The question everyone wants to know is how good will TCU’s receiving corps be without Josh Doctson?
The good news is the Horned Frogs got a small taste of what life without Doctson is like, as he would miss the final three games of the 2015 season with a wrist injury. In those three games TCU managed a 2-1 record including a 47-41 win over Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, which the Horned Frogs overcame being down 31-0 at halftime. Needless to say, even without Doctson TCU has a lot of firepower.
Both Ty Slanina and Deante’ Gray are two starters that will be returning from injury. Slanina suffered a broken collar bone week four against Texas Tech last year. Gray missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury. Slanina and Gray will be the most experienced receivers on the team.
With Gray sidelined, true freshman KaVontae Turpin exploded onto the scene. Turpin quickly became a big time playmaker. Against Texas, Turpin set a Big 12 freshman record with four touchdowns. Fantastic speed and the ability to make people miss makes Turpin to be a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Jaelan Austin saw playing time in 12 games as a true freshman and had 10 catches for 137 yards. Austin is currently listed as one of the Horned Frogs starting receivers for the 2016 season. It should be interesting to see how he adjusts to his new role as a full time starter. Playing in all but one game last season should ease the transition.
Gray, Slanina, Turpin, and Austin are the starters but expect Emanuel Porter and LSU transfer John Diarse to play key roles as well. Porter will need to step up and be the big man that TCU needs at receiver. With Doctson gone, the Horned Frogs slightly lack in height. Porter in the tallest receiver on TCU’s roster at 6’4” and could be the best option as a deep threat.
Diarse comes to TCU with plenty of experience. Playing in every game in 2014 and 2015, Diarse should make an immediate impact for the Horned Frogs offense.
Final grade for TCU’s receivers is an A-. The Horned Frogs have plenty of playmakers that can turn a little into a lot. However they still don’t have a guaranteed threat deep.
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