DE Bo Schobel

2002 Statistics

Coach: Gary Patterson
16-9, 3 years
2002 Record: 10-2
at Cincinnati LOST 29-36 (OT)
at Northwestern WON 48-24
SMU WON 17-6
at Army WON 46-27
at Louisville WON 45-31
at East Carolina LOST 28-31
Colorado State WON 17-3

2002 Final Rankings
AP-23, Coaches-22, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

This team has much to look forward to in 2003. They return many players from a dominating team that took a highly-touted Colorado State to task in the Liberty Bowl. But this team has to concentrate on its new elements and dimensions, rather than attempt to duplicate the 2002 squad's personality. We will just see what Coach Gary Patterson can do with his first real test after any success.

Offensively, it is simple - the new QB and OL need to forge a methodically effective running game before trying to initially reestablish the air-attack. The running game returns strong - it needs to have a shoe-horn affect so as to help slide the passing elements into place. New QB Gunn has that unteachable pocket-presence, the ability to know what and when to do that which is needed. The running game's presence will allow these passing instincts to hone, and will eventually make TCU more offensively successful

Defensively, the secondary will be the key to even marginally repeating 2002's level of play. Once teams are stopped on the ground, they will again be forced into passing situations. Without as much experience and ability, these DBs have to keep the play in front of them to allow real-game seasoning to occur. The Horned Frog front-seven is too strong, meaning opponents will opt to pass from the start. So allowing some early yards should all be part of these DB's lessons - giving up a few big plays will accelerate the learning curve and actually help raise their level of play for later successes. It is all part of the annual turnover in college football, and we now get to see how well recruiting has been going in Ft. Worth.

Both lost 2002 contests were winnable. It was their golden chance, because this season's unit isn't of the same defensive caliber as that once-in-a-lifetime TCU team. But success measured in wins and losses is just as attainable. Consistency was a benchmark that can be rebuilt. This team will be marked and hunted - after their 5-7 2001 campaign, an 11-2 2002 team means a bulls-eye on each TCU jersey. New QB Gunn will dictate whether Horned Frogs again win the CUSA. Look for him to struggle early, but still win some close calls against teams they blew out last year. But inexperience will catch up with them against a tough, retro Southern Miss squad. Games at South Florida and Arizona will be the other marginal tilts that define this version of the Horned Frogs. This revamped version will win one they shouldn't, and lose one similarly. The wide range of possible results makes this squad as competitively anticipated as 2000's team. TCU is a team to follow for those of you who just like quality, dynamic college football. Since they are their conference's best, it is no wonder CUSA has a long way to go before being included in conversations about major conference powerhouses. But Horned Frogs are nothing to easily lick for their opponents.

Projected 2003 record: 9-3
RB Ricky Madison
DE Bo Schobel
RB Robert Merrill
QB - 1.5 DL - 4
RB - 4 LB - 3
WR - 1.5 DB - 3
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Tye Gunn, 91-57-2, 632 yds., 6 TD's

Rushing: Lonta Hobbs, 157 att., 1029 yds., 12 TD's

Receiving: Reggie Harrell, 13 rec., 205 yds., 0 TD's

Scoring: Nick Browne, 23-30 FG, 36-38 PAT, 105 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Nick Browne, 23-30 FG, 36-38 PAT, 105 pts.

Tackles: Bo Schobel, 57 tot., 33 solo

Sacks: Bo Schobel, 7.5 sacks

Interceptions: Marvin Godbolt, 2 for 83 yds.

Kickoff returns: Ricky Madison, 1 ret., 14.0 avg.

Punt returns: Reggie Harrell, 1 ret., 30.0 avg.


K Nick Browne


OFFENSE: Sean Stilley-QB, Reggie Holts-FB, LaTarence Dunbar-WR, Adrian Madise-WR, Terran Williams-WR, Quint Ellis-TE, J.T. Aughinbaugh-OG, Jamal Powell-OT, Josh Harbuck-OG, Shane Hudnall-WR
DEFENSE: John Turntine-DT, Jason Goss-CB, Jared Smitherman-SS, Kenneth Hilliard-FS, Joey Biasatti-P, LaMarcus McDonald-SLB (NFL)

written by Dave Hershorin

For the 2002 TCU squad that won all but two games, it was a mentally tough year, knowing the obvious factor that kept them from winning those two was their QB. Departed Sean Stilley did many great things, but what he couldn't provide will be amply abundant in his replacement, appropriately named sophomore Tye Gunn. Gunn has better running skills and a better pocket presence, with as many 2002 passing TDs (6) as Stilley, but in about half the attempts and with only two INTs compared to Stilley's 11. Gunn will bring added dimensions missing from 2002's 94th ranked passing offense - his threat to run will freeze opposing LBs if he can learn to pass on the run.

