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TCU Horned Frogs vs Oklahoma Sooners 10/01/2016

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Scouting Notes

TCU Horned Frogs vs Oklahoma Sooners 10/01/2016

Texas Christian Horned Frogs v Oklahoma Sooners

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Armon G. Carter Stadium/Fort Worth, TX

Score:  Oklahoma (52), TCU (46)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Oklahoma Offense

Samaje Perine, RB, Junior:  Perine’s physical, downhill running style was on full display as he consistently broke first contact and picked up yards. Perine did a great job of seeing the field and hitting holes with burst and pad level as he tallied 101 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns. Perine has good overall play speed and is tough to bring down.  Stock:  Up

Joe Mixon, RB, RS Sophomore:  Mixon is special with the football in his hands where his natural running ability combined with athleticism and creativity make him dynamic and dangerous for his offense. Mixon has terrific burst and vision of the field. Mixon was productive as a runner with 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries but also left his mark as a receiver where he produced 5 receptions for 70 yards. He displayed great route-running skills and ability to track the ball, adjust his body and make secure receptions even in contested situations. Stock:  Up

Dede Westbrook, WR, Senior:  Westbrook produced his best game of the season as he hauled in 7 passes for 158 yards and 2 scores. He showed good skills after the catch to burst upfield and pick up yards after the catch. His first TD came on a flea flicker where he blew by the defense. The second was on a 40-yard catch in which he ran a skinny post where he achieved inside leverage on a perfect route that was run with proper timing to set up the leverage and separation. Westbrook looked twitched up and dangerous while securing all of his passes that were catchable. Stock:  Up

Oklahoma Defense

Charles Walker, DT, Junior:  Walker is regarded by some draft analysts but I saw nothing excitable when watching every rep he played in this game. He shows some stout ability against the run but lacks baseline hand technique to disengage from blocks or quickness to get by blockers. When his initial surge fails on a play he typically fails to continue working the rep with effort.  Stock:  Down

Jordan Thomas, CB, Junior:  Thomas demonstrated good press technique and physicality at the LOS to disrupt route timing and make the release into the route difficult for the WR. Thomas had an impressive rep when challenged vertically to adjust to the football while maintaining coverage on his man to break up the pass. On another occasion where he was tested vertically, Thomas pinned the route to the sideline for an incompletion. Thomas was consistently challenged with bunch formations and he demonstrated good route awareness and understanding of spacing.  He finished with 4 solo tackles and 2 pass breakups. Stock: Up

Ahmad Thomas, D, Senior:  Thomas had a poor outing. Early in the game he took a poor angle on a short completion on 3rd and 10 that should have resulted in a tackle and punt but instead turned into a 61-yard TD reception for TCU. Thomas also got twisted around in the endzone to allow and easy reception on a slant route for a two point conversion. He was consistently slow to process and was frequently not in proper position. Stock:  Down

TCU Offense

Kenny Hill, QB, Junior:  Hill had an overall good game tallying 26 completions on 44 attempts for 449 yards with 5 touchdowns against 1 interception. Hill showed an impressive ability to push the ball vertically down the field with accuracy and good zip on the ball. He has a quick release and ability to find a quick platform to drive the football to any part of the field. Hill is good at extending plays and picking up yards with his feet. This is more of a skillset to work with in Hill than I perceived. Stock:  Up

TCU Defense

James Mcfarland, EDGE, Senior:  Mcfarland was a pleasant surprise in this game with many positive reps. He showed the ability to stay square to the LOS as a backside run defender and pursue from the backside. He was quick off the ball and was able to avoid blockers by bursting past them. He showed good hand technique and powerful punch to jolt pads and the functional power to squeeze gaps against the run.

Josh Carraway, EDGE, Senior:  Carraway struggled in this contest and some of his deficiencies proved costly for his team. He lacks optimal flexibility and lateral quickness which caused him to whiff on a tackle to allow a TD run and on another occasion to miss a TFL. He allowed a TD when getting sucked too far inside on an inside run in a 3rd and 1 situation from 9 yards away. He wasn’t able to generate pressure on the quarterback due to his lack of twitch, technique and quickness. Stock:  Down

Best Players on the Field

Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma

Forgettable Performances

Josh Carraway, EDGE, TCU

Ahmad Thomas, S, Oklahoma

Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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