TCU Preview: Offense

TCU Preview: Offense

LonghornDigest.com takes a look at what TCU brings to the table offensively.

Statistically, TCU has one of the worst offenses in the Big 12. But that's a lot like being the poorest guy at a millionaire convention. The Horned Frogs are averaging 31.5 points and 411.5 yards per game, despite losing multiple offensive threats, including star quarterback Casey Pachall.

But if anyone expected the Horned Frogs to fall off a cliff offensively, they were sorely disappointed. TCU has scored at least 39 points in three of their past five games, and while they were held down by Kansas State (10) and Oklahoma State (14), the explosive potential exists. The Horned Frogs run a ton of one-back spread, and they're capable of putting points on the board in a hurry.

A big part of that has been the near-seamless transition by redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin (6-2 215), more of a dual-threat type. And make no mistake: Boykin can both run and pass. His 267 rushing yards make him TCU's third-leading rusher, and he's twice hit the four-touchdown mark this year through the air. Boykin passed for 332 yards against Texas Tech, and has 16 combined passing and rushing touchdowns to eight interceptions.

His rushing punch helps, as TCU hasn't exactly been dynamite on the ground this year. Matthew Tucker (6-1 227) is the bigger back and he's slated to get the start against Texas. He has 410 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He's a tremendous short-yardage back, rushing for 30 touchdowns in his TCU career. B.J. Catalon (5-9 185) actually leads the team in rushing with 445 yards, but has yet to find the end zone as a runner.

Josh Boyce (6-0 203) is one of the Big 12's top receivers. He has 56 catches for 756 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Brandon Carter (5-11 161) is a big-play threat with almost 500 yards receiving and another five scores. Skye Dawson (5-9 183) is one of the Big 12's fastest players. He has 30 catches for 427 yards and a touchdown. Ladarius Brown (6-4 220) is one of the league's more imposing physical specimens, and has 300 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

The TCU offensive line hasn't been great. The Horned Frogs average just 3.9 yards per carry, and have allowed 22 sacks on the season. The best of the bunch is probably either center James Fry (6-3 305) or powerhouse right guard Blaize Foltz (6-4 310). Foltz bench presses 580 pounds and squats 800. Both tackles are new starters this year, with BYU transfer Tayo Fabuluje (6-7 315) manning the left and true freshman Aviante Collins (6-6 310) on the right. Left guard Eric Tausch (6-3 300) is a utility player of sorts, having booked starts at three different line positions.

Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (6-3 182) is a Lou Groza semifinalist, but he's fallen on hard times of late, making just two of his last six field goal attempts. Dawson is a dangerous kick and punt returner because of his speed.

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