Who has the edge at each position? InsideTheUtes breaks it all down...
A Closer Look at TCU
QB: TCU has fourth year starter Andy Dalton leading their offense. Dalton, the returning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, had a respectable game last week going 15/21 for 182 yards and one touchdown. He's a dual threat QB (512 yards rushing in 2009) that manages the game well and rarely turns the ball over.
RB: Sophomore Ed Wesley, an honorable mention All-MWC selection as a freshman, is averaging 7.8 yards per carry through the first two games of the season. In the opener vs. Oregon State, Wesley rushed for 134 yards on 17 carries. Wesley's joined in the backfield by fellow sophomore Matthew Tucker. Tucker is a bigger back and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry so far this season.
WR: Andy Dalton has three 2009 All-MWC selections Jeremy Kerley, Antoine Hicks, and Jimmy Young back this season. Despite their success last year, Young and Hicks only have one reception each this season. Thus far, senior Bart Johnson is TCU's leading receiver with 10 receptions for 82 yards.
O-Line: TCU returns two 1st Team All-MWC linemen this season. One of them, LT Marcus Cannon, missed last week due to an ankle injury he suffered during the season opener. Center James Kirkpatrick was a pre-season All American selection and is considered to be one of the best centers in the nation. Guards Josh Vernon and Kyle Dooley each started last season.
D-Line: Senior DE Wayne Daniels, an all conference selection last season, already has 3.5 sacks through the first two games of the season. Daniels is joined on the line by returning defensive tackles Kelly Griffin and Cory Grant. The other DE position is held by Stansly Maponga, a redshirt freshman.
LB: Junior Tank Carder, a 2nd Team All-MWC linebacker in 2009, is back for the Frogs. Carder is joined by sophomore Tanner Brock, who was named a Freshman All-American in 2009. Brock is one of the leading tacklers for the TCU defense.
DB: The other leading tackler, with 15 so far, is senior S Alex Ibiloye. Ibiloye has 2.5 tackles for loss and has forced 3 fumbles. TCU replaced two 4-year starters after last season with Greg McCoy and Jason Teague. Teague has forced a fumble and has an interception (along with a 29 yard return) so far. Safety Tyler Luttrell missed last week's game due to a hamstring injury and is expected to miss this week as well. Luttrell was replaced by senior Colin Jones, who stepped in with 5 tackles last week.
Coach: Gary Patterson is now in his tenth season as the head coach at TCU. Patterson's defenses are always tough and have ended up as the top defense in the nation 4 of his 10 seasons, including the past two seasons.
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