TCU held its annual spring scrimmage on Saturday, shedding some light on the state of the depth chart as spring practices come to a close this week.
The Horned Frogs have some major pieces to replace on offense after losing 10 senior starters from their bowl game depth chart. Young skill players have impressed coaches. The offensive line is shuffling to find the right starting lineup. And there’s also a quarterback competition going on.
Here’s a projected depth chart for the TCU offense based on how things look coming out of spring practices. We’ll have a defensive depth chart projection later this week.
- Shawn Robinson, sophomore
- Michael Collins, sophomore
- Grayson Muehlstein, senior
Robinson, a former 4-star recruit, ran into more of a competition than expected this spring thanks to Collins, a transfer from Penn. However, Robinson was still the first quarterback on the field in the spring game, and he still gives the Frogs a higher ceiling than Collins because of his athleticism. Gary Patterson also usually leans toward starting a quarterback with more collegiate experience, and Robinson wins in that regard as well.
The wild card in this race is 4-star freshman Justin Rogers. Because of Collins’ emergence, TCU has the opportunity to redshirt Rogers and let him recover fully from the knee injury he suffered in 2017. But if Robinson and Collins struggle, and Rogers is healthy enough, he could get playing time earlier than expected.
- Darius Anderson, junior
- Sewo Olonilua, junior
- Kenedy Snell, sophomore OR Fabian Franklin, freshman
Anderson remains TCU’s best weapon on offense. Olonilua figures to play a bigger role this season than last year, when he was used primarily in short-yardage situations and in the red zone. Snell proved himself to be an explosive playmaker at running back and receiver last year. Franklin is a blue-chip recruit with the talent to play early.
Wide Receiver – X
- Omar Manning, redshirt freshman
- Tevailance Hunt, freshman
- Ni’Jeel Meeking, redshirt freshman
Manning, another former 4-star recruit, was TCU’s offensive scout team MVP in 2017 during a redshirt season. With the departures of John Diarse and Taj Williams, TCU needs him to bring that same level of production to real games.
Hunt is the top receiver in TCU’s 2018 recruiting class. He’ll have to catch up with the rest of the group when he gets on campus in the summer, but has the talent to contribute immediately. Meeking saw snaps in the spring game and has the body (listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds) to be a productive weapon.
Wide Receiver – H
- KaVontae Turpin, senior
- Jarrison Stewart, senior
Turpin is now the veteran of the TCU receiving corps, and he’ll be one of the top targets for whoever is playing quarterback. Stewart is a veteran who provides good depth.
Wide Receiver – Y
- Taye Barber, freshman
- Dylan Thomas, junior
Barber, an early enrollee, has really impressed the coaches in his first few months on campus. He caught a touchdown pass in the spring game and appears to be getting a lot of reps already, which probably will continue into the fall. Thomas offers another solid option with experience.
Wide Receiver – Z
- Jalen Reagor, sophomore
- Jaelan Austin, senior
TCU’s leader in receiving yards and touchdowns last year, Reagor will be the Frogs’ No. 1 receiver in 2018. He embarrassed a few defensive backs during spring practices, and he’ll be doing more of that in the fall. Austin is a consistent receiver who also could be a starter if needed.
- Pro Wells, junior OR Cole Novak, senior
- Artayvious Lynn, sophomore
Wells was one of the only two junior college signees for TCU in the 2018 class, which means the Frogs think they need his depth. TCU doesn’t utilize its tight ends much in the passing game, but he and Novak still should see the field a good bit as blockers. Lynn has the size to make some plays as well.
- Austin Myers, sophomore
- Anthony McKinney, junior
Despite bringing in McKinney, a 4-star JUCO tackle, TCU gave most of its first-team reps to Myers in the spring. If the former 4-star recruit is good enough to let McKinney be a rotation player, that’s good news for the Frogs.
- Cordel Iwuagwu, junior
- Quazzel White, redshirt freshman
Iwuagwu started every game for TCU in 2017. He has one of the guard spots locked down. White should be a solid backup and also could slide over to right guard if the Frogs have some depth issues.
- Wes Harris, redshirt freshman
- Kellton Hollins, sophomore
Harris appears to be the heir apparent at center for TCU with the departures of Patrick Morris and Austin Schlottmann, but he has the ability to play guard as well if needed. Hollins earned the backup center job as a freshman and should hold onto it this year.
- Trey Elliott, senior
- Casey McDermott Vai, senior OR Chris Gaynor, senior
Right guard may be the biggest uncertainty for TCU this season. The Frogs have three seniors who are up for this spot, plus both White and Harris could take snaps here as well. For now, we’ll project Elliott as the winner since he’s the only player in the group with starting experience.
- Lucas Niang, junior
- Austin Myers, sophomore
- David Bolisomi, junior
Niang was solid in his first year as a starter at right tackle. With Myers’ development and the addition of McKinney, it looks like Niang won’t be asked to move to left tackle this season. If Niang gets hurt or has trouble, Myers has the ability to play on the right side as well. Bolisomi got most of the snaps at right tackle in the spring game, but that was because Niang was unavailable.