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2009 TCU Preview - Offense
TCU WR Jimmy Young
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Posted Jul 23, 2009


CollegeFootballNews.com 2009 Preview - TCU Horned Frog Offense

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Preview 2009 - Offense


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What you need to know: The TCU offense put up yards and points finishing 21st in the nation scoring and 12th in yards, but it wasn’t under a whole bunch of pressure to produce with a defense that wasn’t going to allow more than two touchdowns a game. Offensive coordinator Mike Schultz left for Illinois and now it’ll be up to running back coach Jarrett Anderson and quarterback coach Justin Fuente to handle the job of keeping things moving. It shouldn’t be a problem with a strong line, led by tackle Marshall Newhouse, paving the way for a decent, but undistinguished stable of backs. Andy Dalton is more than just a serviceable quarterback, and he could explode with a deep and talented receiving corps to work with.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Andy Dalton
182-307, 2,242 yds, 11 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Joseph Turner
146 carries, 577 yds, 11 TD
Receiving: Jimmy Young
59 catches, 988 yds, 5 TD

Star of the offense: Senior OT Marshall Newhouse
Player who has to step up and become a star: Junior C Jake Kirkpatrick
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore WR Antoine Hicks
Best pro prospect: Newhouse
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Newhouse, 2) WR Jimmy Young, 3) QB Andy Dalton
Strength of the offense: Offensive line, Receivers
Weakness of the offense:
Lack of a No. 1 running back, passing game in big games

Quarterbacks

Projected Starter
Veteran Andy Dalton has been one of the program’s better statistical passing quarterbacks, but more than anything else he’s been a winner. The 6-3, 215-pound junior already has 19 wins under his belt and is coming off a nice, efficient year completing 59% of his passes for 2,242 yards and 11 touchdowns with five picks. A good runner, he tore off 432 yards and eight touchdowns. Careful with the ball, he knows his place on the team. It’s his job to not screw up and let the defense win, and he can do that. He’ll never be a dynamic passer, he has a mid-level arm, but he makes things happen.

Projected Top Reserves: With Marcus Jackson moving to the secondary, it’ll be up to Yogi Gallegos to step in and become a good backup. Considering Andy Dalton gets banged around, this is a key position and Gallegos should be ready. While the redshirt freshman is only 6-1 and 192 pounds, he's a great passer with a live arm and just enough mobility to take off from time to time. He’s a spark-plug who could inject energy into the attack from time to time.

Freshman Casey Pachall is a 6-5, 194-pound playmaker who got to school early and could eventually become a dangerous all-around quarterback. While the idea is to redshirt him, the top prospect might be too good to keep off the field if something happens to Dalton. He threw 31 touchdown passes as a high school senior and ran for 512 more showing off his excellent speed to go along with his size. If he can bulk up just a little bit, he’ll be one to keep an eye on down the road.

Watch Out For ... Dalton to set the school record for completions. He holds the mark after completing 222 throws as a freshman, and after completing 182 last season, he should break his record.
Strength
:
A good pecking order. Dalton is the established starter, Gallegos will be worked in slowly, and Pachall is waiting in the wings and will be given time to develop. In an emergence, Marcus Jackson could quickly move over from his safety spot.
Weakness
:
Backup experience. Dalton is a runner who isn’t afraid to get hit, and he’s almost certain to miss some playing time. The key to the season could be the play of Gallegos.
Outlook: The TCU passing game is along for the ride. The idea is to take advantage of the weak secondaries, which it did against Wyoming last year, and not screw up against the good ones. Keep the chains moving, make the big play here and there, and let the defense win games. Andy Dalton can do that, and he’ll have a big game or two, while Yogi Gallegos is a promising No. 2 who’s ready to see the field.
Rating: 6.5

Running Backs


Projected Starters: While he missed time this off-season recovering from a knee injury and will have to work his way up the depth chart again, Joseph Turner should be the team’s top scorer and best rushing threat. A 6-1, 225-pound power back, the junior led the team with 577 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, ten of those scores came in the first eight games of the year as he battled through injuries. He came back to rip off 83 yards and a score against Boise State. A load of a back with good quickness, he hasn’t had to be a workhorse for any length of time. He’ll most likely be a part of a rotation once he’s back.

Stepping in at fullback will be Luke Shivers, a 6-0, 220-pound sophomore who ran two times for six yards and two touchdowns in his limited work. The former linebacker has bulked up to become more of a blocker, and he’ll also be used a bit as a tight end. He caught a pass for five yards last season.

