No. 15 TCU without suspended QB against Iowa State

No. 15 TCU without suspended QB against Iowa State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) TCU coach Gary Patterson was walking away from the podium at the end of his weekly news conference when he suddenly offered an intriguing possibility for the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs' backup quarterback.

``What you'll probably see is Trevone Boykin at tailback,'' Patterson said in a surprising unsolicited statement.

Boykin will indeed be in the backfield Saturday when TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), which has won 12 games in a row, plays its first Big 12 home game against Iowa State (3-1, 0-1). But the redshirt freshman will instead be starting in place of suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.

Pachall was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after running a stop sign near the TCU campus early Thursday, about 36 hours after Patterson revealed the idea of using the speedy Boykin as a tailback. Leading rusher Waymon James has already sustained a season-ending left knee injury and current starter Matthew Tucker is dealing with an ankle injury.

Pachall, one of the nation's most efficient passers with 10 touchdowns and one interception, was indefinitely suspended by Patterson and won't play Saturday. The second-year starting quarterback is expected to be in uniform on the sideline after his latest trouble, and Patterson indicated he would have more of a plan Sunday after the game about what to do next.

It was only eight months ago that Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test just two weeks before his then-roommate and teammate was arrested in a drug sting operation.

Boykin has appeared in three games, completing 9 of 10 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and running 12 times for 122 yards and a score. His most extensive action was playing the entire second half of the season opener against Grambling, when he completed all eight of his passes and ran five times.

Iowa State's defense anchored by senior linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein could present quite a challenge for Boykin's first start. The Cyclones are among the Big 12's top defenses, allowing only 309 total yards and 14 points a game.

TCU survived a rain-drenched night at SMU last weekend to avenge its last loss. The Frogs won their Big 12 debut at Kansas three weeks ago, but now get to play a Big 12 game at home to start a stretch of eight consecutive conference games.

``If you told me all the things that happened, everything that's gone on ... we'd still be 4-0, I'd take it,'' Patterson said.

And that comment came before Pachall's suspension.

``Now we've got to find a way to get 5-0,'' Patterson said. ``We have to go play our best football games from now on.''

The Cyclones could also have a change at quarterback, but simply because of performance on the field.

Steele Jantz held onto the starting job during the fall. While the senior has completed two-thirds of his passes (85 of 127), he thrown seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was 10-of-20 passing for 73 yards with three interceptions in a 24-13 loss to Texas Tech after leading Iowa State to its another 3-0 start.

Sophomore Jared Barnett is the other option.

``We'll see who practices the best and gives us most confidence by the time Saturday comes around,'' said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, who said it would take whole week before making that decision.

Whoever is under center for Iowa State has to go against a defense better than its own. The Horned Frogs, whose defensive calls are made by Patterson, have allowed only 256 total yards and 7.2 points a game - only top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama has allowed fewer points.

``You've got guys in the system that thoroughly know and understand the defense. You've got a coaching staff that has answers because they've been doing it together so long,'' Patterson said. ``It's one of the key things, especially for a playcaller, to have answers. If they do this, I do that. And they have that within the system.''

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Caps prospect watch: Signing season?


Caps prospect watch: Signing season?

The 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament bracket has been announced and only one Capitals prospect, Brian Pinho, is still in the running.

Providence College was selected as the No. 2 seed in the East Regional and will play No. 3 Clarkson in the first round on Friday, March 23 on ESPNU. The winner will play the winner of Notre Dame-Michigan Tech on Saturday with a chance to advance to the Frozen Four.

The college season is over for the rest of the Capitals' college prospects which begs the question, will any of them sign an entry-level deal with Washington?

In the spring when seasons end for colleges, junior leagues and European leagues, we see a flurry of signings across the NHL as teams sign their prospects and young free agents.

Among the Caps' college prospects, the most likely candidate to sign would be Shane Gersich. Gersich just wrapped up this third season at the University of North Dakota, finishing second on the team in goals (13) and tied for third in points (29). The Capitals will certainly make a push to sign him considering his talent and because if he returns to college for a fourth year, he stands to become a free agent on Aug. 15, 2019.

Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reported Wednesday that North Dakota was still awaiting Gersich's decision on whether he planned to return to college.

Quinnipiac defenseman Chase Priskie is in a similar situation, but it he has decided to head back to school for another season.

“That wasn’t a season I’d want to leave on,” Priskie told the New Haven Register. “When I came here as a freshman I saw our senior class, Garteig, St. Denis, Soren Jonzzon, and they left such a legacy that guys still talk about them. Same for Sam Anas and Devon Toews. They were all such great players and some of the best people for our program. When I leave, I want to be talked about like they are.”


