Spring depth chart breakdown: TCU

Over the next two weeks, we're analyzing depth charts of every team in the Big 12 coming out of spring camp. We continue the series below with TCU. The Horned Frogs did release an official post-spring depth chart last week.

OFFENSE (projected starters in bold)

QB: Trevone Boykin (Sr.), Bram Kohlhausen (Sr.), Foster Sawyer (RFr.)

Boykin underwent minor surgery to repair a fracture in his non-throwing wrist this spring, which created opportunities for TCU's inexperienced backups to make progress. Kohlhausen is ahead for now after getting some mop-up duty last season, but Gary Patterson needs a No. 2 he can trust.

RB: Aaron Green (Sr.), Kyle Hicks (So.) or Trevorris Johnson (So.)

Green closed out 2014 in impressive fashion, but TCU considers all three of these backs starter-quality options. Johnson's workload should increase, and redshirt freshman Shaun Nixon could contribute when he gets healthy.

WR: Kolby Listenbee (Sr.), Emanuel Porter (So.)

WR: Josh Doctson (Sr.), Ja'Juan Story (Sr.)

WR: Deante' Gray (Sr.), Desmon White (So.)

WR: Ty Slanina (Jr.), Cameron Echols-Luper (Jr.)

TE: Buck Jones (Jr.), Dominic Merka (Sr.)

Listenbee got to shine this spring while Doctson and Gray were sidelined by injuries. TCU has big expectations for him this year. Porter and White showed promise as freshmen, and Echols-Luper tried playing cornerback this spring. takes over the blocking duties at tight end for Cliff Murphy.

LT: Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Sr.), Aviante Collins (Sr.)

LG: Jamelle Naff (Sr.), Bobby Thompson (Sr.)

C: Joey Hunt (Sr.), Austin Schlottman (So.)

RG: Brady Foltz (Sr.), Patrick Morris (So.), Frank Kee (Jr.)

RT: Joseph Noteboom (So.), Matt Pryor (So.)

The Horned Frogs return four starters from their Big 12 title line. Noteboom, a third-year sophomore, stepped up to replace Tayo Fabuluje at right tackle. The depth chart didn't change much this spring up along this line. The Frogs know what they're working with up front.


DE: Josh Carraway (Jr.) or James McFarland (Sr.), L.J. Collier (RFr.)

DT: Chris Bradley (So.), Tevin Lawson (Jr.), Casey McDermott Vai (RFr.)

DT: Davion Pierson (Sr.), Aaron Curry (Jr.)

DE: Terrell Lathan (Sr.) or Mike Tuaua (Sr.), Bryson Henderson (So.)

The most important battle took place at defensive tackle, where Bradley emerged as the frontrunner to take over for Chucky Hunter. Lawson and Curry, a Nebraska transfer, will keep pushing. As was the case last year, TCU can rotate all four of its ends as needed.

MLB: Mike Freeze (Fr.), Ty Summers (RFr.)

SLB: Sammy Douglas (Jr.), Alec Dunham (Fr.), Paul Whitmill (So.)

Freeze might've been the surprise of the spring for TCU. The true freshman, a three-star recruit, enrolled early and needed fewer than 15 practices to put himself in position to start. Dunham, a fellow true freshman, also cracked the two-deep. Douglas is the favorite for the strong side job as expected.

CB: Ranthony Texada (Jr.), Nick Orr (So.)

CB: Torrance Mosley (So.), Corry O'Meally (Sr.), DeShawn Raymond (Fr.)

FS: Derrick Kindred (Sr.), Nick Orr (So.), Steve Wesley (So.)

SS: Denzel Johnson (Jr.), Travin Howard (So.), George Baltimore (So.)

WS: Kenny Iloka (Sr.) or Ridwan Issahaku (RFr.)

Patterson has to replace three starters from this unit, and the competition at weak side safety isn't over. Iloka and Issahaku will keep that battle going into fall camp. Mosley has been tapped to replace Kevin White, and Johnson is taking Sam Carter's spot. There's exciting young talent in the two-deep, highlighted by Howard, Orr and Raymond.