Projected Top Reserves: Until Joseph Turner is ready, Ryan Christian will step in as the main rushing option. Extremely versatile, the 5-11, 180-pound senior was second on the team with 30 catches for 321 yards while running for 386 yards and four scores. Along with his receiving skills, the former H-Back is a tough runner for his size with a nice burst. He’ll also see work on special teams after averaging 22.3 yards per kickoff return.

5-11, 231-pound senior Chris Smith can be used a bit as a fullback and can be a big tailback. He hasn’t done too much running the ball, he only had 72 yards on 12 carries, but he’s a good blocker who’ll step in when a blocker is needed and he’ll be important in pass protection.

Sophomore Jai Cavness is overdue to come up with some big plays. While he’s only 5-8 and 175 pounds, he’s one of the team’s fastest players and can be used as a receiver as well as a runner. He only ran for 134 yards as a redshirt freshman, but he scored twice in garbage time. He stepped up his role a bit as the season went on and will step in for a change-of-pace.

Redshirt freshman Edward Wesley is a small, tough back, and while he’s not expected to see much time in the rotation, he’ll be a part of the ground game next year. While he’s only 5-9 and 185 pounds, the star of the scout team runs with good toughness and he’ll take a beating.

Watch Out For ... a steady rotation. The running game finished 12th in the nation even though there no back gained more than 577 yards. Having a running quarterback helped, but it’s the rotation that’s the key to the success.
Strength
:
Options. There could be five running backs that see time carrying the mail. There might not be a go-to, superstar No. 1 option to carry the load, but there are several options from the very quick to the very powerful and everything in between.
Weakness
:
A star back. Aaron Brown was supposed to be it last year but he was always hurt. It didn’t seem to matter much for the production of the attack. Joseph Turner could be a top back, but he’s injured. Ryan Christian will be fine in bursts, but he’s not a special runner. There needs to be a crunch-time runner who can take the game over.
Outlook: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. There might not be any stars, but the ground game should be extremely effective again after running for 2,863 yards and 39 scores. Quarterbacks accounted for over 800 yards and 12 scores, but the rotation of backs should keep everyone fresh and keep the offense moving. Eight players ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns last year, and it could be more of the same with five backs worth of seeing playing time and a potential goal line star in fullback Luke Shivers.
Rating: 7

Receivers


Projected Starters: Junior Jimmy Young had a breakout season with a team-leading 59 catches for 988 yards and five touchdowns averaging 16.7 yards per grab. The 6-1, 200-pound speedster is a home-run hitter who’s been consistent since he became a big part of the rotation. While 226 of his yards and three scores came against Wyoming, he caught four balls or more in every game but two. He’ll work on the outside X position to stretch the field.

Bart Johnson was a good spot starter who caught a pass in every game but two. While he didn’t explode, his 52-yard grab against Utah was his one highlight, he showed enough to get more passes his way at the H. At 6-1 and 190 pounds, the junior has the height, and he has just enough athleticism to bust off a big play or two.

Working at the Z position, and as the No. 2 man on the Y, will be 6-2, 193-pound sophomore Antoine Hicks, a good-looking riser who came on at the end of his freshman season and finished with seven catches for 69 yards. He was also used as a runner with six carries against Wyoming and UNLV in back-to-back weeks. A strong special teamer with a great burst, he’ll end up doing more for the offense this year.

Junior Jeremy Kerley, the one-time superstar recruit, has been part of the show since day one of his freshman year, used a bit as a runner and a passer along with his receiving duties. While he caught 11 passes for 95 yards, his real worth has been as an all-star punt returner averaging 13.9 yards per try. At 5-10 and 192 pounds, he’s solidly built after three years in the weight room. He’ll never be a polished receiver, but he’ll make plays in a variety of ways.
 
Trying to take over for Shae Reagan at tight end will be Evan Frosch, a big 6-4, 260-pound junior who caught ten passes for 67 yards and two scores. The former linebacker is a tough blocker who’s growing into a decent receiver and will get the ball more his way. He’s not Reagan as far as overall talent, but there won’t be a huge drop-off.

Projected Top Reserves: 6-0, 180-pound junior Curtis Clay became a decent backup making nine catches for 98 yards in his limited work. He spread out his grabs a catch in eight games highlighted by a 22-yard play in the win over Air Force. While he’s not a blazer, he’s a tough target at the Z behind Antoine Hicks.

At 6-4  and 197 pounds, sophomore Jonathan Jones has the size and the toughness to be a matchup problem, and he has the raw speed to get deep at the X. He only caught two passes for 18 yards, but one of them came for a touchdown against Stephen F. Austin.

