TCU is looking to improve off of last years Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State. The Horned Frogs kick off spring practice today with an emphasis on attempting to replace All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes as well as Daryl Washington; both should be drafted no later then round three in the upcoming NFL draft.
At first glance replacing either of those will be difficult for any team, but head coach Gary Patterson just seems to be able to reload. A few years back the defense was in a similar situation with Chase Ortiz who was an All-American defensive end, and then came along Jerry Hughes who was even better. The defense should be just fine as it returns seven starters, and that coach Gary Patterson puts the best athletes on defense.
Coach: Gary Patterson
Last season: 12-1 overall, 8-0 in the Mountain West. Lost 17-10 to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Spring dates: March 23-April 15.
Offense (8): T Marcus Cannon, QB Andy Dalton, G Kyle Dooley, WR Antoine Hicks, WR Jeremy Kerley, C Jake Kirkpatrick, G Josh Vernon, WR Jimmy Young.
Defense (7): LB Tank Carder, E Wayne Daniels, T Cory Grant, T Kelly Griffin, S Alex Ibiloye, FS Tejay Johnson, SS Tyler Luttrell.
Special teams (2): K Ross Evans, P Anson Kelton.