April 4, 2009

TCU takes field for spring game

With close to 3,000 fans in attendance for TCU's spring game, the Frogs took the field and gave a glimpse of what the TCU team might look like this year, sort of.

In typical fashion, the Frogs played a somewhat conservative game to assure that noone was able to get too much film on them but they still did enough to showcase some of their elite players. Some younger players were able to get important work in as well due to a rash of minor injuries to a few of the proven starters. Jimmy Young, Kyle Dooley, Nick Sanders, Rafael Priest and Ross Forrest were a few of the players that did not take part in the game. Yogi Gallegos left the game with an injury but it's not known how severe it is at this time.

Spring game notes:

*While the Frogs #1 offensive unit only put up 10 points, they looked much more explosive than at any time in previous spring games. With Joseph Turner and Ryan Christian not participating, the load was shouldered by Jai Cavness, Edward Wesley, Chris Smith and Jercell Fort.

*Andy Dalton had a solid day and he hooked up early with Jeremy Kerley for a beautiful 32 yard gain on a deep post route. Dalton and Kerley look to have great chemistry together. Dalton, now a 4th year junior, has complete control of the offense and looks like he has a nice feel for Kerley, Antoine Hicks and the rest of the receiving corp. The junior to be led the first team to a 10-0 victory.

*Dalton hooked up with Logan Brock on a really nice bootleg for a TD inside the redzone. Dalton took the snap, made a nice fake and hit Brock on a roll out to his right for the 12 yard score. The corner and safety on that side both bit hard on the run fake and Brock found himself wide open wide open for the score.

*Tank Carder finished off his strong spring with a great showing today. The sophomore linebacker was all over the field and if early indications hold true, the Frogs defense won't miss a beat with the loss of Jason Phillips. While Phillips was the heart and soul of the defense, Carder brings elite athleticism to the position. Carder and Daryl Washington form one of the fastest and most agressive linebacking duos in the country.

*Ross Evans had a nice day today. The battle tested, sophomore kicker kicked a 37 yard field goal and came within a couple of feet from hitting an amazing 58 yarder.

*With plenty of chances to make plays on the day, Chris Smith did just that. The senior running back had close to 40 yards rushing in the first half and had close to 70 for the game. He continuosly pounded the defense and go to the second and third levels on his runs.

*Daryl Washington showed out today. The senior linebacker proved what everybody close to the program already knew. He is one of the elite linebackers in the country and with a big senior year, he could position himself for to be picked on the first day of the 2010 draft. At 6'3" and 232 pounds, Washington could me in line for an All-American type season.

*Jerry Hughes is hands down, the best player on the team. I don't think there is an offensive tackle in the country that can block him right now. Hughes collected 3 sacks and wreaked havoc all day long on the offensive line. A repeat of last year could be difficult but Hughes looks like he is prepared to show that 2008 wasn't the exception, it's the rule.

*Clarence Leatch and Wayne Daniels both had strong showings today. Leatch collected a sack and 2 tackles for loss while Daniels harrassed the quarteback on multipple occasions. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Leatch looks like he's ready for a break out year.

Recruits at the game:

There weren't as many recruits on hand as was expected but I was able to talk to a few of them. Here is a list of recruits that I identified for the 2010 class as well as a list of 2009 commitments that made it in.

2010 Recruits:

Sam Carter
Tyler Brown
Austin Weatherford
Cooper Brock
Cameron Fleming..*Committed to TCU
David Johnson...*Committed to TCU

2009 Signees:

Ty Horn
John Wooldridge
Eric Tausch
Waymon James
Trenton Thomas

With the spring game now in the books, the Horned Frogs will continue to build momentum towards the upcoming season with a summer chalk full of hard workouts and intense preperation by each individual. With the bar set at an all-time high, the Frogs will once again attempt to climb the mountain but this year, there hoping to reach the top. With roughly 5 months to go before the season kicks off, stay tuned to PurpleMenace.Com for the latest breaking Horned Frog news. We'll provide you with in depth coverage and keep you up to date with all the latest recruiting news available.

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