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  09/13/21 - Zach EvansSo/2024, Texas Christian, 5-10, 195 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zach Evans, TCU, RB, So.,...Evans set a career-high with 190 yards rushing, becoming the first Horned Frog to eclipse 190 yards or more since Sewo Olonilua's 194 yards in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl. He scored on a 51-yard touchdown run just before the end of the first half, which changed the momentum of the game and helped TCU erase a pair of 12-point deficits to pull out the 34-32 win over California. The sophomore had a rushing touchdown for the fourth straight game, the first TCU player to do so since Olonilua's four straight in 2019. Evans also had a 14-yard reception giving him 200-plus all-purpose yards on the afternoon. - Big 12 Football

(DS#5 RB) So/2024 RB Zach EvansTexas Christian
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  09/11/21 - Max DugganJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-2, 201 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Quentin Johnston caught two of Max Duggan's three TD passes, with the go-ahead score coming on a nifty catch-and-run as TCU beat California 34-32 on Saturday to remain undefeated against Pac-12 teams under coach Gary Patterson. Johnston put the Horned Frogs (2-0) ahead to stay with the 45-yard TD catch with 9:53 left, when he twisted around one defender who fell down near the 30 and then shed the attempted tackle by another inside the 10. Johnston finished with five catches for 95 yards. "I think I speak for the whole team when I say this ... we were very excited when he caught it," said running back Zach Evans. "I try to make that my main threat, getting yards after catch, just a lot of people think I'm 6-4, just a tall lanky receiver, getting the ball and go straight down," Johnston said. "But I try to prove that I can do more than that." Evans ran for 183 yards on 22 carries, with a 51-yard TD just before halftime for the Horned Frogs (2-0).

Duggan completed 17 of 31 passes for 234 yards and added 71 yards rushing on 19 carries with a 9-yard keeper for a TD with 5:47 left for a 34-26 lead. Chase Garbers threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns for Cal (0-2). He had 235 yards passing in the first half, with 199 of that coming on only four plays (49, 54, 28 and 68 yards). After starting 0-3 in their pandemic-shorted 1-3 season last year, the Bears have 0-2 starts in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1994 and 1995. "Ultimately as a defense, we didn't play well enough to win," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. "We're a few plays away from playing pretty good football." Cal led 19-7 after Garbers threw a 7-yard TD to Nikko Remigio. That was a play after a 68-yard catch by Trevon Clark, whose only other catch was a 54-yard TD. - Texas Christian/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) Jr/2023 QB Max DugganTexas Christian
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  09/05/21 - Max DugganJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-2, 201 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Max Duggan threw for a touchdown and was one of four TCU players with a rushing score as the Horned Frogs routed lower-division Duquesne 45-3 in an opener shortened in the second half Saturday night. The coaches agreed to play 12-minute quarters after halftime with the Horned Frogs leading 35-0 in their first meeting with the FCS school. TCU improved to 19-2 in home openers under coach Gary Patterson. "We're really, really thin in our depth," Duquesne coach Jerry Schmitt said. "I was personally concerned because at our level, our backup guys are walk-on Division III-type players. To put some of them in to protect some of the skill guys... I appreciate Gary doing that." It was TCU's first non-conference game since 2019 after COVID-19 issues scrapped the only game outside Big 12 play last season along with a bowl appearance.

