Takes two to tango: TCU wide receivers need to step up for Kenny Hill to succeed
Heading into the 2017-2018 season, TCU football faces an old question: who’s going to catch the ball?
Head Coach Gary Patterson has said there a few candidates on the roster with potential, including returning receivers and incoming freshman. But after last season, returning players have a lot to prove.
QBs w/ the most dropped passes in 2016— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) February 7, 2017
38 Kenny Hill TCU
36 Troy Williams Utah
34 Matt Linehan ID
34 Riley Ferguson MEM
33 Lamar Jackson UL pic.twitter.com/UDO3iJwlWC
“I think Emanuel Porter has had a good camp, Jaelan Austin has as well, and we have three freshmen coming in who have a chance to be those guys,” Patterson said. ” Taj Williams has the potential to be better at the position, and Shaun Nixon can play some wide out for us like before he got hurt.”
Porter had just 15 catches last year. Williams started his TCU career with a bang, catching 11 passes against South Dakota State in the season opener, but he only recorded 28 catches in his last 12 games. He didn’t catch a single pass in the 31-23 loss to Georgia in the Liberty Bowl.
Nixon is coming off an injury, and next season’s seniors Ty Slanina, John Diarse, and Desmond White combined to haul in just four touchdowns between the three of them.
Austin, who tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches, could take a step forward, and the three freshmen who Patterson referenced, Jalen Reagor, Omar Manning, and Kennedy Snell, could contribute immediately. Read More