Strong and weak: TCU Horned Frogs

TCU linebacker Travin Howard topped the Big 12 with 130 tackles last season. John Rivera/Icon Sportswire

The last week, we've been examining the strongest and weakest positions on each Big 12 team heading into summer workouts and preseason camp.

We continue the series with the TCU Horned Frogs:

Strongest position: Linebacker

In Travin Howard and Ty Summers, the Horned Frogs boast one of the best linebacker duos in the country.

Howard topped the league with 130 tackles last season before becoming a first-team All-Big 12 selection. Summers was a second-team pick after finishing with 121 tackles, second in the league only to Howard.

Behind them, TCU has a pair of experienced and capable backups in Sammy Douglas and Montrel Wilson. That's one reason why the Horned Frogs have kicked around the idea of bumping Summers to defensive end. For now, he remains at linebacker, giving TCU the best group there in the league.

Weakest position: Defensive end

With longtime defensive end linchpins Josh Carraway and James McFarland gone, the Horned Frogs are in transition on the edge of their defensive line.

Coming out of spring ball, senior Mat Boesen and junior Ben Banogu won starting jobs. But for the Horned Frogs to measure up defensively up front, they'll need talented underclassmen Isaiah Chambers and Brandon Bowen to break out, whether as starters or backups. Adding a playmaker like Summers to the unit would help, as well.

To a lesser degree, TCU is rebuilding on the inside of the defensive line, as well. So how the group up front comes together and performs overall will go a long way in determining just how good this TCU defense can be.