2014 Preview: Familiar Faces at Linebacker
Aug. 5, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas-- GoFrogs.com begins its preview of the 2014 TCU football team with a look at the linebacker position.
The Horned Frogs return their entire linebacker corps from last season.
Veteran Jonathan Anderson (6-3, 227, Sr.) entered fall camp No. 1 at middle linebacker with Marcus Mallet (6-1, 227, Sr.) and Paul Dawson (6-2, 230, Sr.) batting for the starting job at the sam linebacker.
Anderson, who made 10 starts last season, placed fourth on TCU with a career-high 66 tackles. His 143 career stops rank second among active Horned Frogs.
Mallet had 70 tackles after totaling just 21 in his first two seasons combined. His 8 1/2 tackles for loss placed fourth on the Horned Frogs. He made seven starts on the season and closed the year with a career-best 12 stops against Baylor.
Dawson has been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, recognizing the nation's top linebacker. He topped TCU with 91 tackles in 2013, while his 10 stops for a loss placed second. The former wide receiver at Dallas Skyline High School reached double figures in tackles in five of the final seven games, including a career-best 17 stops in a win over Kansas.
Sammy Douglas (6-3, 205, So.) and Paul Whitmill (5-11, 220, RFr.) are young players who will compete for playing time. Douglas contributed mostly on special teams as a true freshman last season, while Whitmill was a redshirt.
Ty Summers (6-2, 211, Fr.) is a true freshman from San Antonio who will look to impress in fall camp. At Reagan High School, he excelled as a dual-threat quarterback while also playing safety.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 - TCU linebackers (Paul Dawson) on the Butkus Award Watch List
5 - Years (2006-10, Buffalo Bills) TCU linebackers coach DeMontie Cross coached in the NFL
143 - Career tackles by Jonathan Anderson to rank second among current Horned Frogs
3,744 - Yards of total offense (2,001 passing, 1,773 rushing) for Ty Summers at Reagan High School in San Antonio last year