TCU football notes versus Texas Tech

Quentily Harmon

Quentily Harmon

Sept. 13, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football team hosts Texas Tech in the first regular-season meeting of top-25 teams at Amon Carter Stadium since 1984, when the No. 12 Horned Frogs lost 44-23 to No. 10 Texas.

That game drew an Amon Carter Stadium record crowd of 47,280.

The most recent TCU contest between ranked teams at Amon Carter Stadium was the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl as the No. 19 Frogs fell 34-31 to No. 18 Boise State.

Saturday¹s game between TCU and Texas Tech is sold out.

TCU is hosting Texas Tech for the first time since 1994, when both teams were members of the Southwest Conference. The Frogs won 24-17.

In the two most recent meetings, both in Lubbock, the Red Raiders were victorious in 1995 (the final year of the SWC) and 2004.

TCU trails 28-22-3 versus Texas Tech in a series that began with a 28-16 Frog victory in 1926.

THE STREAK
*TCU owns the nation's longest current winning streak at 12 in a row. It's the Frogs' longest run of consecutive victories since winning 12 straight over the final two games in 2002 and the opening 10 contests in 2003.

HONORARY BIG 12 MEMBERS
*Since the start of the 2005 season, covering just 14 games, TCU is 3-0 versus the Big 12. With those three victories, the Frogs have equaled or surpassed the Big 12 win totals posted by five of the league's current members in that same time period.
*TCU has opened two consecutive seasons with a road victory over a Big 12 team. The Frogs defeated Oklahoma, 17-10, last year and won 17-7 at Baylor this season.
*Texas Tech is the first Big 12 team to play at TCU since Oklahoma in 1998, when the Sooners took a 10-9 decision over the Frogs.

AT HOME
*TCU has a six-game home winning streak.
*Since the start of the 2000 season, TCU is 30-4 (.882) in Amon Carter Stadium. Included in that total are undefeated marks in four (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005) of those years which contributed to at least 10 wins in each season.
*The Frogs are in the midst of a stretch with three home games in 20 days, culminating Sept. 28 versus BYU. After that contest, TCU will have just three home dates over the final 65 days of the regular season.

WORTH NOTING
*At 55-19 (.743), TCU has the 11th-best record in Division I-A since the start of the 2000 campaign.

THE RANKINGS
*TCU has appeared in the last 13 top-25 polls by the Associated Press and USA Today.
*With a No. 21 appearance in the USA Today poll and a No. 22 spot in the Associated Press Top 25, TCU posted its highest preseason rankings since it was No. 20 by AP in 2000.

THE BCS
*The Frogs were 14th in the final 2005 BCS standings. It was the 20th time TCU has appeared in the BCS standings, the most of any school playing in a conference without an automatic BCS bid. Boise State and Utah are tied for second at 12.

WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
*Marcus Jackson, QB - Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 3 vs. Baylor)
*Marvin White, S - Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week(Sept. 3 vs. Baylor)

FROGS PROMINENT ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
*TCU has eight players on a total of 10 different preseason watch lists:
*Jeff Ballard, QB - Davey O¹Brien Award
*Tommy Blake, DE - Chuck Bednarik Award, Ted Hendricks Award, Lombardi Trophy, Lott Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy
*Aaron Brown, TB - Doak Walker Award
*Chris Manfredini, PK - Lou Groza Award
*Robert Merrill, TB - Doak Walker Award
*Chase Ortiz, DE - Ted Hendricks Award, Lombardi Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy
*Jason Phillips, LB - Butkus Award,br> *Herb Taylor, OT - Lombardi Trophy, Outland Trophy
*TCU is one of just nine teams to have three candidates on the Lombardi Award Watch List.

TCU'S MAJOR AWARD RECIPIENTS
*Davey O¹Brien, QB - 1938 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award
*Michael Reeder, PK - 1995 Lou Groza Award
*LaDainian Tomlinson, TB - 2000 Doak Walker Award

FROGS AS PRESEASON All-AMERICANS
*TCU is well represented on preseason All-America teams:
*Jeff Ballard, QB - Football Writers Association of America All-America checklist
*Tommy Blake, DE - Athlon, Street & Smith's, The Sporting News All-America checklist (No. 7 defensive end in the nation)
*Aaron Brown, TB - Football Writers Association of America All-America checklist
*Robert Merrill, TB - Football Writers Association of America All-America checklist
*Chase Ortiz, DE - Football Writers Association of America All-America checklist
*Jason Phillips, LB - The Sporting News All-America checklist (No. 13 inside linebacker in the nation)
*Herb Taylor, OT - Athlon, Street & Smith's, NationalChamps.net, Football Writers Association of America All-America checklist, The Sporting News All-America checklist (No. 10 offensive tackle in the nation)
*Marvin White, S - The Sporting News All-America checklist (No. 6 safety in the nation)