Duggan, who didn't play in the second half, finished a 90-yard drive on the opening possession with an 8-yard run. His 16-yard pass to J.D. Spielman finished the first-half scoring. The junior and third-year starter was 14 of 19 for 207 yards. "It was good for us to get started fast and stay on them," Duggan said. "We didn't want to play sloppy and make errors. Obviously my mistake of the interception, I've got to get that fixed. Other than that, it was a good half." - TCU/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) Jr/2023 QB Max DugganTexas Christian
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  09/01/21 - Zach EvansSo/2024, Texas Christian, 5-10, 195 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  TCU running back Zach Evans will likely be on the bench when the offense takes the field to start the 2021 season against Duquesne on Saturday night. Coach Gary Patterson said Evans is not expected to play the first two offensive series of the game after violating team policy. Patterson did not expand on what rule(s) Evans broke. Patterson said Evans has handled himself well since arriving on campus last year as the program's highest-rated recruit, earning a 3.75 GPA his first year and being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. But rules are rules. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#5 RB) So/2024 RB Zach EvansTexas Christian
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  08/22/21 - Max DugganJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-2, 201 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Just about 12 months ago, Max Duggan was facing the possibility that the season and maybe his career was over. It started with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and ended with a heart procedure, Duggan recounted recently. Now he's preparing for his third season as TCU's starting quarterback. "It was crazy," Duggan said, recalling the positive COVID test in 2020. "When they started doing all these heart treatments, they found out I had this heart abnormality and it had nothing to do with COVID. I've had it since I was a baby. "That was the thing. I had to go through a heart procedure. I didn't know if I would play football again and started asking more questions."

He called his parents, Jim and Deb Duggan in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It was an athletic family. His father had been a college quarterback and successful high school coach. His mother had been a standout college hurdler. They told their son it was about doing what was best for him and staying healthy and not putting his life at risk. And he and his parents talked to doctors about the effect of the condition, for now and for essentially the rest of his life. "I had no idea what to think," Duggan said. "My first thought was is this is going to affect my present in football. Is it going to affect me when I'm 50 years old and I can't do anything? It was scary at first thought." - Dallas Morning News


(DS#19 QB) Jr/2023 QB Max DugganTexas Christian
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  TCU cornerback Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson is generating some preseason hype this week. Tomlinson landed on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was named a second-team preseason All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The Lott Trophy goes to the nation's top defensive player in terms of his impact on and off the field, while Walter Camp is the nation's oldest college football All-America team. Tomlinson finished his sophomore season with 13 pass breakups, which led the Big 12 and were second nationally. TCU hasn't had a Lott Trophy winner since Jerry Hughes won the honor in 2009. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#14 CB) Jr/2023 CB TreVius Hodges-TomlinsonTexas Christian
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  05/22/21 - Zach EvansSo/2024, Texas Christian, 5-10, 195 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  Evans is the highest-rated recruit in TCU football history and is beginning to make a name for himself. After sitting out during parts of preseason practice due to exposures, Evans struggled to learn the playbook. He has since improved and at the end of the season was beginning to play like the star fans thought he would be, rushing for over 100 yards in two of the last three games. Evans finished the season with an average of 7.7 yards per carry (team-best). - Dallas Morning News

(DS#5 RB) So/2024 RB Zach EvansTexas Christian
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  05/19/21 - Taye BarberSr/2022, Texas Christian, 5-09, 185 (DS#51 WR) + More +

  Taye Barber has been a consistent player for TCU over the past three years. During his career, he has recorded 92 receptions for 993 yards and four touchdowns. In 2020, he was the go-to guy for Duggan with 31 receptions (team-high) and was awarded 2020 Honorable Mention All-Big 12. Barber is sure to continue his impact downfield in the 2021 season. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#51 WR) Sr/2022 WR Taye BarberTexas Christian
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  TCU linebacker Dylan Jordan is entering the NCAA transfer portal. Jordan announced the news on his social media account Monday. Jordan is the second scholarship defensive player to enter the portal, joining former safety Atanza Vongor. Vongor recently committed to Colorado. Jordan, a sophomore, was a backup middle linebacker behind Dee Winters last season. He played primarily on special teams, registering one tackle on the season. He appeared in all 10 games for the Frogs. Jordan, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 197 pounds, likely would have had a similar role this season with Winters returning from a breakout season. Jamoi Hodge and Wyatt Harris are the top candidates to start opposite of Winters. The Frogs also just added another high-profile player to the linebacker corps in Texas A&M transfer Shadrach Banks. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Dylan JordanTexas Christian
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  TCU football won the sweepstakes for Texas A&M transfer Shadrach Banks this weekend. Banks announced Saturday that he'd be joining TCU. Banks is joining the program with intentions of transitioning from wide receiver to linebacker, a source confirmed. Banks, a four-star prospect in the 2021 class out of Houston North Shore, entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal after less than a semester on A&M's campus. Banks worked with the wide receivers in his short time with the Aggies, but will play linebacker for the Frogs. TCU saw its top linebacker and leading tackler Garret Wallow depart this offseason. Wallow was drafted by the Houston Texans a couple weeks ago. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#999 OLB) Fr/2025 OLB Shadrach BanksTexas Christian
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  05/12/21 - Derius DavisSr/2022, Texas Christian, 5-09, 168 (DS#114 WR) + More +

