Defense has become the staple of Gary Patterson’s program at TCU. Do you realize, however, that the first three players drafted from TCU this year were offensive players?
Andy Dalton (QB), Jeremy Kerley (WR), and Marcus Cannon (OT) were all selected higher than defensive backs Colin Jones and Malcolm Williams.
In fact, Jones wasn’t drafted until the sixth round, which means the TCU defense that led the nation in both total defense and scoring defense didn’t have a single player drafted until the sixth round.
Praising the TCU coaching staff, Dalton told the Star-Telegram, “TCU is such a close team. There's no individuals here. You're not doing things to help yourself, you're doing things to help this team. With team success comes individual success. It's going to make you a better player, which makes the team better, which gives you that opportunity for coaches, scouts, people in the NFL to see you.”
He added, “I think one scout during Pro Day said we tested overall better than any other school they'd seen. I think what coach Patterson and the coaching staff, and what [strength and conditioning] coach [Don] Sommer does with all the weight training and workouts and that kind of stuff, it's one of the best places in the nation.”
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that TCU lost two impact players in the 2009 NFL Draft. Jerry Hughes was selected #31 overall and Darryl Washington was picked #47 overall. Despite the losses, the Horned Frogs went undefeated and allowed just 12 points per game.
Obviously, the TCU staff is doing a remarkable job.