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It's a Big 12 attack, all right. Problem is, the Frogs have to stop Big 12 attacks too

Key Recruit

DEVONTE FIELDS The relentless defensive end from Arlington, Texas, has his work cut out for him as a true freshman playing behind Stansly Maponga and Ross Forrest. But Fields has the size (6'4", 240 pounds) and speed to make an early impact.

Breakout Player

BRANDON CARTER Effective in spurts (57 yards and one TD against SMU, 120 and two against Boise State) last season, the sophomore slot receiver is set to take the next step this year. With defenses keying on Boyce, Carter should be able to shimmy free for big gains.

The Skinny

WIDE RECEIVER Josh Boyce and quarterback Casey Pachall are fellow Texans and former high school opponents. They roomed together as redshirt freshmen and worked on routes after practice. Last Nov. 12, against unbeaten Boise State, all that work paid off when Pachall-to-Boyce produced five catches for 163 yards and three TDs in the Frogs' 36--35 upset. This year's version of Pachall-to-Boyce will be an upgrade on last year's, but TCU's schedule will also be taking a leap. "We're very excited about what we can do," Boyce says of TCU's entry into the Big 12. "We're finally in a conference where, if we win out, people will have nothing to say about us." TCU is not entering the Big 12 expecting to be a mid-major in transition.

Final Analysis

YES, THE linebacking corps is mostly decimated, and only one starting defensive back is returning—junior Jason Verrett—but defensive end Stansly Maponga is a two-year starter who led the Frogs with 13½ tackles for loss, nine sacks and five forced fumbles in 2011, and longtime safeties coach Chad Glasgow is back after a one-year stint as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator. Plus, the offense is the real deal. Pachall's 2,921 yards in 2011 was a school record, and TCU has its top four receivers and top four rushers back. It's enough to win some shootouts and compete in the country's highest-scoring conference.


Coach Gary Patterson (12th year)

109--30 (68--18 MWC)

2011 Record 11--2 (7--0, 1st in MWC)

Final AP Rank 14

Returning Starters Offense 5, Defense 5

2011 STATS

Total Offense (FBS Rank) 440.2 YPG (28)

Rushing Offense 208.6 YPG (19)

Passing Offense 231.6 YPG (63)

Total Defense 347.4 YPG (32)

Rushing Defense 123.8 YPG (25)

Passing Defense 223.6 YPG (60)


Victories that coach Gary Patterson needs to become the Horned Frogs' alltime wins leader. He has 109 in 11 years in Fort Worth.



QB Casey Pachall

Jr. 6'5", 216 pounds

2,921 YDs, 25 TDs, 7 INTs

WR Josh Boyce

Jr. 6'0", 203 pounds

61 RECs, 998 YDs, 9 TDs

RB Waymon James

Jr. 5'8", 203 pounds

121 rushes, 875 YDs, 6 TDs


DE Stansly Maponga

Jr. 6'2", 265 pounds

55 tackles, 9 sacks

LB Kenny Cain

Sr. 6'1", 210 pounds

72 tackles, 1 sack

CB Jason Verrett

Jr. 5'10", 180 pounds

58 tackles, 1 INT

Special Teams

PK Jaden Oberkrom

Fr. 6'3", 170 pounds

60-yd FG in 2011



Maponga will be one of the most disruptive defensive ends in college football; he will need to be.



Boyce, who needs three TDs to set TCU's alltime mark, and Pachall are as well-connected a pair as there is in the game.