The TCU depth chart can now begin to take shape with National Signing Day over and spring practice approaching.
The Horned Frogs’ defense has some holes to fill, but that lineup probably won’t have many surprises. On offense, TCU has much more to replace after losing 10 starters from its depth chart for the Alamo Bowl.
Quarterback will draw the most attention, but the Frogs also need young players to step up at receiver and on the offensive line. The 2017 TCU offense was extremely efficient after returning essentially the same starting lineup from a year before. The 2018 group will have far more turnover, and could take some time to find its rhythm.
Let’s take a look at what the offensive depth chart could look like for TCU in 2018. Things seem to be more fluid on this side of the ball, so expect this to change by the end of spring practice.
- Shawn Robinson, sophomore
- Grayson Muehlstein, senior OR Justin Rogers, freshman
The TCU offensive coaching staff spent the 2017 season grooming Shawn Robinson to be the quarterback of the future. He played limited snaps throughout the season and won his only start on the road against Texas Tech while Kenny Hill dealt with a reported concussion. He’s a dynamic runner and has the arm strength to let the Frogs throw the ball downfield more often in 2018. His accuracy will be where he needs to improve the most.
Justin Rogers is TCU’s highest-ranked recruit in the Gary Patterson era, and enrolled last month. Coming off a major knee injury, it’s possible he could redshirt this season. Senior Grayson Muehlstein would probably be the backup in that case. If Rogers is healthy enough to fully participate in practice this summer, however, things could change. He is talented enough to win the backup job immediately, and he could possibly see the field if Robinson is sidelined for any reason.
- Darius Anderson, junior
- Sewo Olonilua, junior
- Kenedy Snell, sophomore OR Fabian Franklin, freshman
Darius Anderson established himself as the Frogs’ No. 1 option at running back before an injury ended his season in November. He will be a focal point of the TCU offense in 2018. Sewo Olonilua began the 2017 season as a role player in goal-line and short-yardage situations, but he became a bigger part of the offense as the year transpired. That should continue next season.
Kenedy Snell gives the Frogs a smaller change-of-pace back who can also flex out to receiver. Four-star signee Fabian Franklin can be a battering ram who may be used to eat up clock late in games.
Wide Receiver – X
- Omar Manning, redshirt freshman
- Tevailance Hunt, freshman
This is the biggest question mark for the TCU receiving corps. The Frogs need a reliable possession receiver with the departure of John Diarse.
Omar Manning has some incredible high school highlights, but injuries kept him off the field as a freshman. Tevailance Hunt is the No. 1 receiver in the Frogs’ incoming recruiting class. Both will be asked to provide consistency that can complement the explosiveness of Jalen Reagor on the outside.
Wide Receiver – H
- KaVontae Turpin, senior
- Jarrison Stewart, senior
KaVontae Turpin remains TCU’s most dynamic weapon on offense. Robinson’s arm strength should allow Turpin to stretch the field vertically more often, while also creating more space for him get yards after the catch on screens and short passes. Jarrison Stewart provides quality depth at this position, and Snell could see some snaps here as well.
Wide Receiver – Y
- Dylan Thomas, junior
- Taye Barber, freshman OR Derius Davis, freshman
The TCU offensive staff clearly likes Dylan Thomas and has tried to get him involved in the offensive game plan more over the past two seasons. Freshmen Taye Barber and Derius Davis could both push him for playing time. Barber is already on campus as an early enrollee. TCU’s coaches love to put young receivers on the field early if they have speed, and Davis and Barber both have plenty.
Wide Receiver – Z
- Jalen Reagor, sophomore
- Jaelan Austin, senior
Jalen Reagor asserted himself as a star last year, earning Big 12 co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors and leading TCU in receiving yards (576) and touchdowns (8). He enters 2018 as the Frogs’ unquestioned No. 1 receiver. Jaelan Austin provides another reliable target, and he could start on the other side if Manning and Hunt need more time to develop.
- Pro Wells, junior
- Artayvious Lynn, sophomore
TCU utilized their tight ends more often last year because of their move to a more run-heavy approach. The position probably still won’t be featured heavily in the passing game, but junior college transfer Pro Wells will have an opportunity to get a lot of snaps right away with the departures of seniors Cole Hunt and Charlie Reid. Artayvious Lynn, listed at 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, has potential because of his size.
- Anthony McKinney, junior
- Austin Myers, sophomore
The offensive line is where TCU has the most turnover in 2018. Four-star JUCO tackle Anthony McKinney has a chance to claim the starting left tackle spot quickly. Former 4-star recruit Austin Myers could compete for this spot as well.
- Cordel Iwuagwu, junior
- Trey Elliott, senior
Cordel Iwuagwu started every game for TCU in 2017 and has the ability to play either guard position. He is one of the few certainties on the TCU offensive line in 2018. Trey Elliott provides depth and experience.
- Wes Harris, redshirt freshman
- Kelton Hollins, sophomore
A former 4-star recruit, Wes Harris was taking reps with the first-team offense in spring practices last year before being sidelined by injuries. He has the versatility to play center or guard, and should start at one of those positions in 2018. Kelton Hollins was TCU’s backup center in 2017.
- Quazzel White, redshirt freshman
- Chris Gaynor, senior
Matt Pryor started at right guard for most of the past three years and leaves a significant void to fill. Harris could possibly slide over and start here. If TCU wants him at center, however, Quazzel White and former JUCO transfer Chris Gaynor make the most sense.
- Lucas Niang, junior
- David Bolisomi, junior
Lucas Niang was TCU’s No. 1 right tackle for most of the year. If he has developed enough, he possibly could move over to left tackle and let McKinney start on the right side. Bolisomi spent most of the 2017 season as a backup and seems to be in line for a similar role next season.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Cordel Iwuagwu would be a sophomore in 2018. He will be a junior.