The Texas Christian Horned Frogs entered this season with a Scotch Tape defense to begin with, and it has only gotten more complicated from there. On top of losing starting linebacker Sammy Douglas for the season due to injury, head coach Gary Patterson recently announced that freshman linebacker Josh Freeze would be away from the program due to an “indefinite leave of absence.”
Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News reported the news on Freeze.
Though TCU managed to defeat Minnesota in last week’s season opener despite an underwhelming offensive performance, losing both Douglas and Freeze means the defense will have to play that much harder to support the strong offense. Douglas and Freeze’s absence means that freshmen Ty Summers and Montel Wilson will have to replace them at linebacker, and their inexperience is a great cause for concern.
Moreover, Patterson was not shy about criticizing his team’s weaknesses during the offseason, and he wants to get to the College Football Playoff badly after the Big 12’s lack of a championship game basically kept both TCU and Baylor out of the Top 4 last year.
TCU’s next game comes at home against a much easier opponent in FCS program Stephen F. Austin and the team should dominate that contest on Saturday, but the look of the defense going forward is something that will need to be addressed as the schedule gets tougher.
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