Sep 08, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) runs for a touchdown during the game against the Grambling State Tigers at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU won 56-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
TCU is coming off of a blowout win over Grambling in week one and this week figures to be their first true test...if you can call it that. TCU played 12 true freshman and doesn't quite have the same look that it was expecting due to some unforeseen issues, but they are still a very solid team and Gary Patterson is going to be a tough individual to coach against in the Big 12.
Pachall is the starter and returns after starting during the 2011 season with Andy Dalton's departure. He has the size and now he has the experience to make the TCU offense go, not that it ever really stopped. In the game against Grambling Pachall was 9 of 9 for 201 yards and a 22.3 yard per completion average. That's efficiency if I've ever seen it. I added Boykin to the discussion because TCU added him to the discussion during week one. Boykin stepped in after the game was well in hand and completed a perfect 8 of 8 for 75 yards. Obviously the offense was far more conservative, but Boykin has a strong grasp of things if he is called upon. In short, Pachall is very good, Boykin can be just as effective. This is a definite strength for the Frogs and with McPherson Kansas native Tyler Matthews entering the picture in the future, things are expected to continue on that track for TCU.
Also, just to take a quick look at where Pachall is coming from, his 2011 totals during his first year as a starter include 2900+ yards and a 66% completion rate. Not bad for a sophomore replacing one of the best in school history. That could prove to be a pretty key transition for the longterm building of the TCU program.
Again you have to list more than the starters when it comes to the TCU running attack because they spread it around during week one. We'll see how much of that continues as the competition heats up, but Garry Patterson showed plenty of willingness to turn things loose with anyone of the above four backs. In fact the true freshman, Catalon, led the team in carries with 13. Catalon finished with 63 yards while James led the team with 69 on just 5 carries. Both Tucker and backup quarterback Trevone Boykin checked in with a better than 11 yard per carry average in the game against Grambling.
The strength of this group is the interior of the offensive line as both the tackles are entering their first year as starters with TCU. Fabuluje does have experience from his time at BYU but after a year on the sidelines due to transfer rules he's starting fresh. Looking across the board you have a group that averages 300+, multiple mentions on varying award watch lists and three, maybe four players that could receive mention on a postseason Big 12 list at some level. It's a good group and they certainly go the job done against Grambling. This will be by far the biggest test to date for the revamped Kansas defensive line. The bad news is that Kansas, while improved, still looks to have some work to do before they might walk up and take it to a group like TCU. Fingers crossed!
TE 86 Corey Fuller 6-6 255 Sr.
87 Griffin Gilbert 6-5 220 Fr.
Neither of these two checked in from a statistical standpoint but Fuller is the experienced vet while Gilbert is the promising future. At this point Fuller will be the guy and it's hard to say how big his role will be as far as actual offensive production, but Gilbert is playing as a true freshman and there is a lot of optimism surrounding his future.
Boyce and Bush had the biggest games in the opener and as has been mentioned, Boyce is going to be an absolute handful. The only other starter to actually record a reception was Brandon Carter with most of the receptions going to Boyce, Bush and members of the backfield. Without question Boyce is the focus, but TCU also has a good mix of styles and personnel groupings that they can put on the field to make life difficult. The Kansas linebackers will be tested in this one if they are forced into a significant pass coverage role.