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I don't know much about the TCU team we play to open up the season. Does anyone know what they return on offense and defense? Or anything we should know about TCU going into this game?
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
Casey Pachall is back...sucks for us...he's very good...
QB- Pachall is back after going to rehab for alcohol(along with cocaine use), but he is very good and has a cannon. His sophomore stats topped Andy Dalton's senior year, which says enough in itself. In other words, he's damn good.
RB- Starting RB Waymon James is back after tearing his ACL. He is a short, stout back that is also a passing threat. Along with transfer Aaron Green from Nebraska(former 4-5*) and BJ Catalon III, TCU has a pretty nice stable of backs.
WR- TCU lost their go to guy, Josh Boyce, to the NFL, but they return everybody else and then some. They have two transfers that should see significant time in Ju'juan Story out of Florida and some guy from Wyoming. Other than that, they return some talent in junior Brandon Carter(very similar to Odell) and redshirt sophomore LaDarius Brown. All in all, I would give LSU the slight edge, but TCU has some talent that should give LSU's inexperienced secondary some trouble.
OL- TCU returns 3 starters, but one thing to point out is that their tackles struggle significantly with talented pass rushers.
D-line- TCU returns the Big 12 defensive player of the year Devonte Fields(who will be a true sophomore), and they will most likely start former West Monroe standout James McFarland opposite of him. In the middle, they have two 310+ guys in Chuck Hunter(also from WM) and David Pierson, who are mostly run-stopping threats.
linebacker- This is the big question for their defense. They lost their stud Kenny Cain, and now their is talk of moving two hybrid safety's to linebacker. Either way, TCU is inexperienced to say the least at linebacker. They will definitely have trouble with LSU's run game.
Secondary- For those who don't know, TCU plays a 4-2-5. They play a linebacker/safety hybrid who is usually the playmaker of the defense, but they also have a stud corner in Jason Verrett who had around 7 picks last year. Overall, the secondary has some weak spots, but they can also make some big plays. It will be interesting to see how much Cam Cameron tests them early in the game, or if he will instead pressure the inexperienced linebackers.
K- Thought I'd note that TCU's kicker Jaden Oberkrom has an unreal leg. He hit multiple 50 yarders with ease this past season as a true freshman, and he also made some kicks in clutch situations. If I had to pick, I would definitely take hime over Hairston.
Just thought I'd share a brief rundown of TCU. I think that LSU has more talent on both sides of the ball, but this game is definitely no cakewalk for the Tigers. With Pachall back at the helm, anything is possible and if TCU's offense comes out firing, this one could be a shooting match.
If anyone has any other specific questions about TCU's team feel free to PM me, I'd be happy to answer them.
Great information and thanks for sharing! My only question would be what don't you know about TCU? Lol
Wow.. +1 man, thank you so much.. Great, informative post.
I go to TCU but grew up as an LSU fan in Louisiana. I have to say as much as I am looking forward to this game, it is hard pulling for one team over another.
Dude, solid post.
"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." - Former LSU Coach and AD Paul Dietzel
Isn't David Jenkins a starting cb with Vernett?
Big questions for me are how the kicking game and special teams play compare?
If we get improved performances on the LSU O-line, we'll run, run and throw.
First game of the year in a great setting, LSU needs to win.this one.
I think Kevin White is the other starting corner.
connor, thanks for sharing. TCU has done a good job of recruiting LA. And I know their coach is a defensive guru and has done a nice job there. I'm glad they're in the Big 12 (the old SWC) which is where they belong, imo.
For now Kevin White is the starting cb opposite Verrett, but David Jenkins is the 3rd guy and he will definitely play against the tigers. As for Boykin, he is a run threat but is nowhere near the QB Pachall is. Boykin will probably see 5-10 snaps at QB during the game, but Pachall has already taken over the starting role during spring practice.
If Miles retires or something.. I would hope LSU goes after Gary Patterson.
Once again, great stuff
Are they real fired up about the Louisiana DL they have in Chucky Hunter, Terrell Lathan, James McFarland and Tevin Lawson?
TCU will probably be preseason top 10 and ranked a notch or two above LSU. I look at that as a positive. When we beat them by 10+ that will help our poll rankings much like the Oregon win 2 years ago and Alabama beating an overrated Michigan last year.
What scares me is defense is usually ahead of the offense early in the season and TCU knows how to bring it.
Sonny, people here are definitely excited about the Louisiana d-lineman that TCU has/ have been bringing in. I have talked to Chuck recently and he told me that he is very fired up about this game, as he still has a lot of ties to the LSU program. I know he is still very close to Mingo and he went through the process with many current LSU players, so to say he will be ready to play would be an understatement. TCU has started to establish a small pipeline into Louisiana, and even though they are not necessarily getting the first-tier guys, the players right under that caliber are still capable of excelling in the right environment, and this is where Gary Patterson specializes. Players like Andy Dalton(2*), Jerry Hughes(2*), and Kenny Cain(3*) have made the TCU program successful as of late, and now that Patterson has been consistently raising the bar on the recruiting trail, it should start to show on the field. Looking at the current roster, guys like Devonte Fields and Pachall are great examples of what Patterson can do with highly touted players. Back to the Louisiana kids, if TCU can continually get a few guys every year that LSU passes on, they will be successfully recruiting Louisiana.
When i look back at LSU openers with national interest, Miles teams have been well prepared.
This is a huge opener for both teams. LSU ending with a loss to Clemson won't be looking to pick up an opening loss.
Good stuff bud and thanks for the feedback.....
TCU has gotten some good players out of Louisiana on the defensive side of the ball and I'm sure that will be a storyline when they meet in week 1.
Another Lousiana kid on the roster is Antonine? And Jenkins from Jena transferred to TCU from LSU. 2013 will be another good year to pick up some under the radar Louisiana talent as LSU won't have room for all of them.
Looking at TCU in 2013, a lot depends on the readiness of Pachall who is as big as Rivers, a Senior now, and who can really throw the football.
Normally, you would say LSU has a big advantage in putting pressure on the QB which will help the DB's in a game like this. This year, however, may be a different story as the young DL is thrown into the fire from the get go.
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