  Davis was already a breakout candidate in 2020 and will continue to do damage in 2021. The junior had three touchdowns recorded on the season -- one receiving and two returns. Davis stepped in as the primary returner after JD Spielman was benched due to injury but with his success, could keep the starting role in 2021. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#114 WR) Sr/2022 WR Derius DavisTexas Christian
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  TCU is known for its outstanding defense, specifically in pass coverage. The 2020 team totaled 44 pass breakups and eight interceptions. Tre'Vius Hodges Tomlinson led the team with 13 breakups and C.J. Ceasar II led the team with three interceptions. They are both on the roster in 2021. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#14 CB) Jr/2023 CB TreVius Hodges-TomlinsonTexas Christian
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  Ar'Darius Washington has never had ideal size at 5-foot-8, 178 pounds, but that didn't stop him from becoming a playmaker in TCU's secondary. Most expected that NFL teams would relish his elite-level instincts, too, with a few mock drafts projecting him as a third-round talent. However, Washington ranked among the biggest surprises to go undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft. He never heard his named called this weekend. That reality has forced Washington to go the undrafted free-agent route. Washington reached a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to TCU football's Twitter account. The news was announced after the draft concluded Saturday. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#24 CB) rSo/2021 CB *ArDarius WashingtonTexas Christian
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  Oklahoma has released Chandler Morris from his national letter of intent. Finally. OU coach Lincoln Riley informed Morris on Friday that OU would release Morris from his NLI, a source confirmed. OU had refused to release Morris from his NLI much of this offseason, creating a stir nationally. Riley talked about his belief that student athletes should not be able to transfer within conference without consequence. Those comments came before the Big 12 agreed to waive its intraconference rules requiring players to sit out one season earlier this week. The NCAA also adopted rules that will allow student athletes the opportunity to transfer one time without penalty. OU and Riley relented after the new policies were announced. Morris is expected to compete for the backup job behind starting quarterback Max Duggan this season. - Fort Worth Star

(DS#999 QB) So/2024 QB Chandler MorrisTexas Christian
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  04/12/21 - Steve AvilarJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-3, 314 (DS#12 C) + More +

  TCU coach Gary Patterson offered big-time praise for center Steve Avila this week. "I think Steve Avila is going to be one of the best centers in the country, if not the best," Patterson said. "He's a really good player. He's 330 pounds and can really move side to side. I've been very impressed with him [this spring]." Avila is coming off a standout sophomore season in which he showed his versatility. He started nine games at three different positions (six at center, two at right tackle and one at right guard) and held his own. Avila was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, which is given to the nation's top center every year, and was named honorable mention All-Big 12. It hasn't been an easy road for Avila, though.

Avila stepped on campus having never snapped the ball as a four-star prospect out of South Grand Prairie. He played left tackle in high school and spent his redshirt freshman season at TCU playing tackle on the scout team in 2018. Then he moved inside, playing guard and center, in 2019. He was the team's backup center for the 2019 season before moving into a starting role in 2020. Asked about his transition from tackle to center last season, Avila said: "I really had to learn how to snap the ball. I never snapped the ball until I got here. It was a learning process. I messed up a lot, but I learned a lot as well. That's how I got to where I am today." - Fort Worth Star


(DS#12 C) rJr/2023 C Steve AvilaTexas Christian
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