2015 SCHEDULE TCU 23 Minnesota 17 SFA 7 TCU 70 SMU 37 TCU 56 TCU 55 Tx Tech 52 Texas 7 TCU 50 10/10 @ K-STATE 10/17 @ Iowa State 10/29 vs W Virginia 11/7 @ Oklahoma State 11/14 vs Kansas 11/21 @ Oklahoma 11/27 vs Baylor

2015 SCHEDULE
TCU 23 Minnesota 17
S.F. Austin 7 TCU 70
SMU 37 TCU 56
TCU 55 Texas Tech 52
Texas 7 TCU 50
10/10 @ K-STATE
10/17 @ Iowa State
10/29 vs West Virginia
11/7 @ Oklahoma State
11/14 vs Kansas
11/21 @ Oklahoma
11/27 vs Baylor

TCU Horned Frogs
5-0 (2-0 Big 12)

AP: #2     Coaches: #2

Location:  Fort Worth, Texas
Enrollment:  10,033
Colors:  Purple and White
Stadium:  Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000)
2014 Record:  12-1 (8-1 / t-1st)
Postseason:  Peach Bowl
TCU 42  Ole Miss 3
All time series: Tied 4-4
Last meeting: K-State 20 TCU 41 (11/8/14)
Last K-State win: TCU 31 K-State 33 (11/16/13)
K-State vs TCU in Manhattan: K-State leads 3-1
Last TCU win in Manhattan: TCU 24 K-State 22 (9/21/85)
Twitter: @TCU_Athletics, @TCUFootball
Website: GoFrogs.com

 

Championships 1 C-USA (2002) 4 MWC (2005, 2009–2011) 1 Big 12 (2014) Awards 2x AFCA Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)[2] 2x AP Coach of the Year (2009, 2014) Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2009) 2x Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)[3][4] George Munger Award (2009) Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2009) 2x SN Coach of the Year (2009, 2014) 2x Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2009, 2014) 2x The Woody Hayes Trophy (2009, 2014) Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2014)[5] Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2014) C-USA Coach of the Year (2002) 2x MWC Coach of the Year (2005, 2009)[6] Big 12 Coach of the Year (2014)[7]

CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 C-USA (2002)
4 MWC (2005, 2009–2011)
1 Big 12 (2014)
AWARDS
2x AFCA Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
2x AP Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2009)
2x Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
George Munger Award (2009)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2009)
2x SN Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
2x Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2009, 2014)
2x The Woody Hayes Trophy (2009, 2014)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2014)
Paul “Bear” Bryant Award (2014)
C-USA Coach of the Year (2002)
2x MWC Coach of the Year (2005, 2009)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (2014)

Head Coach: Gary Patterson

  • Overall Record (Yrs): 137-45 (15)
  • Record at School (Yrs): Same
  • Record vs. K-State: 1-2
  • Salary: $3 million

 

Where did TCU head coach Gary Patterson go to school? Oh, right, at K-State! A native Kansan, Patterson grew up in Rozel, started his college career at Dodge City Community College, and played linebacker for the Cats in the 1980 and ’81 seasons. He stayed on as a GA during the ’82 Independence Bowl season at K-State.

That experience was his only major conference coaching until TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. When Patterson took over at TCU he was coming off a long career of assistant coaching spots in relatively small schools until he took over as defensive coordinator at TCU in 1998, and then was promoted to head coach in 2000 when Dennis Franchione left to take the job at Alabama. Before joining the Big 12 Gary Patterson led TCU to a Conference-USA championship in 2002 and 4 Mountain West titles. He led the 2011 team all the way to a Rose Bowl Victory over Wisconsin.

In 2008 it was reported that he had agreed on a deal to come to K-State as the head coach following the Ron Prince fiasco. Ultimately that didn’t happen, but it seems that K-State has manged to find some success with the guy they did hire.

In his spare time he plays the guitar. No really. You can catch him performing in the off season.

