- Head Coach: Gary Patterson
- O-Coordinator: Jarrett Anderson/Justin Fuente
- D-Coordinator: Dick Bumpas
- Offensive: Ed Wesley (RB- Junior)
- Defensive: Tank Carder (LB- Senior)
Overview: Since arriving at the campus of Texas Christian University back in 2000, head coach Gary Patterson has worked his magic for the Horned Frogs program. Under the leadership of Patterson, the Horned Frogs have enjoyed seven seasons of 10 or more victories. Out of those seasons, the Horned Frogs have finished in the Top 11 of the Coaches/AP Final poll four times. In 2010, the Horned Frogs capped off their first perfect season since winning the national championship all the way back in 1938(finished 2nd in the Final Coaches/AP Poll).
It is certainly going to be tough to replace the production and leadership of four year starting quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton was an extremely efficient in 2010, completing 60% or better of his passes in 9 of the Horned Frogs 13 contests. Dalton finished the 2010 campaign with 2,857 passing yards and 33 total touchdowns (27 passing, 6 rushing). Under the leadership of Dalton, the Horned Frogs scored 41.6 points per game last season, good for fourth in the nation.
The Horned Frogs outgained their opponents in total yards by a staggering 3,221 yards in 2010 (6,191 to 2,970). It will be up to sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall to fill the shoes of the ultra productive Dalton this season. Although Pachall has limited experience (just 9 attempts in 2010), the Horned Frogs coaching staff feel confident that he can transition into the offense rather seamlessly.
The Horned Frogs return two standout players at the skilled positions in 2011. Junior running back Ed Wesley leads a potent ground attack that averaged better than 5 yard per carry in 2010 (5.36). In total, the Horned Frogs rushed for 3,208 yards and 41 touchdowns last season. With Dalton gone, look for the offense to focus more on the rushing attack early on. Look for junior Matthew Tucker and sophomore Waymon James to compliment Wesley in the backfield. The two combined 1,222 rushing yards and 12 scores in 2010. Sophomore Josh Boyce led the Horned Frogs last season with nearly 50 receiving yards per game (49.7). He will likely be asked to increase his production this year with the absence of Jeremy Kerley and Jimmy Young.
Talk about stingy, that’s exactly what the Horned Frogs defense has been the last five seasons. Since 2006, the Horned Frogs have allowed a total of 872 points to their opponents. That equates to around 13 points per game allowed (13.4). In 2010, the Horned Frogs held their opponents to a meager 3.31 yards per carry and intercepted more passes (12) than passing touchdowns allowed (10). Defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas returns four starters from last season’s stellar unit, including standout linebackers Tanner Brock and Tank Carder. The two combined for 167 tackles (96 solo) in 2010, including 15 tackles for loss. The Horned Frogs do lose depth in the secondary with the departure of standout free safety Tejay Johnson. The Horned Frogs led the nation in pass defense in 2010.
TCU Horned Frogs 2011 Schedule
Sept 2 @ Baylor
Sept 10 @ Air Force
Sept 17 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Sept 24 vs. Portland State
Oct 1 vs. Southern Methodist
Oct 8 @ San Diego St.
Oct 22 vs. New Mexico
Oct 28 vs. BYU
Nov 5 @ Wyoming
Nov 12 Boise State
Nov 19 vs. Colorado State
Dec 3 vs. UNLV
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