DE Chase Ortiz

2006 Statistics

Coach: Gary Patterson
54-20, 7 years
2006 Record: 11-2
at Baylor WON 17-7
at Utah LOST 7-20
at Army WON 31-17
at UNLV WON 25-10
at New Mexico WON 27-21
at Colorado State WON 45-14
Poinsettia Bowl
Northern Illinois WON 37-7

2006 Final Rankings
AP-22, Coaches-21, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

After an amazing ‘05 run (11-1) that included their 17-10 shocking upset of Oklahoma, last season’s expectations were high for this team that had yet to lose a conference contest. Things were going well to start as they even beat in-state passing powerhouse Texas Tech 12-3. But they then allowed league-mates BYU and Utah to upset what should have been their place in the BCS. Yes, give it to the Cougars and Utes…but TCU ended with an eight game winning streak that sets the tone for this ornery Horned Frog squad to finally finish the season ranked as high as they should (with the huge potential they have). Ostensibly, new starting QB Marcus Jackson is really the only factor that can keep TCU from again achieving top 25 status – as he goes, so go the Frogs. The offense has enough experience around him (Brown, Moore, Schlueter) to help Jackson get to where he needs to be with their multiple receiver sets, but how long that takes will dictate how far the team gets. The defense can hold them in games, but it is their second tilt in Austin that has most Frog fans worried – even this D can’t stop Texas for a full 60 minutes. Still, expect head coach Gary Patterson to have his guys in position each week for the win, and a few lucky bounces could even mean the difference between a BCS appearance and the Poinsettia Bowl.

Projected 2007 record: 10-2
QB - 3 DL - 4.5
RB - 4 LB - 3.5
WR - 3 DB - 4
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Marcus Jackson, 26-44-1, 386 yds., 2 TD

Rushing: Aaron Brown, 154 att., 801 yds., 9 TD

Receiving: Aaron Brown, 34 rec., 455 yds., 1 TD

Scoring: Chris Manfredini, 12-14 FG, 36-41 PAT, 72 pts.

Punting: Derek Wash, 13 punts, 37.5 avg.

Kicking: Chris Manfredini, 12-14 FG, 36-41 PAT, 72 pts.

Tackles: Jason Phillips, 73 tot., 38 solo

Sacks: Tommy Blake, 7 sacks

Interceptions: Nick Sanders, 3 for 18 yds., 1 TD; Torrey Stewart, 3 for 20 yds., 1 TD

Kickoff Returns: Donald Massey, 16 ret., 21.4 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Brian Bonner, 24 ret., 12.7 avg., 0 TD


DB/PR Brian Bonner


OFFENSE: Jeff Ballard-QB, Lonta Hobbs-TB, Quentily Harmon-WR, Michael DePriest-WR, Chad Andrus-TE, Brent Hecht-TE, Herb Taylor-OT, Maurice Bouldwin-OG, Peter LoCoco-K
DEFENSE: Jarrarcea Williams-NT, Marvin White-WS, Eric Buchanan-SS, Brian Cortney-P

Just like last year, it may take the offense a few of its early games to get into gear. That is because sophomore heir apparent Marcus Jackson will have to settle in as the new starter at QB (was adequate against Utah and Baylor in ’06). That may mean taking on the chin against Texas (Sept. 8th), but this dual-threat out of Houston’s Westside has the potential to be one of the greatest Horned Frogs to ever hurl/carry the rock. The return of Aaron Brown is essential for Jackson’s development. MWC Freshman of the Year (2005), Brown led the team in rushing and was second in receptions last season. This svelte All-American (FWAA) has both size and speed, and most of the depth behind him can both run and catch like Brown, too. There will be no problem keeping legs fresh and productive while opponents are kept guessing. The multiple receiver sets will see some changes – senior Donald Massey’s experience means he becomes the main “go to” guy; tall, lanky junior Derek Moore’s role expands as he will likely become a deep threat; Earvin Dickerson will go underneath so this senior (and the sticky-handed RBs) can keep the LBs busy. Coach Patterson’s X-factor will continue to be the TEs. Due to this and the fact that the Horned Frogs pose so many options on every down, he can keep opposing safeties occupied while the receivers do their thing. Junior Shae Reagan averaged 21+ per catch as a backup TE. Now that he will start, expect to see new names replace his as secret weapons. The line returns three of their ’06 starters, two of whom were all-conference (guard Matty Linder; center Blake Schlueter). This bodes well since TCU averaged 4.5 per carry, allowed only 15 sacks and is breaking in a new QB. It isn’t a matter of whether the Frogs can move the ball or not. Offensive consistency in the first five scrimmages was the missing element that kept last year’s squad from realizing its potential, so having this side of the ball ready to hit the ground running will be the key for TCU to maximize its season.


