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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#12 CB) Jr/2023 CB TreVius Hodges-TomlinsonTexas Christian
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  05/22/21 - Zach EvansSo/2024, Texas Christian, 5-10, 195 (DS#3 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#3 RB) So/2024 RB Zach EvansTexas Christian
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  05/19/21 - Taye BarberSr/2022, Texas Christian, 5-09, 185 (DS#44 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#44 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#88 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#88 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#12 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#10 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#10 C) rJr/2023 C Steve AvilaTexas Christian
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  04/10/21 - Max DugganJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-2, 201 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  TCU football isn't going to have a quarterback controversy this offseason. As far as who's starting at least. We've already written at-length about the Chandler Morris situation with Oklahoma and its coach Lincoln Riley. But Max Duggan is QB1 for TCU. He's the unquestioned leader as coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday. "He's fantastic," Patterson said. "He is the leader over there. He and the offensive line have a great relationship and that's another key ingredient you look at with how they get along. They have a great relationship. He lives with a couple of them and that always helps with everything." What remains unknown is the strides Duggan has taken in the passing game.

Accuracy issues were apparent throughout his true freshman season in 2019 when he completed just 53.4% of his passes. Duggan improved in 2020, completing 60.8% of his passes, but was limited much of the spring and fall due to a previously unknown heart condition discovered through advanced COVID-19 tests. Duggan finished the season completing 146 of 240 passes for 1,795 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also had 526 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Patterson said he felt Duggan threw the "deep ball" well in the fall, but reiterated his longtime stance that quarterbacks are judged on Saturdays. "It depends on the day, like any quarterback," Patterson said. "At the end of the day, you only get evaluated by the success of it." - Fort Worth Star


(DS#13 QB) Jr/2023 QB Max DugganTexas Christian
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  04/05/21 - Max DugganJr/2023, Texas Christian, 6-2, 201 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Junior Max Duggan has put together two impressive seasons at TCU. Taking over as QB1 his freshman year and continuing his leadership on the team in 2020 as a sophomore, Duggan has the potential to take the next step during his junior year. The thing that is intriguing about Duggan is not only his ability to see the field, but his legs. He is fast and doesn't let defenders pull him down easily. He led the team in rushing yards (713 gained, 526 net) and the next closest to him was Darwin Barlow with 444 (428 net). We could see some serious improvement from Duggan too with former TCU quarterback Kenny Hill moving into the role of quarterbacks coach. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#13 QB) Jr/2023 QB Max DugganTexas Christian
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  Van Zandt was a big-play guy in 2020. He recorded both of his interceptions in the first two games the Frogs won on the season. He created momentum when there was none, and TCU used his interceptions as momentum shifters in victories over Baylor and a ranked Texas team. TCU is losing its two best safeties to the 2020 NFL draft, and Van Zandt might be the perfect guy to step into one of the roles. He showed he at least deserves a look based on the opportunities he received last season. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#9 SS) rSr/2022 SS LaKendrick Van ZandtTexas Christian
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  04/01/21 - Obinna EzerSr/2022, Texas Christian, 6-7, 315 (DS#10 OT) + More +

  Obinna Eze is a graduate transfer from Memphis where he started every game the last two seasons. Eze was a highly recruited four-star prospect with offers to Alabma, Auburn and Florida, and it's safe to say that Eze is a big guy, standing at 6-8, 315 pounds. In 2020, the TCU offensive line allowed quarterback Max Duggan to be sacked 23 times, and Eze might just be the answer to the problem. If Eze can stop opposing rushers from getting into the backfield, Duggan will have more time to throw the ball downfield. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#10 OT) rSr/2022 OT Obinna EzeTexas Christian
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  03/27/21 - Derius DavisSr/2022, Texas Christian, 5-09, 168 (DS#88 WR) + More +

  Derius Davis exploded in 2020 and stepped into the role of the Frogs' go-to punt returner after Nebraska transfer J.D. Spielman suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Davis finished the season with 218 punt return yards and an average of 14.53 yards per return and two touchdowns. The speedster, who ran the fifth fastest 400m time in the nation in high school while at West Feliciana, has a punt return touchdown in two of his three years at TCU - with the other coming his freshman year. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Davis is already a standout for the 2021 season after the start of spring practice. Davis finished the season with the third most receiving yards for the Frogs with 209 behind Quentin Johnston and Taye Barber. - Dallas Morning News

(DS#88 WR) Sr/2022 WR Derius DavisTexas Christian
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