 

Horned Frogs Offense

Passing yds/game Rushing yds/game Total Offense yds/game Scoring points/game Time of Possession
TCU Offense 396.4 (4th) 233.60 (17th) 630.0 (2nd) 50.8 (2nd) 32:03 (32nd)
KSU Defense 288.0 (118th) 71.0 (3rd) 359.0 (51st) 18.0 (25th) 32:36 (20th)
(FBS Rankings)
#9 Senior Wide Receiver Josh Doctson

#9 Senior Wide Receiver Josh Doctson, who did not receive a penalty for saluting in last year’s Peach Bowl.

Yeah, you remember Boykin

Holy hell. do you remember his stat line from last year against K-State? I hate to do this, but here’s the reminder: 23/34 for 219 yards and a TD in the air, and 17 carries for 123 yards and 3 TDs on the ground. For all the talk that TCU may not have it this year, that talk seems to be greatly exaggerated. Boykin has thrown for 19 TDs already this season. 19 TDs in 5 games. The good news? He’s only rushed for 2. So how do you stop him? Well, he’s only been sacked 4 times and thrown 3 interceptions. So with the secondary issues that K-State has right now… well…

The other Heisman candidate1

A good season for a college wide receiver is 1000 yards. That’s the benchmark. Senior Josh Doctson hit that mark a year ago. Think he’ll do it again in 2015? He could potentially be within a couple weeks of it happening already. He’s got 722 yards on the season, and has been on the receiving end of 8 of Boykin’s 19 TD passes. During the game against Texas last week the announcers pointed out that TCU could split Heisman votes between Boykin and Doctson.

And that run game…

Aside from their freaky reverses, K-State didn’t have to worry much about stopping Oklahoma State’s run game last week. Which is a shame, because the Cats have been really solid up front. That changes this week with TCU. Not only do you have the always scary run threat of Boykin, Aaron Green is back, and just as scary as he was a year ago when he rushed for 171 yards and a TD against K-State. Texas’s strong front held him to 70 yards on 14 carries last week, but with as many ways as TCU has to hurt you, it wasn’t much help to them.

 

Horned Frogs Defense

Passing yds/game Rushing yds/game Total Offense yds/game Scoring points/game Turnover Margin
TCU Defense 213.2 (60th) 174.0 (80th) 387.2 (73rd) 24.0 (65th) +2 (45th)
KSU Offense 198.0 (90th) 168.25 (72nd) 366.3 (94th) 34.3 (43rd) +2 (45th)
(FBS Rankings)
Sep 12, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Montrel Wilson (20) during the game against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 12, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Montrel Wilson (20) during the game against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The depleted D

While TCU’s offense may have pretty much everyone back from the national championship caliber 2014 team, the defense was another story. They only returned 5 starters this season. Then, once the depth charts were set, they lost another 4. Senior DT Davion Pierson just returned from his injury for the Texas game, and senior DE James McFarland is still out. Add into that another senior lineman, Mike Tuaua, who just returned from his suspension for beating up another TCU student and stealing his Keystone Light, and you have a giant mess on the offensive line. Their starting linebackers are also gone. Sammy Douglas is out for the year, and Mike Freeze left the team for personal reasons, which likely have nothing to do with Keystone Light.

The 4-2-5

TCU’s defense has always been their calling card, but they were surrounded by questions after giving up 37 points to SMU and 52 to Texas Tech. They regained their mojo this week against Texas, though, holding the Longhorns to just 7 points. Their defense has long been about their front, and pushing the action to the safeties, who are there as much to contain the run as to work in coverage. K-State has struggled to do anything around the corner in the run game this season, and this won’t be the week they’re able to get that going.

The freshman to watch

With that depleted defense, some younger guys have had to step in. The most promising, and one to keep an eye on, is #20, true freshman Montrel Wilson. He came to TCU as a safety and has been pressed into service as a linebacker. After not getting any stats in the first game, he’s had 26 tackles in the 4 games since then, including 13 against Texas, including a sack. He’s fast, and has an innate sense for the ball.