FROGS ON THE PRESEASON All-MWC TEAM
*TCU placed five players on the 2006 preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team: defensive end Tommy Blake, defensive end Chase Ortiz, linebacker Jason Phillips, offensive tackle Herb Taylor and safety Marvin White.
*After having just one player (defensive tackle Ranorris Ray) on the 2005 preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team, TCU concluded the campaign with a league-best 18 selections on the postseason squad. No other school had more than 12.

MERRILL AMONG THE BEST
*TCU tailback Robert Merrill is Division I-A's third-leading active career rusher:
1. Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois - 3,603 yards
2. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma - 3,337 yards
3. Robert Merrill, TCU - 2,771 yards

IN WEEK THREE
*TCU is 4-1 in the third game of a season during the tenure of coach Gary Patterson. The lone defeat came in 2004 at Texas Tech.

TYING TYE
*The 46-13 win over UC Davis improved Jeff Ballard's record to 10-0 as TCU¹s starting quarterback. He has now tied Tye Gunn's school mark for most consecutive victories to begin a career as a starting quarterback.
*Ballard's first start in that stretch, a 49-28 win over New Mexico last year, came after he replaced an injured Gunn. When Gunn was hurt the previous week at BYU, Ballard came off-the-bench and rallied the Frogs from an 18-point third-quarter deficit to the 51-50 overtime victory in Provo. It's the largest come-from-behind win in Gary Patterson's six seasons as TCU¹s head coach.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS
*Included below is where Jeff Ballard ranks on TCU's all-time overall list for longest winning streaks by a starting quarterback:
1. Sammy Baugh - 12
2. Davey O'Brien - 11
3. Jeff Ballard - 10
3. Tye Gunn - 10
5. Howard Grubbs - 9

HITTING HIS MARK
*After feeling woozy and playing just the first half in the season opener at Baylor, Jeff Ballard completed 18-of-23 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns against UC Davis in posting the fourth-best single-game completion percentage (78.3) in TCU history. He also ran for a 10-yard score.

DEJA VU
*In relief roles, the numbers of Jeff Ballard in last year's 51-50 overtime win at BYU and Marcus Jackson in the second-half comeback at Baylor are very similar: Ballard - 8-of-12 passing (75.0 percent), 150 yards, 2 TDs Jackson - 11-of-13 passing (84.6 percent), 148 yards, 2 TDs
*Jackson was two attempts shy (a minimum of 15 is required) of qualifying for the second-best single-game completion percentage in TCU history. The current mark is held by Max Knake who was 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) in a 27-25 win over Rice in 1994.

STUFFING THE RUN
*Over its last five games, dating back to the 2005 campaign, TCU's run defense is allowing just 34.2 yards per game:
*The Frogs allowed 2.8 yards per rush attempt in 2005, ranking eighth in the nation.

DEFENDING THE PASS
*Facing two pass-oriented teams (Baylor and UC Davis) in their opening two games, the Frogs surrendered just one scoring toss.
*TCU allowed just 14 touchdown passes in its 12 contests a year ago with five of those coming from BYU. In the Frogs' other 11 games, TCU opponents passed for only nine touchdowns.
*The top three single-season TCU opponent pass attempt totals have come in the last three years.

FINISHING STRONG
*In the second half of games this season, TCU has outscored the opposition by a 40-3 margin. That total includes a 24-3 differential in the third quarter and 16-0 over the final 15 minutes.
*Dating back to last year, the Frogs have allowed just 31 fourth-quarter points in their last 14 games (2.2 per contest). During that same period, TCU has outscored its foes by a 203-89 margin in the second half.

THE MISSING
*TCU has opened 2-0 despite missing four key offensive players to injury: tailbacks Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill, wide receiver Michael DePriest and offensive tackle Heath Raetz. The Frogs also rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit at Baylor with starting quarterback Jeff Ballard sidelined.

SENSATIONAL SOPHOMORE
*Tailback Aaron Brown, the 2005 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, tops TCU in rushing (122 yards), receiving yards (166) and touchdowns (three).
*Brown is tied for the lead in the MWC and 26th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (144.0). He's also in a deadlock for third in the league and 41st in the country in scoring (9.0 points per game).
*A native of Katy, Texas, Brown is fourth in the MWC in receiving yards per game (83.0) and seventh in rushing (61.0 yards each contest).

