TCU canceled its spring game this year due to a long list of injuries, so we caught up with Drew Davison to learn more. TCU expert and sports reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Davison ran down what we can expect from the team this year. He hit on things like what we can expect from the O-line and the who might end up as starting QB. See how the QB hopefuls rank on our rankings page, and check out more from Davison on Twitter @drewdavison.
Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2018 version?
The offense should be improved simply by more consistent quarterback play. Shawn Robinson flashed early in the season, but battled injuries and inconsistency. TCU ended up playing four QBs during the season, and the QB room is better now with incoming transfers such as Alex Delton (K-State) and Matthew Baldwin (Ohio State). Also Justin Rogers is getting healthier and Max Duggan is a promising prospect. Outside of QB play, the offense has playmakers in Jalen Reagor, a likely first-round NFL pick in 2020, and running backs Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua. The O-line should be better off, too, with more experience.
What do you expect from the QB position in 2019?
It’s hard to imagine the QB position being worse off than 2018 when TCU battled injuries and inexperience in the position. Alex Delton is likely the odds-on favorite to win the job, but he’ll be pushed by incoming freshman Max Duggan and Justin Rogers. Matthew Baldwin recently announced intentions to transfer to TCU, and the former Ohio State quarterback is seeking a waiver for immediate eligibility. If Baldwin receives it, he’ll be a strong contender.
How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?
Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua are two seniors who have been productive in their careers. They will see the majority of snaps at RB, assuming each stays healthy. But the Frogs do have a couple highly-rated RB prospects coming in with Darwin Barlow and Daimarqua Foster. Each of those could push for carries, although expect to see Anderson/Olonilua the majority of the time.
How does the offensive line compare to the 2018 group?
Last year’s O-line didn’t have the experience of the 2017 O-line, but that isn’t the case this year. Lucas Niang has been a staple at right tackle, and has NFL potential. Cordel Iwuagwu was a staple, too, but battled injuries. Iwuagwu will be back. Anthony McKinney is on NFL radars, and the hope is he takes another step in his second year with the program. Overall, this year’s O-line should be vastly improved compared to last season.
What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE's?
Bet on Jalen Reagor being the Frogs’ leading receiver. He topped the 1,000-yard mark last season, and should do so again. This is a guy who is projected to be a first-round pick. Outside of Reagor, Taye Barber is a promising player going into his second season and John Stephens Jr. should take another step. TCU doesn’t rely too heavily on tight end, so don’t expect big numbers from that position.
For our dynasty owners, who are some young players that stand out as future breakout performers?
As stated, the young RBs are special in Barlow and Foster and should be forces as they develop. Barber has a chance to become a special receiver, and so does Stephens Jr.