No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Class Hometown Last School
1 Emanuel Porter 6-4 210 WR SO Dallas, Texas Lincoln High School
2 Trevone Boykin 6-2 205 QB SR Dallas, Texas West Mesquite High School
2 Corry O’Meally 6-0 170 CB SR Miami, Fla. Ellsworth CC
3 Torrance Mosley 5-10 160 CB SO Dutchtown, La. Dutchtown High School
3 Shaun Nixon 5-10 196 TB RS FR Austin, Texas Lake Travis High School
4 Niko Small 5-10 187 S FR Arlington, Texas Bowie High School
6 Kenny Iloka 6-2 209 S SR Sugar Land, Texas Tyler JC
6 Bram Kohlhausen 6-2 203 QB SR Houston, Texas L.A. Harbor College
7 Arico Evans 6-2 196 S FR Dallas, Texas Hillcrest High School
7 Kenny Hill 6-1 215 QB JR Southlake, Texas Texas A&M
7 Kolby Listenbee 6-1 183 WR SR Arlington, Texas Bowie High School
9 Josh Doctson 6-3 195 WR SR Mansfield, Texas Wyoming
10 Desmon White 5-7 150 WR SO DeSoto, Texas DeSoto High School
11 Zach Allen 6-3 210 QB SO Temple, Texas Temple High School
11 Ranthony Texada 5-10 170 CB SO Frisco, Texas Centennial High School
12 Foster Sawyer 6-5 228 QB RS FR Fort Worth, Texas All Saints’ Episcopal School
12 Steve Wesley 6-0 175 S SO Arlington, Texas Bowie High School
13 Ty Slanina 6-0 193 WR JR East Bernard, Texas East Bernard High School
14 Jeff Gladney 6-0 175 CB FR New Boston, Texas New Boston High School
14 Jarrison Stewart 6-0 190 WR FR Mesquite, Texas Horn High School
15 Jaelan Austin 6-0 192 WR FR Grand Prairie, Texas South Grand Prairie High School
16 Michael Downing 5-11 175 S SO Alpharetta, Ga. Alpharetta High School
17 Grayson Muehlstein 6-4 210 QB RS FR Decatur, Texas Decatur High School
17 DeShawn Raymond 6-1 180 CB FR Metairie, La. East Jefferson High School
18 Nick Orr 5-10 180 S SO DeSoto, Texas DeSoto High School
19 Cyd Calvin 6-1 175 CB SO Frisco, Texas Centennial High School
19 Travis Hanes 5-11 207 WR SO Houston, Texas Stratford High School
20 Deanté Gray 5-10 175 WR SR Houston, Texas Westside High School
20 Montrel Wilson 6-3 208 LB FR Keller, Texas Fossil Ridge High School
21 Kyle Hicks 5-10 200 TB SO Arlington, Texas Martin High School
22 Aaron Green 5-11 205 TB SR San Antonio, Texas Nebraska
23 Alec Dunham 6-1 213 LB FR Coldspring, Texas Coldspring-Oakhurst High School
23 Ryan Watkins 6-0 250 FB JR Fort Worth, Texas Blinn College
24 Trevorris Johnson 5-11 221 TB SO Houston, Texas Alief Taylor High School
24 Julius Lewis 5-10 170 CB FR Mansfield, Texas Mansfield High School
25 KaVontae Turpin 5-9 152 WR FR Monroe, La. Neville High School
26 Derrick Kindred 5-10 210 S SR San Antonio, Texas Wagner High School
28 Isaiah Alexander 5-7 170 WR SO Aurora, Colo. Smoky Hill High School
28 Tony James 5-10 156 WR FR Arlington, Texas Bowie High School
28 Patrick Zeller 6-0 200 WR RS FR San Diego, Calif. Del Norte High School
29 Colten Christensen 5-9 185 TB SR Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Saddleback College
29 Adam Nunez 6-0 180 P FR Houston, Texas Second Baptist School
30 Rocket Ismail Jr. 5-11 176 WR FR Carrollton, Texas Ranchview High School
30 Denzel Johnson 6-2 205 S JR Gainesville, Texas Gainesville High School
31 Ridwan Issahaku 6-1 180 S RS FR Norcross, Ga. Norcross High School
31 Devin Killpatrick 5-11 175 CB SR Pearland, Texas Bacone College
32 Travin Howard 6-1 190 LB SO Longview, Texas Longview High School
33 Robert Lewis 5-11 165 CB SR Atlanta, Ga. West Forsyth High School