The Horned Frogs run by committee. They start one back, rotate in another, and even have a different option as their third-down threat. It all came together to carry the 2002 TCU offense past its starting QB's woes. Senior Ricky Madison will start again, and Lonta Hobbs will rotate with him to get an equal, if not larger number of carries than Madison. Corey Connally, a small, shifty back, brings a fresh set of legs on which to scurry past tired defenses. New QB Gunn adds a fourth concern with which run-stopping defenses will have to contend. Look for a new FB to emerge to keep this area TCU's offensive strength until Gunn gets firing and used to receivers.

The running game remains strong also due to three returning upper-classmen on the front line, all starters to boot. A mobile QB should equal even less (26) sacks allowed. But there is not much experience behind the returning beef - this could just as easily be the offense's Achilles heel, negating qualified talent positions, if injuries or fatigue occur. The unit should focus on run-blocking, playing to their own strong hand of backfield prowess. If a passing game develops, it will only succeed if set up through the run. Making defenses look for the run is a great way to initiate and establish a passing game. For TCU, it all starts up front.

The receiving corps looks depleted, but two return from reserve roles to give promise to this facet. All four top WRs and TCU's starting 2002 TE are gone. The top returning WR had 13 catches in 2002, making this group of receivers totally fresh for any depth capacity. Reggie Harrell has the size to be clutch when needed, but another will have to emerge to keep Harrell from being hunted weekly. If no other option needs covering, look for double-teams to negate his offensive capabilities. Another deep threat has to emerge in spring ball - Harrell cannot be this and the short-yardage guy when needed. RB Chris Connally might have to split-out wider if the receivers are not being respected.

But their offensive focus will eventually, by mid-season, transfer to the passing game. A running game will take this team far, especially with such a staunch defense. But that extra dimension will be needed for TCU to even come close to last season's successes.


TB Lonta Hobbs


Returning Starters in bold
QB Tye Gunn-So (6-3, 214) Brandon Hassell-Jr (6-1, 199)
FB Corey Connally-Sr (5-11, 204) Kenny Hayter-Sr (6-0, 225)
TB Lonta Hobbs-So (5-10, 218) Ricky Madison-Sr (5-10, 200)
WR Bruce Galbert-Sr (6-4, 203) Cory Rodgers-Fr (6-1, 186)
WR Reggie Harrell-Jr (6-3, 209) Michael DePriest-Fr (6-0, 191)
TE Cody McCarty-Jr (6-4, 259) Stanley Moss-Sr (6-2, 251)
OT Anthony Alabi-Jr (6-6, 325) Michael Toudouze-So (6-6, 310)
OG John Glud-Sr (6-7, 333) Ben Angeley-So (6-4, 293)
C Chase Johnson-Jr (6-3, 310) Stephen Culp-So (6-4, 306)
OG Shane Sims-So (6-3, 305) Zach Bray-Jr (6-4, 313)
OT Jon Morgan-Sr (6-4, 298) Herbert Taylor-Fr (6-4, 270)
K Nick Browne-Sr (5-10, 172) Mike Wynn-So (5-10, 203)



written by Dave Hershorin

This area is hard to predict. Not enough can be said about 2002's #1 overall defense. This unit carried TCU to stingy levels that will be hard to match. It was definitely what the team rode to their success(es). But after losing five starters, this team is hard-pressed to show enough remaining structural integrity to hold up their 2003-selves to last year's masterpiece.

The line fares best - actually, the front-seven has five returning upperclassmen to anchor these other-worldly run-stoppers. All seniors, end Bo Schobel joins NT Chad Pugh and other end Rob Pollard to see if they can keep their opponent's annual rushing average under 2 yards-per-carry and less than 65 yards-per-game. With junior LBs Godbolt and Patterson again filling the gaps, look for these numbers to be similar, with opposing offenses running only to keep their passing attacks viable. But with over three sacks per game in 2002, passing situations will again quickly collapse.

This type of team ability is only possible when the front-seven, especially the LBs, are all instinctually strong as individuals at telling run from pass, and vice-versa. TCU's opponents should see this strength and predictably coach around it. Easy money says it means more passes in opposing game plans. Godbolt can cover well, but Patterson has been primarily a run-stopper, so he will be used in the box as the outside LBs drop back more often. This group's third starter and his play will likely determine the profile of the entire defense.