THE CENTURY MARK
*Tailback Aaron Brown's 107 yards receiving at Baylor were the most by a Frog since Cory Rodgers totaled 128 yards on six catches in a 48-10 win at Air Force last season (Oct. 22).
*Brown became the first TCU running back to reach 100 yards receiving in a game since Andre Davis had four receptions for 109 yards in a 30-28 win at Tulane on Oct. 15, 1994.

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
*With standout tailbacks Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill sidelined, reserves Detrick James and Justin Watts have been major producers after entering the fall in No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively, on the depth chart.
*James has had back-to-back career-high games in rushing with 38 and 54 yards, respectively, versus Baylor and UC Davis.
*Watts was the Frogs¹ second-leading rusher with a career-best 64 yards on seven attempts versus UC Davis.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
*Twelve different Frogs have combined for TCU's 36 receptions this season.
*Quentily Harmon (11) and Aaron Brown (nine) are the lone Frogs with more than three grabs.

THE GO-TO-GUY
*After setting a career-high in receiving yards (96) at Baylor, Quentily Harmon tied a career-best with six receptions in the UC Davis game.
*Harmon, the top returning receiver this season after catching 28 passes in 2005, leads the Frogs with 11 grabs on the year. His 156 receiving yards trail only Aaron Brown (166).

TIGHT END TRADITIONS
*In both of the opening two games this season, a TCU tight end had his first career reception result in a touchdown.
*Quinton Cunigan was on the receiving end of a 3-yard scoring pass from Marcus Jackson at Baylor for his first collegiate reception.
*Converted quarterback Shae Reagan's first career catch was an 18-yard touchdown toss from Jeff Ballard in the second quarter against UC Davis.

DEFENSIVE DOUBLE DIGITS
*Safety Marvin White and linebacker Jason Phillips both appeared on The Sporting News' preseason All-America checklist.
*In the opening two games, they have lived up to their preseason billing with double-figure tackle performances.
*White set a career-high with 14 tackles at Baylor, nearly three times the amount of the next-closest Frogs (three players had five stops). Against UC Davis, White recorded his first interception of the season and fourth of his career.
*Phillips equaled a career-high with 10 tackles against UC Davis while also posting his first career interception.

LINEBACKER DROUGHT OVER
*Jason Phillips' first career interception, in the third quarter against UC Davis, was TCU's first pick by a linebacker in nearly two years (David Hawthorne vs. SMU, Sept. 11, 2004).

SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUTS
*For the second straight year, TCU leads the Mountain West Conference in kickoff return average (34.7) and punt returns (12.6). The kickoff mark is fourth in the nation, while the punt return mark is 25th.
*Donald Massey is averaging 43.0 yards on two kickoff returns, including a 69-yard effort at Baylor.
*Marcus Brock, after being sidelined by injury in the 2005 campaign, tops the MWC while placing 13th in the country with a 15.2 punt return average.

SPLITTING THE UPRIGHTS
*Chris Manfredini is 15-of-15 on field-goal attempts at TCU (2005-06).
*When including a 10-of-11 mark for Cincinnati in 2003, he is 25-of-26 (96.2 percent) on field goals in his career.
*Manfredini had a career-long 47-yard field goal versus UC Davis.

FINDING THE END ZONE
*Peter LoCoco, who doubles as TCU's long-range field goal kicker, has had touchbacks on 7-of-13 kickoffs this season.
*Over the last nine games in 2005, LoCoco had touchbacks on 27-of-63 (42.9 percent) kickoffs.

THE TWO-FOOTED MONSTER
*Chris Manfredini and Peter LoCoco had 47 and 49-yard field goals, respectively, in the 46-13 win over UC Davis.

IN THE ZONE
*TCU sits atop the Mountain West Conference in both red-zone offense and defense.
*The Frogs have seven touchdowns and a field goal to produce points on all eight of their offensive trips into the red zone.
*Defensively, opponents have had just four red-zone visits against TCU. The Frogs have allowed only one touchdown to go with two field goals.

SPOTTING POINTS
*Both Baylor and UC Davis scored first on TCU. Last year, the Frogs were first on the board in 10 of their 12 games.
*Since the start of the 2002 season, the Frogs have been first on the scoreboard in 72.0 percent (36-of-50) of their contests.
*TCU had scored first in eight consecutive games before Baylor snapped the streak with a 21-yard second quarter touchdown pass. The previous time a TCU opponent had scored first was BYU on Sept. 24, 2005.

