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December 11, 2012Quarterback- C+: After taking over for Casey Pachall five games into the season, Trevone Boykin had his ups and downs. The redshirt freshman showed flashes of greatness against Baylor, West Virginia, and Texas, but also had his struggles against OSU, KState, and Oklahoma. It wasn't all on Boykin though as the offensive line didn't give him a ton of time this season.
Running back- B: It is hard to grade this group because of the loss of Waymon James and Matthew Tucker being banged up for a majority of the season, but I was fairly pleased with the way this group ran the ball at the end of the season. I really liked what we saw from B.J. Catalon. He had his fumbling issues early on, but I really liked how he played in the final three games.
Wide Receivers- A: With the loss of Pachall, this group didn't get to shine near as bright as everyone was expecting this season. With that said, they still get an A from me because I know the talent these receivers have. They just didn't get to display it as frequently as we all would have liked.
Offensive Line- C: Like Boykin, this group had its ups and downs all season long. In some games they dominated the line of scrimmage, in others, it wasn't pretty. Getting some players back and an offseason of lifting should improve this group for 2013.
Defensive Line- B+: When the defensive line was completely healthy, they were pretty dang good. The Frogs have one the best defensive end combinations in the country. I was really pleased with how Chucky Hunter clogged the middle as well.
Linebackers- B: I wish I could split the two linebackers up. If we are just talking Kenny Cain, I would give him an A, but you have to factor in the others as well. Hasley showed some positive signs. Mallett wasn't bad. I am glad this group will get Deryck Gildon back in 2013.
Secondary: A+: This is one of the best secondary units I have seen at TCU. Jason Verrett was an absolute beast all season long. Carter, Olabode, and Hackett were all very solid. Olabode finished the regular season with four interceptions. Kevin White was shaky at times but I thought he played better near the end of the season.
Special Teams: B: I wanted to give this group a B+ but I can't. There were too many miscues fielding punt returns and Oberkrom lost his confidence and started missing kicks left and right. Ethan Perry had a nice season punting the ball. The special teams came up with a big blocked FG in the West Virginia game, but there were still too many mistakes for me to give them a B+.
Coaching- A+: Does this one even need to be discussed? Yes, the offensive play calling was a little conservative at times, but this coaching staff had the team ready to play every week. Every time the Frogs lost another player, the coaches had the next guy ready to go. I can't say enough about the coaching job Gary Patterson did this season.