33 Ricky Musgrove 5-8 165 CB FR Fort Worth, Texas O.D. Wyatt High School
33 Jaden Oberkrom 6-3 187 PK SR Arlington, Texas Martin High School
34 Preston Miller 5-9 170 WR JR Dallas, Texas Highland Park High School
34 Daniel Walsh 6-2 180 WR JR San Diego, Calif. Cathedral Catholic High School
35 Sammy Douglas 6-3 215 LB JR Arlington, Texas Arlington High School
36 Ryan Graf 6-0 180 PK FR Los Angeles, Calif. Culver Military Academy
37 Ethan Perry 6-4 230 P SR Spring Branch, Texas Smithson Valley High School
38 Connor Osborne 5-10 170 WR JR West Monroe, La. West Monroe High School
39 Stacy Boyd 5-5 150 TB JR Fort Worth, Texas Western Hills High School
39 Justus Canfield 5-11 185 WR SO New Brighton, Minn. Irondale High School
40 James McFarland 6-3 255 DE SR West Monroe, La. West Monroe High School
42 Ty Summers 6-2 230 LB RS FR San Antonio, Texas Reagan High School
43 Michael Carroll 6-1 170 WR FR Beavercreek, Ohio Beavercreek High School
43 Davis Devereaux 6-1 220 LB FR Dallas, Texas Parish Episcopal School
44 Paul Whitmill 6-0 230 LB SO Bastrop, Texas Bastrop High School
46 Jonathan Song 5-10 170 PK FR Fort Worth, Texas All Saints’ Episcopal School
47 Tipa Galeai 6-5 220 DE FR Euless, Texas Trinity High School
47 Jake Whittenburg 6-0 205 WR FR Perryton, Texas Perryton High School
49 Brandon Hatfield 6-3 230 PK/P SO Chino Hills, Calif. Ontario Christian School
49 Garrett Kaufman 6-1 225 LB SO Bentonville, Ark. Northwestern State
49 Semaj Thomas 6-2 230 LB FR Fort Worth, Texas Southwest High School
50 Harrison Gillaspy 5-11 220 LB SO Amarillo, Texas Crown College
51 Austin Schlottman 6-6 300 C SO Brenham, Texas Brenham High School
52 Trey Elliott 6-4 280 OT RS FR Dallas, Texas Jesuit College Prep School
53 George Cullen 6-0 210 LB SO Atlanta, Ga. Chadwick School
54 Joseph Broadnax 6-0 300 DT FR Dallas, Texas Bryan Adams High School
55 Joey Hunt 6-3 295 C SR El Campo, Texas El Campo High School
57 Davion Pierson 6-2 305 DT SR Oklahoma City, Okla. Millwood High School
58 Patrick Morris 6-3 300 OG SO Denton, Texas Guyer High School
60 Thomas Walsh 6-3 295 OL RS FR Grapevine, Texas Heritage High School
61 Michael MacCrory 6-1 275 OG JR Houston, Texas Stratford High School
62 David Bolisomi 6-6 290 OT FR Denton, Texas Ryan High School
63 Garrett Altman 6-4 272 C SO Brenham, Texas Brenham High School
64 Matt Pryor 6-7 350 OT SO Long Beach, Calif. Lakewood High School
65 Brady Foltz 6-4 320 OG SR Rose Hill, Kan. Rose Hill High School
66 Pakamiaiaea Davis 6-2 240 DL RS FR Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Kamehameha Schools
67 Cole Graham 6-0 204 SN FR Cypress, Texas Cypress Ranch High School
68 Joseph Noteboom 6-5 320 OT SO Plano, Texas Plano High School
69 Aviante Collins 6-6 295 OT SR Houston, Texas Willowridge High School
70 Cordel Iwuagwu 6-3 290 OG FR Houston, Texas Westfield High School
71 Matt Boggs 6-0 205 SN SO Benton, La. Benton High School
72 Bobby Thompson 6-6 310 OG SR Midland, Texas Midland Christian
73 Jozie Milton 6-2 310 C FR Clinton, La. Silliman Institute
74 Halapoulivaati Vaitai 6-6 315 OT SR Haltom, Texas Haltom High School
75 Ryan Griswold 6-5 270 OT RS FR Pearland, Texas Pearland High School
76 Sam Awolope 6-6 265 OT FR Missouri City, Texas Fort Bend Marshall High School
77 Jamelle Naff 6-4 325 OG SR Del City, Okla. Del City High School
