In the Air
TCU’s main problems last season were mostly the fault of the offense, and specifically the inconsistenct play of freshman quarterback Max Duggan. Duggan, now in his second year as the starter in Fort Worth, will have to take a massive leap in order to improve upon last season.
Duggan’s main problem was simply his inability to get the ball in his receivers’ hands. He finished eighth out of the 10 Big 12 quarterbacks in passing yards with 2077 and interceptions with 15. But he was dead last in terms of completion percentage at only 53.4 percent.
Despite the air game struggles, Duggan surprised a lot of people last year with his ability to run the football. He rushed for over 500 yards and six touchdowns in total. Both of which were top half in the Big 12 among quarterbacks.
This year, Duggan has to focus on being more accurate with the football. He lost his biggest playmaker in Jalen Reagor as well. So he will have to rely on the relatively unproven speedster Taye Barber for most of his production.
On the Ground
The TCU rushing attack is going to look completely different than it did last year. The projected starting running back is Darwin Barlow. He redshirted last season as a freshman. Now, along with three new offensive linemen, including graduate transfer T.J. Storment from Colorado State, Barlow is looking to build upon last year’s rushing success. Zach Evan’s will also likely get into the mix as the highest recruit ever for Gary Patterson. The five-star RB will likely avoid getting a redshirt and see active time most of the year.
Despite the low quantity of great rushers last season, TCU still managed to finish third in the Big 12 with 204 rushing yards per game. That was almost entirely due to the performance of Darius Anderson. He finished seventh in the conference in rushing with 823 yards. It will take a great year from Barlow to replicate Anderson’s success.
There will be some shakeup on the offensive line as well. Three new starters will be stepping into their roles in 2020. Only center Coy McMillon and guard Quazzel White are returning. The aforementioned T.J. Storment will be moving into the left tackle spot, while redshirt junior Wes Harris and redshirt senior Austin Myers will probably take on bigger roles on the right side of the line.