We continue our series of camp previews for select non-AQ schools.
Opening camp: TCU
Schedule: Practice starts today.
What’s new: Not much, really. Not when you return 16 starters off a 12-1 team that made it to the Fiesta Bowl. Expectations will be higher than ever in Forth Worth, with the hopes that TCU can not only bust the BCS again, but perhaps become the first non-AQ school to get into a national title game.
Key battle: Defensive end. Replacing Jerry Hughes is not going to be easy, and three players left spring ball in the mix: Ross Forrest, Braylon Broughton and senior Clarence Leatch. Broughton went into the spring listed as No. 1 but got banged up, leaving Forrest atop the depth chart, at least for now. Forrest got hurt in the season opener last year and missed the rest of the season. Broughton started playing football in high school. Leatch is a career backup.
New on the scene: Aundre Dean. The former Parade All-American tailback transferred from UCLA and sat out last season per NCAA rules. Dean switched to safety in the spring but is back in the backfield.
Breaking out: LB Tanner Brock. He has the tough task of replacing Daryl Washington, but Brock proved his worth last season, picking up second-team Freshman All-America honors. His helmet-less block on a Jeremy Kerley punt return for a TD against SMU is the stuff of YouTube legend.
Don’t forget about: CB Jason Teague. Slated to replace first-team All-MWC player Nick Sanders, Teague has the size (6-2, 197) and the ability to help fill the big shoes he has to replace.
All eyes on: Quarterback Andy Dalton. The unquestioned leader of the Horned Frogs spearheads an offense that returns nine starters, along with increased expectations after a BCS berth last season. Can the team be as hungry as it was last season?
Quoting: "I could stand up here and tell you we'd like to be 12-0, but I would tell you that's what I would have said the last nine years. Those goals have not changed. For us, it's going to be business as usual." TCU coach Gary Patterson.