I sat down with HornedFrogBlitz.com publisher Jeremy Clark and asked him some questions about TCU and what Bear fans should expect this weekend.
1. What do you expect from Trevone Boykin in his second career start, and how will the offense look with more time to prepare with his skill-set in mind?
Boykin was kind of thrust into the role last week. He actually spent a majority of the week getting reps at runningback since Matthew Tucker was unavailable and with that change Matt Brown actually worked at #2 quarterback. When the Pachall news hit, Boykin essentially had one day to prepare for Iowa State. The offense shouldn't change much, he actually gives the Frogs more of a threat running the ball than Pachall did. However, he has to get more comfortable in the passing game. He threw three interceptions against Iowa State and two of those were complete stare down of his receivers. He also held on to the ball too long which resulted in a couple of big losses. He should do better in his second start, but I don't anticipate him being able to throw the ball as well vertically that Pachall could. That could be a big problem. The bright side? He led the Frogs to 455 total yards against a good defense last week.
2. The TCU defense struggled to cover the Bears one-on-one in last years game. Do you think Patterson will go away from his preferred man defense and what changes do you expect to see?
I still think he keeps at least one corner on an island again. When you have a good cover corner that's an advantage. However, it's not been proven that the Frogs have a guy that can cover the deep ball on a consistent basis. On the season, the Frogs have given up just four touchdown passes, but they've allowed at least five plays of 40 yards or more through the air this season. No doubt the Bears will attack the secondary vertically.
3. Any new on Matthew Tucker's status for the Baylor game, and if he doesn't play, who will get the bulk of the carries?
At this point it's still a question mark. He did return to practice on Tuesday but he still may not be 100%. If he doesn't play expect to see true freshman B.J. Catalon and senior Aundre Dean receive the bulk of the carries. Catalon had 86 yards on only 13 carries against Iowa State, however he also fumbled twice in the first half that wiped away any potential scoring drive for the Frogs. One was inside the 20-yard line.
4. Who is one player on offense and defense Baylor fans should be on the lookout for that they might not know?
Offensively, Boykin is still somewhat of an unknown as is Catalon. I expect both to play much better this week. Last week the two combined for five turnovers. Another player on offense I'm still waiting to have a breakout game is freshman receiver Ladarius Brown. He's 6-4, 220-pounds and ran a 4.47 over the summer. He had five catches against Kansas but other than that he's been relatively quiet this season.
Defensively, weak safety Chris Hackett is a name that I think Baylor fans will either remember in a good or bad way. He'll be dealt the task of covering some of Baylor's slot receivers (which isn't an easy task) and he'll also have to help in the run. He made his first start against SMU and had an interception and fumble recovery. He also played well in relief duty against Virginia.
5. How do you think the team will rally after a difficult week and a half after losing their starting QB and their first game?
Well, now that the uncertainty of whether Pachall will be back or not is gone, they can now focus on playing the rest of the season with Trevone Boykin or Matt Brown as their leaders in the huddle. The team seems to be 100% behind Boykin and you could definitely see a bounce in the offense last week against Iowa State. Josh Boyce said it earlier this week that for Boykin to get confident, everyone needs to step up and help out. The Frogs are still 1-1 in Big 12 play and still have plenty to play for the rest of the season.