samuel appreciating life like never before. He said he “will never taken anything for granted again.”

Source: Frogs of War