STREAK SNAPPED
*TCU saw its streak of scoring in the first quarter snapped at nine games in the Baylor contest. The Frogs were held scoreless in the opening 15 minutes for the first time since Sept. 15, 2005 versus Utah.

LONG-DISTANCE FROGS
*TCU recently had 84-yard touchdown passes in back-to-back games, tying for the seventh-longest passing plays in Frog history.
*Jeff Ballard and Michael DePriest connected on an 84-yard scoring toss in the 2005 Houston Bowl win over Iowa State, while Marcus Jackson and Aaron Brown did the same in the season opener at Baylor.

NEW FACES
*While preseason All-American and Lombardi and Outland Trophy candidate Herb Taylor has made 38 consecutive starts, representing every TCU game over the last four years, the other four starters (OG Maurice Bouldwin, OG Matty Lindner, C Blake Schlueter, OT Wade Sisk) on the Frog offensive line have made their first collegiate starts this season.
*When including wide receivers Ervin Dickerson and Donald Massey, TCU had six first-time starters on its offensive unit in the season opener at Baylor.
*Also against Baylor, the defense had three first-time starters (DT Cody Moore, CB Rafael Priest and CB Nick Sanders) while nose tackle Jarrarcea Williams made his first start since the final two games of the 2004 campaign.

FROGS OR TADPOLES
*TCU has played four true freshmen this season: offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, linebacker Daryl Washington and defensive ends Wayne Daniels and Jerry Hughes. Eleven redshirt freshmen have also seen action.
*The Frogs tied for fourth nationally last season in their number of freshmen (21) played. Sixteen were redshirt freshmen with five true freshmen. PATTERSON MILESTONES
*Gary Patterson is the only head coach in TCU history with three 10-win seasons (2002, 2003 and 2005).
*With a .714 winning percentage (45-18), Patterson is 16th among active coaches in Divis'on I-A. He has taken part in half of the eight 10-win campaigns in TCU¹s history. He was defensive coordinator during a 10-2 campaign in 2000.
*Prior to Patterson's arrival, the only 10-win seasons at TCU were recorded in the 1930s. Francis A. Schmidt led the Horned Frogs to 10-0-1 and 10-1-1 marks, respectively, in 1932 and 1933. Dutch Meyer then guided TCU to its national championship seasons in 1935 (12-1) and 1938 (11-0). HE'S HERE TO STAY
*At a Nov. 22, 2005 news conference, TCU athletics director Danny Morrison announced that football coach Gary Patterson agreed to a contract extension through the 2012 season.

AN EXPERIENCED STAFF
*TCU returned its entire coaching staff from the 2005 season.
*The Frogs are one of just four teams (N.C. State, Oklahoma, Temple) in Division I-A to have all 10 of their coaches play Division I football. Eight members of the TCU staff competed on the Division I-A level with two in I-AA.

WHER TO FIND THE TCU ASSISTANTS
*Press Box: Mike Schultz (offensive coordinator/running backs), Dick Winder (quarterbacks), Tony Tademy (linebackers) and Chad Glasgow (safeties).
*Field: Dick Bumpas (defensive coordinator/defensive line), Charles McMillian (cornerbacks), Jarrett Anderson (wide receivers), Dan Sharp (tight ends/special teams) and Eddie Williamson (assistant head coach/offensive line).

CLOSE CALLS
*Dating back to the 2003 campaign, 18 of TCU's last 38 games have been decided by seven points or less. The Frogs are 15-3 in those contests, including 5-0 last year.

THE IRONMAN
*Offensive tackle Herb Taylor's 38 consecutive starts, representing every TCU game over the last four seasons, is tied for the fifth-longest current streak in Division I-A.

MASSEY REGAINS YEAR
*TCU wide receiver Donald Massey has been granted a medical redshirt after playing in just two games as a true freshman in 2004. He is now a sophomore in eligibility.

BONUS FOOTBALL
*TCU is 5-4 since the NCAA adopted overtime play in 1996.

A SPECIAL BACKFIELD
*TCU's trio of Aaron Brown, Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill have been ranked by The Sporting News as the fourth-best backfield in the nation.
*Merrill (2,771 yards) and Hobbs (2,406) rank sixth and ninth, respectively, on TCU's career rushing list. Merrill needs just 13 yards to move past Basil Mitchell (2,783 yards, 1994-98) into fifth place.
*Merrill has led TCU in rushing in each of the last three seasons.
*Brown, Hobbs and Merrill also make the Frogs one of just 13 teams in Division I-A to have three players with 100-yard rushing games on their resume.

