Photo via Gordon DeLoach, TexasHSFootball.com

 

Even though TCU thrived in their first two years with their Air Raid offense that helped them obtain a 23-3 record along with two bowl game victories in that stretch, last year proved to be an off year with TCU going 6-7 as the high-scoring offense that gave the Horned Frogs a potent means of attack suddenly lost its venom.

Quarterback Kenny Hill showed some inconsistencies on the playing field by throwing 13 interceptions and his offensive counterparts dropped a total of 38 passes which led to an offense that scored about two touchdowns less per game than the previous year.

Despite the struggles the offense faced, there was a productive method of means that came in the form of former Arlington Martin standout, running back Kyle Hicks.

Hicks as a junior last year played in all 13 of TCU’s games and led the team in rushing yards and receptions which made him the first player to do so since 1996. He rushed for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground and had 417 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 47 receptions.

For his season performance, Hicks was named as an Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 and has been placed on the Doak Walker watch list.

WACO – Kyle Hicks celebrates with teammates. Photo Credit: Gordon DeLoach, TexasHSFootball.com

Hicks will bring invaluable experience for TCU in the backfield and even with the much emphasis placed on how quarterback Kenny Hill can evolve more into the TCU offense, Hicks will definitely be a heavy lifter for the Frogs in the run game even with backs such as Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua in the mix.
Hicks may very well be the best back in the Big 12 this year and even with TCU under the tenure of a slightly new offensive gameplan as Sonny Cumbie and Curtis Luper share the offensive playcalling roll,

He just might be in for another huge year, which is precisely what TCU will need if they look to once again be the high-octane offense that will give propel TCU back to the top of the Big 12 standings.

 

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