OPPOSING COACH'S TAKE
They get so much mileage out of guys most people have never heard of. That's how they recruit. They're great at seeing what a guy could be instead of what a guy is. Ty Summers was a QB in high school, and now he morphed into an All--Big 12 linebacker.... On offense, you can see [coordinator] Sonny Cumbie's personality no matter who is at quarterback, but he'll make adjustments to play to his guy's strengths. Sophomore SHAWN ROBINSON looked like he's a better runner than the guys they have had in the past, so they may shift the offense so that it's better suited to him.... They're still really fast at receiver, and they know how to utilize that; they'll always try to attack people deep. The guy who scares me the most is KaVontae Turpin. He's good as a receiver, but he's a nightmare returning kicks. He's tiny [5'9" and 157 pounds] but strong.... The quality of their talent fluctuates but their coaching is so good, you never count them out. Coach Gary Patterson gets the most out of his players but he also makes quick adjustments in a game. And he's as good at getting inside the head of the opposing offensive coordinator as anybody you'll ever see.
BY THE NUMBERS
Percentage of snaps that Sonny Cumbie used for rushing plays in his first year as offensive coordinator, the most at TCU since 2012.
Percentage of opponents' possessions that resulted in scores against TCU's red zone defense, the second-worst mark in the country.
The most reliable Big 12 program outside Norman will challenge for the title if Shawn Robinson is ready to lead the aggressive offense.
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The biggest news of TCU's offseason came via Instagram. "Oh, you thought this was good?" defensive end BEN BANOGU posted after his breakout junior year ended with a win over Stanford in the Alamo Bowl. "Just wait for the sequel. #SrSzn". A 6'4", 249-pound edge rusher, Banogu was named the Big 12's Defensive Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Louisiana-Monroe and finishing second in the conference with 8½ sacks. He could have gone on the first day of the NFL draft but chose to return. Banogu will take on a larger leadership role this season to help a young D-line that needs to step up for TCU to reach a second straight Big 12 title game.
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