Season Report Card: TCU
Here’s why TCU had a difficult time in 2013, and how it received some unflattering grades on its final report card:
Too many turnovers kill your chances of winning, and that was exactly the case for TCU, as it coughed up the ball a whopping 30 times in 2013—good for 114th in the country. Casey Pachall never looked the same under center, battling injury and post-rehab, while dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin regressed as a passer and was converted to a wide receiver midway through the season. The Frogs’ offense never found any sort of swagger or rhythm, scoring 20.9 points per game in conference play and ranking in the lower tier of every major offensive stat category compared to the rest of the NCAA.
TCU held its own against stiff competition in spite of its lacking offense due to a solid defensive product. While it could have been better—and it probably would have if the offense didn’t turn the ball over so often—it still finished as a top-3 unit in the Big 12. The Frogs had arguably the best secondary in the conference, led by Big 12 co-defensive player of the year in corner Jason Verrett. The front seven was strong, but would have benefited greatly from a healthy Devonte Fields—the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
It didn’t help that his quarterback never returned to form and that his best defensive player was injured, but Gary Patterson was expected to lead this talented roster to a BCS appearance—and at the very least, a bowl game. But he accomplished neither, and while he is no way, shape or form anywhere close to the hot seat, he leaves many scratching their head after starting just 11-14 (6-12) in his first two years as a member of the Big 12. Still, Patterson is one of the better coaches in today's game (and one of the greatest defensive minds in the last decade) and I expect him to justify himself by rebounding in 2014.
I was very confident that TCU would win at least 10 games this season, and would have laughed in your face had you told me it wouldn’t even sniff a bowl game. It’s pretty disappointing to think that the Frogs had the talent but couldn’t put it together—but this is something they’ll just have to throw into the fire and forget about.
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