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Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 TCU Horned Frogs

Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 TCU Horned Frogs

TCU went 11-3 last year, surprising a lot of people with its runner-up finish and trip to the Big 12 championship game. But that team is mostly gone.

Nineteen Horned Frogs graduated from the Big 12 title game two-deep, including 13 on offense. Chief among that group was quarterback Kenny Hill, who evened out nicely his senior year. Three starting offensive linemen, three receivers, two tight ends and running back Kyle Hicks also depart.

TCU is ranked No. 18 in our Way-Too-Early Top 25 heading into spring practice, but with so many talented, experienced players gone, coach Gary Patterson will have to rely on promising QB Shawn Robinson and the Frogs’ usual fearsome, under-sized defense to create havoc. An early test against Ohio State (Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in  Arlington, Texas) might reveal whether TCU has made the progress to make another push for the conference title.

Here is a spring primer for the 2018 season: 

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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