The next two weeks, we'll be analyzing the projected depth charts for every Big 12 team coming out of the spring.
We start this series with the TCU Horned Frogs, which released an official depth chart following spring ball:
OFFENSE (projected starters in bold)
Despite an up-and-down junior season that at one point saw him get benched, Hill remains the starter. But Robinson was one of the biggest storylines for TCU this spring, winning the backup job after just a few weeks on campus. His arm strength and athleticism turned heads.
One of the changes with Sonny Cumbie taking over as offensive coordinator is that Hicks could see his workload increase; he received more than 20 carries only twice last season. Hicks is also one of the top receiving backs in the country, coming off a 47-reception season.
WR (H): Desmond White (Sr.), KaVontae Turpin (Jr.)
WR (Z): Josh Diarse (Sr.), Emanuel Porter (Sr.)
Gary Patterson has been challenging this group in the offseason to deliver a No. 1 option for Hill and eliminate the drops that plagued the Horned Frogs last season. Nixon is back in the lineup after missing last year with injury. The Horned Frogs missed his reliability out of the slot. Turpin's return to graces will also be critical. Patterson removed him from the team for most of spring ball for academic and off-the-field reasons, but Turpin has the capacity to be a game-changer. Don't be surprised if incoming freshman Jalen Reagor wins a starting job when he arrives -- or if he eventually becomes that go-to option Patterson has been longing for.
C: Patrick Morris (Sr.), Austin Scholttmann (Sr.)
Interestingly, 2016 second-team All-Big 12 center Scholttmann was listed as a backup after missing spring with an injury. Barring surprise, he should return to being a starter by the fall. That would allow Morris to swing back to guard. Noteboom has 26 career starts, tied for second most in the Big 12.
DEFENSE (projected starters in bold)
With Josh Carraway and James McFarland gone, end is the biggest question mark on the defense. The Horned Frogs really need second-year players Chambers and Bowen to emerge off the edge. Collier and Blacklock winning starting jobs inside out of the spring was a bit of a surprise, but Broadnax and Bradley will rotate in.
Howard and Summers form the best linebacking duo in the Big 12. A first-team All-Big 12 selection last year, Howard topped the league with 130 tackles. The Horned Frogs have considered bumping Summers to end to bolster the group there. For now, he's still Howard's wingman on the inside. Wilson and Douglas are experienced upperclassman backups. This is a terrific group.
The Horned Frogs should challenge for the title of best secondary in the Big 12. Texada, now more than a year-and-a-half removed from knee surgery, is a true No. 1 corner. Lewis and Gladney give TCU two more reliable corners. Orr and Small are versatile, All-Big 12 caliber safeties. Issahku is still the projected starter at strong safety, but Gaines could challenge for that spot. He was one of the stars of TCU's spring game.