RB Aaron Brown


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Marcus Jackson-So (6-1, 216) Andy Dalton-Fr (6-3, 185)
FB William Jackson-Sr (6-0, 235) Chris Smith-So (5-11, 231)
TB Aaron Brown-Jr (6-1, 196) Joseph Turner-So (6-1, 226)
WR Donald Massey-Jr (5-11, 172) Marcus Brock-Sr (6-0, 182)
WR Ervin Dickerson-Sr (6-1, 200) Clint Renfro-Fr (6-0, 160)
WR Derek Moore-Sr (6-3, 177) Walter Bryant-Jr (6-4, 206)
TE Shae Reagan-Jr (6-4, 261) Quinton Cunigan-Sr (6-3, 237)
OT Wade Sisk-Sr (6-7, 271) Nic Richmond-So (6-8, 298)
OG Matty Lindner-Sr (6-4, 298) Preston Phillips-Jr (6-6, 293)
C Blake Schlueter-Jr (6-3, 272) Tony Savino-Sr (6-2, 277)
OG Heath Raetz-Jr (6-5, 297) Giles Montgomery-Jr (6-5, 288)
OT Marshall Newhouse-So (6-3, 317) Marcus Cannon-Fr (6-5, 319)
K Chris Manfredini-Sr (5-9, 165) ..



Coordinator Dick Bumpas has ratcheted this defense up to a level that now allows TCU to compete with most BCS-aligned schools. Since he is also the line coach, it all starts up front for the nation’s No.2 (returning) run defense that has three of its four starters back. Senior all-conference first-team ends Tommy Blake (16.5 TFLs) and Chase Ortiz (11 TFLs) are quick and mobile. These qualities also underscore the overall style of play inside - through ample rotations, the DTs stay fresh enough to remain strong against larger opposing 300 lb. linemen. Recent recruiting classes haven’t brought much size, but they have brought enough DLmen into Fort Worth so this team is now stacked three-deep with capable stoppers up front. In the 4-2-5 Bumpas runs, his LBs are vital in stopping opponent’s ground attacks, making senior David Hawthorne and juniors Jason Phillips and Rob Henson major reasons TCU only gave up eight rushing TDs in ’06. All three have the ability to recover well on play-action. RS sophomore corners Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest survived adequately on islands as starting freshmen. With three safeties and little call for the CBs in run support, Sanders and Priest can continue to concentrate their efforts in coverage. Tough senior strong safety Brian Bonner is ready to pick up the slack and become the run stopping force now-departed Eric Buchanan was. An ex-prep QB, Bonner has the skill to oversee the secondary’s schemes. Classmate David Roach and junior Steven Coleman have extensive experience and will head a deep pool of DBs. This secondary held Texas Tech’s vaunted passing attack to 204 passing yards and ended last season ranked seventh in passing efficiency. Bumpas’ group was the No.2 total defense, and with nine starters back (five of those are seniors), expect the same level of results with more consistency. The game in Austin should be better than many expect due to how solid TCU is on this side of the ball.


DE Tommy Blake


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Chase Ortiz-Sr (6-3, 255) Matt Panfi-Jr (6-2, 232)
DT James Vess-Jr (6-3, 282) Wayne Daniels-So (6-2, 240)
NT Cody Moore-Jr (6-1, 292) Cory Grant-Fr (6-2, 303)
DE Tommy Blake-Sr (6-3, 252) Allen Christopher-So (6-4, 236)
SLB David Hawthorne-Sr (6-0, 225) Robert Henson-Jr (6-1, 228)
MLB Jason Phillips-Jr (6-1, 234) Daryl Washington-So (6-3, 228)
CB Nick Sanders-So (5-10, 174) Alex Ibiloye-Fr (6-0, 170)
CB Rafael Priest-So (5-10, 163) Torrey Stewart-Sr (5-11, 175)
WS David Roach-Sr (6-2, 215) Corderra Hunter-So (6-2, 202)
SS Brian Bonner-Sr (5-11, 199) Stephen Hodge-Jr (6-0, 212)
FS Steven Coleman-Jr (6-3, 204) ..
P Derek Wash-Sr (6-4, 177) David Porter-Fr (5-11, 170)




Bonner is one of the nation’s top punt returners, and Massey at KR means TCU has scoring threats with both. Senior placekicker Chris Manfredini is consistent, but only from inside the 40, and punter Derek Wash controls his efforts well so TCU can win field position battles.