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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of '28!
By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
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Preview: there’s a new hope for the Frogs as BYU heads into town

Redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Hoover will get his first career start against the Cougars.
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Texas Christian University players Josh Newton and Brandon Coleman take the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 30, 2023. The TCU Horned Frogs were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers 24-21.

Conference newcomer BYU will head to Fort Worth to play their first Big 12 conference game against the Frogs this weekend.

The Cougars are one of the four newcomers to conference, joining with Cincinnati, UCF and Houston, who TCU saw earlier this season.

After a tough loss in Ames to Iowa State, TCU finds itself at a low point and will look pull themselves out of the rough stretch.

Things have gotten worse week after week on offense for the Frogs, as in every game they have scored less points than the last.

In what seems like the last chance to turn things around before the schedule gets tough, the Frogs turn to freshman quarterback Josh Hoover to turn the season around.

Hoover is a redshirt freshman quarterback from Rockwall. He played well late in the Iowa State game after starting quarterback Chandler Morris left with an injury, and received praise from head coach Sonny Dykes.

“I thought he played well once he settled in…our players have a lot of respect for him,” he said.

As for Morris, he has an MCL sprain and Dykes said that “it’s gonna be a week to week thing.”

While the injury is unfortunate for Morris, Hoover praised how his teammate has handled the situation.

“Chandler’s been awesome. he’s been really supportive. that’s just the kind of guy he is, he’s a great teammate,” he said.

BYU might be the Frogs toughest test of the year, as the Cougars come into Saturday 4-1 with their only loss being to No. 23-ranked Kansas.

The most dangerous part of this BYU football team is their ability to win games without even being in complete control of the football.

Last week against Cincinatti, BYU trailed the Bearcats in almost every major statistical category; passing yards, receiving yards, rushing yards, yards per attempt and even lost the time of possesion battle 35:01 to 24:59.

And they still came out victorious 35-27.

These Cougars are no fluke either, as earlier in the season they went into Fayetteville against elite competition and knocked off Arkansas 38-31.

“A good solid football team. They don’t make a lot of mistakes and execute in the red zone,” Dykes said.

Despite the many miscues against Iowa State, Dykes was happy about practice this week.

“I was encouraged by what I saw today,” he said.

The Frogs will look to transfer a good week of practice to the game this weekend. The keys to victory lie in how efficient the offense can be with Hoover at the helm, and if they can play turnover free football. If offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and the TCU offense can execute this, the Frogs have a real shot to turn things around before they head to K-State.

The Frogs open up as five-point favorites against the Cougars and will look to become 4-3 on the season.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Amon G. Carter Stadium and broadcasting on ESPN.

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