Other prospect notes:

  • For Pinho, now a senior at Providence, this marks an opportunity for him to finish his college career the same way he began, with a national championship. “I don’t think I realized at the time how hard it is just to get back to the tournament,” Pinho told the New Haven Register. “So that’s something we older guys have been telling the younger guys. You never know when you’re going to be back and you have to make the most of it when you’re there.” (You can read the full feature on Pinho here)
  • The end of the season may suddenly be near for goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov. Metallurg Magnitogorsk finds itself down 3-1 in its series with Ak Bars in the KHL playoffs meaning their season could be over as early as Friday. Of course, the big news to watch after that is whether or not Samsonov would come to North America. If he does, he would most likely go to Hershey to play for the Bears. With only 10 games remaining on Hershey's schedule, however, the sooner Samsonov's team is ousted from the playoffs, the better. At least from a Washington perspective.
  • All three of Washington's WHL prospects have reached the WHL playoffs. Moose Jaw (Dmitriy Zaitsev) finished with the best record in the league and will play Prince Albert in the first round. Swift Current (Beck Malenstyn) finished second in the East Division behind Moose Jaw and will play Regina. Everett (Garrett Pilon) won the U.S. Division and earned the top seed in the Western Conference. They will play Seattle in the first round.
  • Dmitriy Zaitsev remains out after taking an illegal hit last week. He did not play in either of Moose Jaw's final regular season games, but was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
  • Adam Carlson has found his groove in Kansas City. Playing for the Mavericks of the ECHL, he won each of his two starts this past week allowing only one goal on 43 shots. He was named the 2nd star of the game for both games.
  • Madison Bowey recorded an assist on Friday and two more for Hershey on Saturday for three over the weekend in his first week back with the Bears. Bowey has spent the majority of the season with the Caps, but the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek at the trade deadline meant there were just too many bodies up in Washington and not enough playing time to go around. As Bowey is waiver exempt, he became the odd-man out and was sent to the AHL. It would not be surprising to see him recalled by Washington when the NHL playoffs begin.
  • Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler brought his goal total up to five for the season with two goals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday. The Bears really wanted to emphasize his offensive game this season to see if Siegenthaler could be developed into a two-way player. His strength is definitely is on the defensive end of the ice, but he will be a more versatile player if he can also be a threat offensively as well. You can see the highlights of Siegenthaler's two-goal game here:

  • Forward Hampus Gustafsson was recalled to Hershey last week and did not wait long to make an impact. He scored his first career AHL goal on Friday. He also added an assist making that game his first career multi-point game as well.
  • Tyler Lewington was suspended two games by the AHL for a punch he delivered to Bridgeport's Scott Eansor in Friday's game.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in this week's updated rankings 

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Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?


Free agency update: What happens next for the Redskins on the defensive line?

The Redskins sure hosted a lot of free agent defensive line visits in the second week of free agency, but so far, no signed contracts. 

Johnathan Hankins came to Ashburn. Sylvester Williams came to Ashburn. Pernell McPhee came to Ashburn. All three left without a done deal, and now for Redskins fans, the question becomes not about when a deal will get done, but if any deals will happen.

Actually, one deal did happen. According to a report, Williams has signed with the Lions. 

Since visiting the Redskins on Monday, Hankins also took a trip to see the Lions. McPhee, who was offered a contract by the Redskins, has since taken a trip to visit the Falcons. 


Keep in mind too, Washington expressed interest in nose tackle Bennie Logan last offseason, and the 6-foot-2, 309 lb., former Chief is again on the market. A visit from Logan would surprise nobody, though it hasn't been reported yet. 

Mother Nature might also be an impediment for the Redskins. A March snowstorm shut the D.C. region down on Wednesday, which could have limited potential free agent visits.

What's clear is between Hankins, McPhee and Williams this week, in addition to Muhammad Wilkerson and Benson Mayowa last week, the Redskins are obviously looking to upgrade their defensive line. Combine that with a contract restructure for incumbent Terrell McClain, and Washington has the flexibility to improve on last season's NFL-worst run defense. 

That doesn't mean, however, the Redskins will absolutely sign one of the above mentioned players. And it doesn't mean outside linebacker Junior Gallete won't return to the Redskins either. 

Many fans wonder if a McPhee signing means the Redskins would move on from Galette. It might, but that's no sure thing. 

Washington went into the 2017 season with five outside linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Galette, Ryan Anderson and Chris Carter. Right now, the 'Skins only have Kerrigan, Smith and Anderson under contract. The team needs to add at least one OLB, but likely two.

McPhee also carries about 20 extra pounds on his frame than Galette, giving the former Bear and Raven more flexibility to play against the run. Galette is a speed, leverage and moves player, focused on getting to the quarterback. He's capable against the run, but in the same way a sports car shouldn't carry a snow plow, Galette should be used to pressure QBs. 

Point being: McPhee and Galette could both make sense for the Redskins, if the team can work out the cash. 

Money usually matters the most in free agency, and it's clear the Redskins haven't made the type of offers that any of these players felt compelled to immediately sign. Deals could still happen though. Hankins didn't sign last offseason until April and Galette seems to thank Redskins fans via social media with relative frequency. 

Washington also had some success with the patient approach to free agency. The team was able to keep Zach Brown, though it took some nervous days of allowing the tackling machine linebacker to test the free agent market. With that win in hand, don't expect the Redskins brass to change their philosophy. 

Until further notice, it's hurry up and wait season in Ashburn.

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