2012 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Antoine Hicks-WR, Jonathan Jones-WR, Logan Brock-TE, Jeff Olson-OT, Kyle Dooley-OG, Robert Deck-OT, Ross Evans-K
DEFENSE: Braylon Broughton-DE, Tank Carder-MLB, Kris Gardner-SLB, Greg McCoy-CB, Tekerrein Cuba-WS, Johnny Fobbs-FS, Anson Kelton-P
QB Casey Pachall
Offensive Backfield / Defensive Line

Young Casey Pachall was able to aptly step in at quarterback for four-year starter Andy Dalton. What was a question mark is now a guiding light that will enable TCU to stay competitive. Running backs Ed Wesley, Matthew Tucker and Waymon James ran for more than 2,100 yards this season. Stansly Maponga leads a defensive line that will be rich with depth and experience.

Offensive Line / Secondary / Kickers

Without question, the offensive line will be an area this off-season that has many job openings for new candidates. The Horned Frogs allowed more than 220 passing yards per game this season and three-fulltime starters need replaced. Both a new punter and kicker is needed.

DE Stansly Maponga
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2012 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Casey Pachall-Jr Matt Brown-So
RB Ed Wesley-Sr Matthew Tucker-Sr / Waymon James-Jr
WR Josh Boyce-Jr Cam White-So
WR Brandon Carter-So ..
WR Skye Dawson-Sr David Porter-So
TE Corey Fuller-Sr ..
OT .. ..
OG .. ..
C James Fry-Sr Eric Tausch-Jr
OG Blaize Foltz-Sr ..
OT Ty Horn-Jr ..
K .. ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Stansly Maponga-Jr Jon Koontz-Jr
NT David Johnson-So Ray Burns-Jr / Chuck Hunter-So
DT D.J. Yendrey-Sr Jon Lewis-So
DE Ross Forrest-Sr ..
MLB Deryck Gildon-So ..
SLB Kenny Cain-Sr Tanner Brock-Jr (inj.)
CB Kevin White-So ..
CB Jason Verrett-Jr Travaras Battle-Jr
SS Devin Johnson-Sr Trent Thomas-Jr / Sam Carter-So
WS Jonathan Anderson-So ..
FS Elisha Olabode-Jr ..
P .. ..
  • Standing at 6'5, Casey Pachall will prove to be another smart and physical Andy Dalton...and that places TCU right in the smack of every newly formed Big 12 title discussion. His 473-yard, five-touchdown performance in the upset of Boise State clinched the program's third consecutive Mountain West title.
  • Make no mistake; Gary Patterson teams are run first oriented. With a returning three-headed monster of Wesley, Tucker and James combining for more than 2,100 yards in this 2011 backfield, expect nothing less.
  • The top two pass catchers are back. Josh Boyce and Sky Dawson will be difficult to cover. They are the playmakers every conference champion requires.
  • Where does Coach Patterson find these defensive ends? Stansly Maponga is the next great TCU pass rusher after posting nine sacks on the year. He is a force that demands a lot of attention.
  • This linebacker duo will be quite formidable despite losing former All-American Tank Carder. Once the team leading tackler from 2010, Tanner Brock, heals from an injured foot that caused him to miss all of the 2011 season, this front seven on defense will soar.
  • This five back defensive scheme employed by TCU as the base formation fits extremely well in the pass-happy Big 12 where nickel backs have taken over the formations.
  • The Horned Frogs allowed more than 220 passing yards per game this season, which was better only than New Mexico (1-11) and UNLV (2-10) in the Mountain West Conference. This will not work in the Big 12, not even close.
  • The Horned Frogs can win the Big 12 title next year without question. All they need to show is that they can rebuild the offensive line.


non-conference opponents

09/08 - Grambling State
09/22 - Virginia
09/29 - at SMU