11/21/2012 03:58 PM
TCU Offense Breakdown
Right now, it's Trevone Boykin. Read my breakdown of Boykin and you'll get a taste for how much they rely on him. And that's not good for the Frogs if Texas can follow some of the basic gameplanning that previous opponents have used successfully on the young signal caller.
TCU has an extremely talented group of WRs, average RBs, and a shaky OL - particularly at the OT position.
Josh Boyce, Brian Carter, Ladarius Brown, and Skye Dawson form one of the best units in the league, but the Frogs - because of QB inexperience and OL issues - have had trouble getting the ball to them as often as they'd like. Boyce leads the Frogs in receiving (56-753) and he's a NFL quality dude with good size and strength. LaDarius Brown is a man-child mismatch 6-4, 220, but he lacks the polish needed to fully exploit his physicality. Watch for him in the red zone or if we're dumb enough to put a LB on him. Skye Dawson is their small, track star version of Marquise Goodwin and, finally, Brian Carter, is a reed-thin playmaker with great balls skills from Euless Trinity who I've followed since high school. Their TE is primarily a blocker.
Absolutely the strength of their offense.
Weak at OT (they start a true freshman and sophomore) with a strong interior OL led by Blaise Foltz (this freak of science nature benches 580 and squats 800). Because of their inconsistency running the football, TCU wants to put their four quality WRs on the field at once and use Boykin's athleticism to create time and make plays downfield, but their total inability to block outside rushers prevents it. They can't take free hits on the QB in exchange for 12 yard gains. The Frogs have given up 22 sacks on the year, but 12 of those have come in their four games.
They lost their two best RBs and it shows. Tucker is the big back (6-1, 230, 30 career touchdowns, 410 yards rushing this season) and freshman BJ Catalon is the team leading rusher (445 yards) and scatback (19 catches). No TCU rusher averages more than 5 yards per carry and though they are capable of running the ball in spurts (and so, consequently, can probably run it on us) they haven't shown the ability to really murder a team when they overplay TCU's talented WR corps. Former Katy product Aundre Dean is the #3 RB.
Punter Ethan Cole averages 44.5 per kick. TCU averages 15.4 yards per punt return and they're fantastic at choreographing the blocking. Fortunately for Texas, Alex King has been a punt return neutralizer all season long. TCU place kicking is fair to middling, but they do consistently win in the kick return game (TCU's kick coverage is very good). In short, it's what you'd expect from a Patterson team and if Texas screws around here, we'll give life and confidence to a TCU offense that isn't really capable of extended 80 yard drives.
TCU is a well-coached football team with a bunch of young talent. Unfortunately for TCU, some of those players were pressed into action a year early and it shows on the field. Similarly, inexperience and deficiencies at some key spots mean that teams who game plan well against them are able to pick on those weaknesses, bypassing TCU's strengths.
TCU also lacks depth (because some of their depth is now starting) and that doesn't bode well for them if they don't have a lead on the Longhorns heading into the 4th quarter.
Defensively, Patterson understands that Texas does its worst damage to defenses throwing the ball downfield in play action. I don't think he'll concede the running game - as it's not a part of his constitutional make-up - but he will caution TCU's safeties to linger back one extra beat on 1st and 10. Texas should make it a point to run right at Devonte Fields and TCU's LBs - as there's a good chance that TCU's secondary can be punished if they start to cheat in response.