THE CENTURY MARK
*Tailbacks Lonta Hobbs and Robert Merrill are tied for seventh in TCU history with 10 100-yard rushing games. They sit one behind 1955 Heisman Trophy runner-up Jim Swink who had 11 100-yard efforts.
*TCU is 8-2 when Merrill rushes for at least 100 yards and 7-3 when Hobbs reaches the milestone. The Frogs are 3-0 when Brown hits the century mark.
*Merrill and Hobbs have reached 100 yards in the same game on one occasion, a 62-55 win at Houston in 2003. Merrill ran for a career-high 204 yards on 22 carries, while Hobbs added 102 yards on 22 attempts.

A SPECIAL FROG
*Former TCU tailback and current National Football League star LaDainian Tomlinson was named to CBS SportsLine.com's All-Decade Team. He was joined in the All-Decade backfield by former USC standouts Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.
*The Web site wrote of Tomlinson, Before he started running wild with the San Diego Chargers, Tomlinson was an excellent college player at TCU.
*Tomlinson rushed for a combined 4,008 yards in his final two years of college, including 2,158 as a senior. He ran for an NCAA single-game record 406 yards versus UTEP in 1999 and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back in 2000. Tomlinson, who has earned his TCU degree, had his No. 5 jersey honored by the Frogs last season.

OFFENSIVE BREAKTHROUGHS
*TCU's 50 touchdowns in 2005 set a new single-season school record. The previous mark was 49 in 2000. With 48 touchdowns in 2004, the Frogs have recorded their top three single-season touchdown totals in school history over the last six years with Mike Schultz as offensive coordinator.
*During that same period, TCU has had three of its top four single-season point totals. TCU's 398 points in 2005 represented the second-best mark in school history, trailing only the 410 in 2000.

THE TURNOVER STORY
*The Frogs are +3 in turnover margin this season with four takeaways and just one giveaway.
*TCU led the nation last season in turnover margin (1.75, +21), interceptions (26) and takeaways (40).

VERSATILE FROGS
*The TCU defensive line features five former high school running backs: Tommy Blake, Jerry Hughes, Cody Moore, Jared Retkofsky and Jarrarcea Williams.

OUTRIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS
*The 2005 campaign saw TCU capture its first outright conference title since 1958.
*The Horned Frogs have taken part in conference championships in four different leagues over the last 12 years.
*Prior to last season, the five previous conference titles for TCU had been shared. TCU was co-champions of the Southwest Conference in 1959 and 1994, while also sharing a pair of Western Athletic Conference titles (1999, 2000) and a Conference USA championship (2002).

PERFECTION
8With an 8-0 record in its debut season in the Mountain West Conference last year, TCU posted its first undefeated conference record (8-0) since the 1938 national championship team swept through the Southwest Conference.
*The 2005 Frogs were just the fourth team in school history to go through a season undefeated in league play, joining the 1938 and 1932 Southwest Conference squads as well as the 1920 team that was unblemished in the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

HOME OPENERS
*TCU has won five straight home openers and is 5-1 overall in those games under coach Gary Patterson.
*Three of Patterson's six home openers went to overtime with TCU winning twice.

A LOOK BACK
*The 17-7 win at Baylor represented the largest margin of victory in a TCU season opener since 2001. In each of the previous four debut contests, the game was decided by seven points or less.
*Baylor was TCU's first intrastate season opener since the 1979 campaign, when the Frogs faced SMU.

NFL DRAFT PICKS FROM MWC TEAMS
*TCU 163, San Diego State 133, BYU 131, Utah 123, Colorado State 93, Wyoming 75, New Mexico 59, UNLV 40, Air Force 7.

WIN-LOSS UPDATES
*After just three winning seasons in 13 years (1985-97), TCU has won over 70 percent of its games (70-29, .707) since the start of the 1998 campaign when head coach Gary Patterson arrived on campus.
*TCU has an all-time record of 529-502-57 (.512) in its football history which began in 1896.

THE GRADUATE
*TCU starting tight end Chad Andrus is a graduate student this fall.

FINDING THE SCOREBOARD
*At 166 games, TCU currently has the seventh-longest streak in the nation for not being shut out. The Frogs haven¹t been blanked since a 32-0 defeat at Texas on Nov. 16, 1991.

