2013 Preview: Competition Keys LB Position
Aug 14, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2013 TCU football team with a look at the linebackers.
Marcus Mallet (6-1, 227, Jr.) entered fall camp in a first-team position. The Cleveland, Texas, native saw increased action in the second half of the season with starts against Kansas State and Texas.
Mallet had five tackles for loss among his 18 stops on the year. He recorded a career-high seven tackles, including two for loss, in the double-overtime win at West Virginia.
Paul Dawson (6-2, 230, Jr.), who tied for the TCU lead with seven special teams tackles among 14 total stops last year, is pushing for a starting job.
Dawson was a wide receiver at Dallas Skyline High School before transferring to Trinity Valley Community College.
Converted safety Jonathan Anderson (6-3, 227, Jr.) is also competing for a starting job. A two-year letterman, Anderson recorded 28 stops last season. He started the opening three games at weak safety.
As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Anderson totaled 17 tackles in a win over BYU. It was the most stops by a Horned Frog in a game since 2004.
True freshmen Sammy Douglas (6-3, 195, Fr.) and Paul Whitmill (5-11, 220, Fr.) are also very much in the mix for playing time. Both were ranked among the top-five outside linebackers in the state of Texas as high school seniors last year.
Douglas was the Scout.com No. 3 outside linebacker in Texas and No. 28 in the nation while coming out of nearby Arlington High School. He was named the Star-Telegram's Super Team Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Tarrant County Terrific 25.
Whitmill, from Bastrop, Texas, was the No. 5 outside linebacker in the state and No. 39 in the country.
Alex Adewunmi (6-1, 210, Sr.) adds depth to the linebacker position. He lettered in a special teams role last season.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 - NFL teams (Buffalo Bills, 2006-10) TCU linebackers coach DeMontie Cross has coached with
3 - TCU record, held by former linebacker Tank Carder (2008-11), for career interception returns for touchdowns
5 - Former TCU players now NFL linebackers (Tank Carder, Cleveland Browns; David Hawthorne, Seattle Seahawks; Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills; Jason Phillips, Philadelphia Eagles; Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals)
77 - Career tackles by Jonathan Anderson to rank third among active Horned Frogs
168 - Tackles by Sammy Douglas as a senior at Arlington High School