Tonight when TCU takes the field in Minneapolis, MN, we’ll get our first look at the Horned Frogs revamped defense, sort of. On Tuesday Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson confirmed that two players will be missing from tomorrow evenings game, however he wouldn’t let slip which two players it would be.
“You’ll find out when we get to game time”, Coach Patterson said.
The conspicuous absence of star senior defensive end James McFarland and true freshman corner DeShawn Raymond from the two-deep roster has fueled speculation that they will be the two players missing. If they are the two players being held out, it could be a tough blow for the Frogs defense.
While only starting 6 games for the Horned Frogs last season McFarland was able to lead the team in sacks with 7 and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 12. The last time we saw James McFarland he was hoisting the Defensive MVP trophy from the Chic-fil-A Bowl after TCU’s epic beat down of Ole Miss. He did miss part of the spring and summer workouts recovering from a foot injury which he sustained in the late part of last season.
Raymond was a four-star recruit and the 24th ranked high school cornerback in the country last fall. He graduated from high school last December in order to be on campus for the Spring 2015 semester. Raymond chose the Horned Frogs over SEC West teams Arkansas, Georgia and LSU as well as ACC Champion Florida State and Big 12 rival Oklahoma State.