QUARTERBACK U
*Five of the top-six career completion percentage leaders for TCU have played in the last five seasons:
1. Jeff Ballard - 61.1 (2004-06)
2. Sean Stilley - 57.9 (1999-02)
3. Brandon Hassell - 56.7 (2003-04)
4. Casey Printers - 56.1 (1999-01)
5. Max Knake - 55.8 (1992-95)
6. Tye Gunn - 55.0 (2002-05)

FAMILIAR NUMBERS
*Aaron Brown is wearing the same jersey number (23) as former TCU standout Jim Swink, a consensus All-America selection and the runner-up for the 1955 Heisman Trophy.

ROCK STAR/COACH?
*During the offseason, TCU coach and guitarist/singer Gary Patterson will perform all genres of music in local concerts. In one setting for children, he did a memorable rendition of Old McDonald had a farm.
*Patterson has 9,200 songs downloaded into his iPod.

TV DARLINGS
*TCU played in a nationally-televised season opener for the sixth straight season:
2001 - Nebraska 21, TCU 7 (ABC)
2002 - Cincinnati 36, TCU 29 (OT, ESPN)
2003 - TCU 38, Tulane 35 (ESPN)
2004 - TCU 48, Northwestern 45 (2 OT, ESPN2)
2005 - TCU 17, Oklahoma 10 (ABC)
2006 - TCU 17, Baylor 7 (FSN)

FROGS AND THE NFL
*In Gary Patterson¹s five-year tenure as head coach, TCU has had 14 players drafted with a total of 25 in NFL camps.
*Seven players from last year¹s Frog team were in NFL camps: Cory Rodgers (WR, fourth-round draft pick, Green Bay), Michael Toudouze OT, fifth-round draft pick, Indianapolis), Drew Coleman (CB, sixth-round draft pick, New York Jets), Quincy Butler (CB, free-agent, Dallas), Tye Gunn (QB, free-agent, Chicago), Jeremy Modkins (S, free-agent, Green Bay), defensive tackle Ranorris Ray (DT, free-agent, Dallas)
*Six other former Horned Frogs are currently active in the NFL: Anthony Alabi (OT, Miami), Robert Pollard (DE, Seattle), Aaron Schobel (DE, Buffalo), Bo Schobel (DE, Indianapolis), Matt Schobel (TE, Philadelphia), LaDainian Tomlinson (RB, San Diego) and Ryan Tucker (OL, Cleveland).

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
*The Frogs have been the nation's top-ranked defense twice in coach Gary Patterson's eight years on the TCU campus. Overall, the Frogs have been in the top five in the nation in total defense three times in Patterson's tenure.

TCU AND THE HEISMAN
*In 1938, quarterback Davey O'Brien became the first player from TCU and the Southwest Conference to capture the Heisman Trophy. O'Brien's legacy continues to this day as his name dons the trophy awarded each year to the most outstanding quarterback in the country.
*In the 70-year history of the Heisman Trophy, five Frogs (O'Brien; Sammy Baugh, 4th - 1936; Jim Swink, 2nd - 1955; Kenneth Davis, 5th - 1984; LaDainian Tomlinson, 4th - 2000) have finished in the top five in voting.

TCU AMONG STORIED PROGRAMS
*TCU was ranked 39th in Street & Smith's listing of the 50 Greatest College Football Programs of All Time.
*Selections were based on the following: national championships, undefeated seasons, major bowl wins, major bowl appearances, conference championships, overall won-loss percentage, graduation rate, All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, No. 1 overall NFL draft picks, NCAA infractions and mascot ferocity.
*The Horned Frogs have produced two national championship teams (1935, 1938), a Heisman Trophy winner (Davey O'Brien, 1938) and four others to finish in the top five in voting (Sammy Baugh, 4th - 1936; Jim Swink, 2nd - 1955; Kenneth Davis, 5th - 1984; LaDainian Tomlinson, 4th - 2000).
*TCU has posted four 10-win campaigns in the past six years and advanced to seven bowl games in the last eight seasons.

BAUGH HAS NUMBER RETIRED
*Former TCU signal caller Sammy Baugh, named by Geico last year as college football's greatest quarterback, had his Sweetwater High School jersey No. 21 retired on Sept. 8. The ceremony took place during the Sweetwater-Brownwood game at the annual TSTC West Texas Sammy Baugh Classic.
*Baugh already had jersey numbers retired by TCU (45) and the Washington Redskins (33).

 

 


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