6-3, 253-pound sophomore Logan Brock saw time in every game last season but didn’t make a catch. A blocker and special teamer so far, he has the receiving skills to be used in the offense in two tight end sets and playing behind Evan Frosch.

Watch Out For ... more Kerley. With his quickness in the open field and his deep speed, there’s no reason he should be an afterthought in the passing game. He’ll get the ball a bit as a runner, and now he’ll get more passes his way at the Y.
Strength
:
Talent. Young is an all-star in the making, Hicks is a good-looking sophomore, and Kerley and Johnson are juniors who’ll grow into bigger roles. The corps will be even better next year when everyone is back.
Weakness
:
A sure-thing tight end. This is nitpicking. Frosch should be fine with the increased role, but Shea Reagan was a reliable all-around playmaker who was vital to the passing attack.
Outlook: The young prospects of last year are all grown up and should form one of the league’s best corps. Only one key player, Walter Bryant, is gone, while Jimmy Young leads a fast, still-rising group that should get better and better as the year goes on and should be truly special next year. There’s speed, quickness, and experience to get excited about. Stretching the field won’t be a problem.
Rating: 7

Offensive Linemen

Projected Starters: Three starters return to the great line with Marshall Newhouse the star of the show after earning All-Mountain West honors on the left side. The 6-3, 317-pound senior tackle is a dominant all-around blocker who has been a part of the blocking mix from the start with 26 straight starts. He’s the one the offense runs behind on key plays and he’s a strong pass blocker who moves extremely well for his size. He's the cousin of former Dallas Cowboy, Robert Newhouse, and former Baylor star receiver, Reggie Newhouse.

Returning to his spot at left guard is Kyle Dooley, a 6-3, 310-pound sophomore who stepped in halfway through the season and was strong for four games before getting knocked out for the year. The former walk-on isn’t special, but he’s a hard-working, strong run blocker who benefits from playing next to Newhouse.

Taking over at center in place of Blake Schlueter will be Jake Kirkpatrick, a 6-3, 305-pound junior who spent last year as an understudy. Mostly a special teamer so far, he’s big and has good potential. However, he’s not expected to be Schlueter and will mostly be used for his run blocking.

6-5, 350-pound junior Marcus Cannon is a massive right tackle who has strength and upside. A starter in 11 games last year, he was a dominant run blocker who blasted away for big yards around the right side and was surprisingly nimble for his size. While he’s going to have problems against the speed rushers, if he gets his hands on the defender, it’s over. An honorable-mention all-star, now he’ll be in the mix for bigger honors after a breakout performance against Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Junior Josh Vernon is a 6-2, 295-pound veteran who was battled for the left guard job last year and spent the season as a key part of the rotation. A top recruit a few years ago, he has the skills to grow into the right guard job and he should be one of the surprises now that he gets a full-time role.
 
Projected Top Reserves: While Nic Richmond isn’t going to push out Marshall Newhouse from the left tackle job, the 6-8, 322-pound senior is a good veteran who can see time on either side. He started every game at right tackle two years ago, but he was pushed aside by Marcus Cannon. Not all that athletic, he uses his long arms and his big frame to keep defenders at bay.

Zach Roth, a former JUCO All-American, was one of last year’s top recruits and will be a part of the right guard rotation. At 6-5 and 310 pounds, he’s big, tough, and ready to make an impact. He was supposed to be a big part of the line last year but ended up redshirting. He has the build of a tackle and the toughness to eventually shine at guard.
 
Watch Out For ... Cannon. He might be too big, he has gotten bigger since last year, and he might look like he belongs at guard, he’s a burgeoning all-star at right tackle. He’s a massive run blocker who’ll blow over everything in his path.
Strength
:
Physical play. This is a big, tough group that beats up defensive lines. With good veterans, a nice mix of talents, and the right combination, this should be a strong line even with two key starters gone.
Weakness
:
Developed depth. The starting five should be a brick wall, but there could be problems if there’s a slew of key injuries. The backups will need to work their way into the rotation and will need to show they can handle the work in a tight group.
Outlook: The line was one of the keys to the Mountain West season paving the way for a strong running game and doing a great job in pass protection. This year’s line will be strong on the outside with Marshall Newhouse and Marcus Cannon certain to earn all-star honors, while the interior will be fine. It’s not a special group of guards, and center Blake Schlueter will be missed, but the inside won’t be a weakness.
Rating: 7.5