South Dakota State vs. TCU Preview

It's important that Horned Frogs receiver KaVontae Turpin and new QB Kenny Hill get on the same page quickly. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi
It’s important that Horned Frogs receiver KaVontae Turpin and new QB Kenny Hill get on the same page quickly and build rapport. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Darius Williams

Game Info
South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. #13 TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday – September 3 – 7:00 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Ft. Worth – Texas

The fanfare is a little different this time than it was when TCU new starting quarterback Kenny Hill prepared for his last season opener. He was the cocky red shirt freshman who was to lead the Texas A&M Aggies into the post Johnny Manziel Era down in College Station. An impressive showing in a victory over a ranked South Carolina team was good enough in the eyes of Hill to decide to give himself the moniker of Kenny ‘Trill’ Hill. An attempt to draw attention to himself nationally in hopes to immolate the brash style that he witnessed from Manziel for two years. That plan eventually backfired. Lackluster play and leadership issues became evident and he eventually was granted a transfer the following spring and Fort Worth became his new college home.

Sitting out a year and watching up close last season the wonderful play former Horned Frog quarterback Trevone Boykin may have benefited Hill in his preparation to resurrect his career and image. A great way of doing would be to have a repeat performance this Saturday in the season opener against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. It will be an early season test for the Frogs as South Dakota enters Saturday’s game as the #8 ranked team in FCS. They return 15 starters from a team that went 8-4 last season. Wide receiver Jake Wieneke set a Missouri Valley Conference record last season with 1,472 yards receiving. He also saw the end zone eleven times. A young and inexperienced TCU secondary will be tested early and often by him.

Coach Gary Patterson’s #13 ranked Horned Frogs returns 13 starters from a team that went 11-2 in 2015 and was victorious in a thrilling Alamo Bowl game against Oregon. Without a proven outside threat without the departure of receiver Josh Doctson to the NFL, look for Hill to use sophomore KaVontae Turpin often in the passing game. He should also be help with the return of receiver Deante Gray, who sat out 2015 recovering from a knee injury. Gray hauled in eight touchdown catches in 2014.

Defensively the Frogs will see the return of four starters who missed a majority of last season due to injuries. Linebacker Ty Summers has looked great in since the spring practices and all coaches are expecting a huge season from him. Defensive end James Mcfarland’s return should provide a solid pass rush this Saturday, something that was missing last season with his absence.

Prediction: TCU 33 – South Dakota State 14