The secondary will need any extra LB assistance with only one returning starter in their midst. As it will again be, this was the defense's weakest link. But by ranking 14th nationally in 2002 pass defense, most teams would like to have this strong of a weakest link. Opponents completion rates were collectively held under 50%, though they did average over 13 yards-per-catch. This reflects desperate opponents, doing what any other beat-up team held to under-70 yards rushing would - pass early and often. So realize, this area was only exploited through desperation, not methodically poignant precision and execution. Throw up enough attempts, and the above numbers are close to the usual result. Look for three new faces to mean less defensive command and more big plays allowed. The secondary's run-stopping support will also wane, making the 2003 Horned Frog's overall defensive performance less statistically dominating, but close to as effective. These three unknowns, who will be updated once unveiled, are just as important as that third LB - their collective play will be (in hindsight) transparently responsible for however this defense performs.


NT Chad Pugh


Returning Starters in bold
DE Bo Schobel-Sr (6-5, 268) Andrew Calovich-Jr (6-1, 223)
DT Richard Evans-Sr (6-3, 253) Jeremy Breedlove-So (6-3, 270)
NT Chad Pugh-Sr (6-3, 314) Brandon Johnson-Jr (6-3, 305)
DE Robert Pollard-Sr (6-2, 280) Ranorris Ray-So (6-3, 268)
SLB Martin Patterson-Jr (6-2, 227) Ryan Schlenger-Fr (6-3, 216)
MLB Josh Goolsby-Sr (6-2, 233) Devon Davis-Sr (6-1, 238)
WS Marvin Godbolt-Jr (6-0, 195) Kenny Boyd-Jr (6-1, 213)
CB Mark Walker-Jr (5-10, 190) Eric Buchanan-Fr (5-10, 194)
CB Tyrone Sanders-Sr (5-10, 173) Jerome Braziel-Jr (5-11, 175)
SS Brandon Williams-Sr (6-3, 193) Flander Malone-So (5-11, 199)
FS Jeremy Modkins-So (6-1, 187) Chris Peoples-Jr (6-2, 174)
P John Braziel-Jr (6-3, 211) Reeves Dalton-So (6-0, 190)




PK Nick Browne gives TCU an upper hand - going 23-for-30 (4-for-9 from 40-49 yds) in 2002 means Browne's leg will win a few, if given the chance. He will be one of the nation's best. Punting is a new ballgame, with no one yet tapped for 2003. Coverage should continue to be a sign of TCU's depth on defense - strong and dominating. Field-position battles have to be won with a marginal passing game needing establishment. WR/KR Dunbar's 27+ yards-per-KR will be hard to replace. To that ends, look for our updates to show who will return kicks and/or punts for the Frogs.


RSF RB Robert Merrill added himself to the vast stable of TCU backs- a stable that will be one of the best units in the country. Merrill has good vision and carries the ability to shake defenders, which make him a valued contender. He should be the team's #3 back to start the season… QB Brandon Hassell took the majority of the first-team snaps this spring with starter Tye Gunn sitting out, nursing an injury. Patterson said he was pleased with the way that Hassell came in and took control of the offense, but the job still belongs to Gunn once practice commences in the fall… RSF WR Cory Rogers has proven he is a versatile player and may factor into the Frogs' offensive plans more than initially suspected. He will be one to give opponents trouble on the outside this fall. Fellow WR Michael DePriest (rsf) also gave us reason to highlight his name… RSF OT Herbert Taylor made worthy strides of improvement, pulling praise from the coaching staff.

The defense, to no one's surprise, led the charge this spring with a stifling performance in the spring game. Patterson knows he has strength in this unit, but feels they really need to improve their depth. He says he likes the allotted spring and the fall sessions because it gives him a chance to get the younger guys as many reps as possible, in order to ready them for game time. Two new these faces are redshirt freshmen DT Jarrarcea Williams and DE Jared Retkofsky. They may not see (real) game action right away, but hopes are very high on these young men and both will be able to come in and play when needed… Patterson praised the contributions of RSF FS Elvis Gallegos, noting that he could see a good amount of work on special teams and in dime packages. All together, the secondary needs to improve just a bit. There were times where mix-ups and confusions caused the DBs to get burned this spring. One player who saw a good amount of work and will be featured in the nickel and dime packages is soph Kenny Lewis… There are concerns about DT Chad Pugh, who is reportedly struggling with both academic and medical problems. It is still unknown as to whether he will be able to go next fall… Walk-on LB Ryan Schlenger has been the most pleasant (defensive) surprise this spring. He has great feet and, being a former safety, great reaction to the ball. He should be a prized addition to the defensive depth.

The Horned Frogs carry two very good kickers in Nick Browne and Mike Wynn. Wynn caught attention this spring with his range, punctuated by a 52-yard boot in the spring game. He also made a case to be the team's punter, by booting a 58-yard strike the same day. Slated punter John Braziel kept his lead on the job, however, knocking his share of boomers… We can expect to see Rogers and DePriest to handle returns.