78 Ty Barrett 6-5 316 OL RS FR Dallas, Texas Skyline High School
79 Luke Benuska 6-6 295 OT SR San Marino, Calif. San Marino High School
80 Buck Jones 6-4 255 TE JR Matthews, N.C. Weddington High School
81 Ja’Juan Story 6-4 208 WR SR Brooksville, Fla. Florida
82 Charlie Reid 6-4 225 WR SO Fort Worth, Texas All Saints’ Episcopal School
83 Keaton Duhon 6-0 180 WR RS FR Southlake, Texas Carroll High School
84 Dominic Merka 6-4 250 TE SR Crosby, Texas Crosby High School
85 Corey McBride 6-1 187 WR RS FR Dutchtown, La. Dutchtown High School
86 Bryson Burtnett 6-5 248 TE SO Springtown, Texas Springtown High School
87 TreVontae Hights 6-3 180 WR FR Yoakum, Texas Yoakum High School
88 Nathan Hernandez 5-8 160 WR JR Coppell, Texas Coppell High School
88 Cole Novak 6-6 240 TE SO Georgetown, Texas Texas State
89 Andre Petties-Wilson 6-1 190 WR RS FR San Diego, Calif. Mission Bay High School
90 Terrell Lathan 6-5 280 DE SR Chatham, La. West Monroe High School
91 L.J. Collier 6-4 275 DE RS FR Munday, Texas Munday High School
92 Bryson Henderson 6-6 275 DE SO Mansfield, Texas Summit High School
93 Michael Mosharrafa 6-3 210 DE JR Phoenix, Ariz. Brophy College Preparatory
93 Mike Tuaua 6-3 253 DE SR Rohnert Park, Calif. Santa Rosa JC
94 Josh Carraway 6-4 250 DE JR Flower Mound, Texas Marcus High School
95 Aaron Curry 6-2 280 DT JR Keller, Texas Nebraska
96 Breylin Mitchell 6-4 255 DE FR Round Rock, Texas Round Rock High School
97 Chris Bradley 6-2 255 DT SO Shreveport, La. Evangel Christian Academy
98 Casey McDermott Vai 6-4 282 DT RS FR Raytown, Mo. Raytown South High School
99 Tevin Lawson 6-4 280 DT JR Denham Springs, La. Denham Springs High School
Coaches
Gary Patterson – Head Coach | 15th Season
Jarrett Anderson – Offensive Line Coach | 18th Season
Rusty Burns – Outside Receivers Coach | 7th Season
DeMontie Cross – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach | 3rd Season
Sonny Cumbie – Co-Offensive Coordinator/QBs Coach | 2nd season
Zarnell Fitch – Director of High School Relations | 1st Season
Chad Glasgow – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach | 14th Season
Matt Lewis – Director of Football Operations | 12th Season
Curtis Luper – Running Backs Coach | 3rd Season
Doug Meacham – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Inside WRs | 2nd season
Dan Sharp – Defensive Line Coach | 24th season
Jake Brown – Graduate Assistant – Offense | 1st Season
David Gable – Associate Director of Sports Medicine | 12th Season
Bryson Oliver – Graduate Assistant – Offense | 1st Season
Don Sommer – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach | 14th Season
Jeremy Modkins – Defensive Analyst | 1st Season
Matt Parker – Assoc. Strength and Conditioning Coach | 9th Season
Paul Gonzales – Cornerbacks Coach | 1st Season
Nelly Gonzalez – Assistant Director of Football Operations | 1st Season
Hudson Fuller – Offensive Analyst | 1st Season
Eric Russell – Director of Player Personnel – Special Teams | 1st Season
Clifton Odom – Graduate Assistant – Defense | 1st Season
Jason Phillips – Graduate Assistant – Defense | 1st Season


Notes:

  1. For the record, calling anyone a Heisman candidate is infuriating. There’s no such thing. Technically every college football player is a Heisman candidate. []

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