Football is still a couple of weeks away, but the Horned Frogs have already sustained a significant loss along the defensive line. Reports surfaced Wednesday night that defensive tackle Ross Blacklock suffered an achilles injury at practice and is done for the year.
BREAKING #TCU standout DT Ross Blacklock is expected to be out for the season due to an achilles injury suffered at practice on Tuesday, a source told me. He was the co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. 247 first reported the news.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 16, 2018
Blacklock came to Fort Worth with a lot of hype as a 4-star member of TCU’s 2016 recruiting class. After redshirting his true freshman year, he made a big impact in 2017. He played in all 14 games last season and was named a FWAA Freshman All-American and the Big 12 Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Those are high accolades, but well-earned. He finished the season with 27 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and two sacks on a defense that ranked first in the conference.
Blacklock was expected to start this fall, but if there is a silver lining here, it is that TCU is fairly deep along the defensive line. Redshirt Freshman Terrell Cooper is expected to replace Blacklock, and start alongside defensive tackle Corey Bethley with ends Ben Banogu and LJ Collier on the outside.