TCU Football Looking to Continue Success

Photo Courtesy: Kent Gilley
Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs look to improve on their 2015 campaign. Might even creep into the College Football Playoffs, why not? Photo Courtesy: Kent Gilley

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The TCU football program is coming off an incredible 2015 season where they finished with an 11-2 overall record, including 7-2 in Big 12 play, and winning the Alamo Bowl. They finished 2015 ranked seventh in the nation, marking their fifth top-10 in the past eight years.

Head Coach Gary Patterson and his team is focused on the upcoming season.

“For us, every year we go back to the beginning, kind of like our pyramid,” he said. “As a head coach, I have a lot more energy and I am more excited about this season going into it than I was a year ago.”

One of the biggest concerns this off-season for TCU has been who will be the starting quarterback this season. Patterson has not made his decision on who will start, but the competition between Foster Sawyer and Kenny Hill has been improving.

“I thought they improved this spring,” he said. “Whoever makes the offense better and who can lead them and make less mistakes, will go into it.”

It’s unclear when a decision will be made on who will be the starter.

Defensive End Josh Carraway will be playing his final year in 2016. Carraway is the Big 12’s only returning first-team all-conference defensive selection, and he’s very eager on this coming season.

“I am ready to see what this new TCU team looks like,” he said. “We got a lot of young players, we got a lot of explosive guys.”

The returning senior led TCU last year with nine sacks, 47 tackles including 11 and a half tackles for a loss, and three fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown.

Carraway did explain that there’s always competition in TCU football and everyone has to compete for their spot on the roster no matter how great they were the previous year.

“Nobody’s safe, not even me,” he said. “Even I could lose my spot, so every day I got to bring my game.”

TCU will take on South Dakota State for their home opener on September 3.