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TCU News: “Stick together is the message and I feel like we’re doing that.”

Links O’ War | Danny Mourning

TCU Basketball hasn’t given up on themselves, even through a tough stretch.

Football:

The most, least experienced teams in the Big 12 for 2020 | 247 Sports

The offense will be young, but the D is a veteran unit.

TCU failed to reach a bowl game for only the third time in Gary Patterson’s 19 years as head coach in 2019, but with the fourth-most experienced defense and sixth-most most seasoned offense the Horned Frogs should be able to get back to bowl eligibility in 2020.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Prospect Profile: Jalen Reagor, TCU | Roto World

Reagor is going to pop off at the Combine.

Ben Solak of The Draft Network sums up the film-aspect of Reagor by writing: “Jalen Reagor is a late Day 1/early Day 2 candidate for teams looking to add electric playmaking ability to their receiving corps. Reagor is not a perfect prospect, as he struggles at times with contested catches and concentration drops, and lacks an elite catch radius for downfield targets — but with that said, he is a silky route-runner with excellent releases off of tight coverage, which provides a very high ceiling for his deployment either outside or in the slot. Reagor is a prime candidate for touches from the backfield, as a returner, and as an underneath receiver given his elusiveness in space and homerun speed. Reagor is an ascending player who was limited by the route tree and deployment offered him by TCU, and while he does present some risk given his struggles with the physical requirements of the game, could sneak his way into the first round off of his upside.”

If Reagor is drafted first or second round after running a 40-yard dash in under 4.39 (as a few reports have claimed), I am going to have an exceedingly hard time keeping him out of my top 10 prospects for rookie drafts. The sort of production he showed in a frigid offensive environment with that game-breaking speed suggests to me that he is a difference-making player in the NFL in a way that a few other highly-regarded prospects in this class just aren’t.

Five players from TCU’s 2020 class that will make an impact | Horned Frog Blitz

Hodge could team with Wallow to form one of the Big 12’s best backer duos.

Hodge is a very athletic linebacker at 6-foot-2, 228-pounds. He was rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker in JUCO ranks and chose the Frogs over Nebraska, Louisville and Arizona among others. Hodge is fast and most importantly, he’s experienced. Last season the Frogs had a great year from Garrett Wallow, but it was a group of inexperienced players beside him as the Frogs had to play two true freshmen in Wyatt Harris and Dee Winters. Patterson said during his signing day press conference that landing Hodge was big for the defense and will give him the chance to redshirt one or both of the linebackers that was pushed into action last season.

Basketball:

TCU hits rock bottom, embarrassed in Lubbock during 46-point loss to Texas Tech | The Star-Telegram

Yeah, I didn’t stay up for this one. I have no regrets.

How embarrassing was it?

This is the worst loss for TCU basketball in 42 years. The Horned Frogs haven’t lost by this much since a 90-41 loss to Texas on Jan. 5, 1978. That 1977-78 season started with a 63-point loss to Clemson (125-62).

This is also the most lopsided loss in Dixon’s career, surpassing the 32-point loss at West Virginia last month (81-49).

TCU’s Bane says Frogs have to stay together in losing streak | 247 Sports

Things aren’t getting any easier for the Frogs, but they can’t let the losing divide them.

“I kind of tell the young guys about my experiences and the things I’ve been through; my freshman year losing seven in a row,” Bane said. “We were in position to get in the tournament then lose seven in a row. I’ve been here. I’ve been in this position before. There are still some quality opportunities out there. We play good teams every night. Just have to find a way to put a good 40 minutes together.”

With the Frogs having a quick turnaround on the road at Texas Tech on Monday, Bane says his message to the rest of this team is to stick together, stay positive.

Bane feels like the team has remained positive.

“Stay together. Stay positive. We’ve lost to all good teams,” Bane said. “Every team we play from here on out is a good team. We’ve lost some road games in some tough environments. Staying together is the key. We’re a new team. A lot of players haven’t been through this. We haven’t hit true adversity like this in high school or at another level. Stick together is the message and I feel like we’re doing that.”

Source: Frogs of War