No. TCU cranks up the defense in Texas-sized blowout of Longhorns

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As if you needed one more reminder of the new order of college football in the state of Texas, No. 4 TCU (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) hammered Texas (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) in Fort Worth this afternoon. TCU’s 50-7 victory over Texas put to rest some of the concerns over TCU’s defense a week after escaping Lubbock with a wild win against texas Tech. At Texas, a 1-4 start has already put the thoughts of missing the postseason entirely to reality.

TCU quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Trevone Boykin ended his day with 332 yards and five touchdowns through the air, and another 52 rushing yards for good measure. Boykin had three touchdown passes in the first quarter alone, when TCU stomped on Texas with a 30-0 quarter. The quarterback situation for texas is not nearly as good. Tyrone Swoopes completed five of eight attempts for 74 yards, and Jerrod Heard completed just eight of his 20 passes for 48 yards. Two TCU receivers, Josh Doctson and KaVontae Turpin, had over 100 receiving yards and the two combined for six touchdown catches.

The start for Texas was about as bad as it could be. The Longhorns fumbled away the football on their second play on offense and a special teams mishap turned into a safety to give TCU two more points on their second possession. By the time the Longhorns put a dent on the scoreboard, in the fourth quarter, TCU had already scored 50 points.

Patience at Texas is essential for any rebuilding work to be done by head coach Charlie Strong, or any coach for that matter. The question is how much patience will Strong be given, and will it be enough to allow Strong to work his plan. You know things are bad when the TV announcers on the call for the game have to fill time by defending why Strong should hold on to his job as head coach of the Longhorns. Texas is three losses away from being eliminated from postseason consideration, and this Longhorns team still has to play Baylor, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech.

Good luck Charlie. You’re going to need it.

TCU’s next test will come on the road next week against Kansas State. The two biggest games of the season for TCU may not come until the final weeks with a road game at an emerging Oklahoma and a home game to wrap up the regular season against Baylor.

TE Jordan Wilson to transfer from UCLA

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UCLA redshirt junior Jordan Wilson has announced he is leaving the Bruins. In a post on his Twitter account on Friday afternoon, Wilson announced he is entering the transfer portal with the intent of finishing up his collegiate career with some other program.

“[I’d] like to announce that I will be entering the transfer portal, graduating at the end of the Spring quarter, and playing my final year of eligibility somewhere else,” Wilson announced in a statement on his Twitter account.

The decision of Wilson to leave UCLA comes at an unfortunate time for the Bruins. Wilson was likely to be a starter at tight end for UCLA in the fall. Wilson is the third tight end to leave UCLA this offseason. Devin Asiasi previously made the decision to declare for the NFL draft a year early. Matt Lynch also stepped into the transfer portal. Now, UCLA has a wide-open competition for playing time at the tight end spot beginning this spring.

Wilson caught seven passes for 72 yards for UCLA in 2019. He will leave UCLA having caught 25 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the past three seasons. As a graduate transfer, Wilson will be eligible to play his final year of eligibility anywhere he ends up this fall.

USC nabs Todd Orlando from Texas Tech

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USC has a new defensive coordinator. The Trojans announced on Friday the school has officially hired Todd Orlando to fill the role of defensive coordinator. Orlando joins USC after coaching the past three seasons at Texas.

Orlando actually joined the Texas Tech program after being let go by Texas following staff changes with the Longhorns. Despite landing a job with the Red Raiders, Orlando remained a top target for USC head coach Clay Helton.

“We are excited to have Todd join our Trojan football program,” Helton said in a released statement. “He is an experienced and successful defensive coordinator who has made an impact everywhere he has coached. He brings a passion, energy, toughness and discipline to his coaching and those characteristics were evident in our discussions. His defensive system poses an extreme challenge to offenses.”

Orlando replaces Clancy Pendergast, who was let go by Helton amid USC’s own staff changes after a down 2019 season. As previously mentioned (HERE), Orlando actually had worse defensive numbers compared to what Pendergast coached with USC last season. However, a contrast of playing styles and offensive outputs between the schedule Texas faced in 2019 (including games against LSU and Oklahoma) and what USC faced could lead to some skewed figures.

Orlando’s first test as a defensive coordinator will be a monster. USC opens the 2020 season in Arlington, Texas against Alabama.

Cal loses assistant Gerald Alexander to NFL job

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Cal assistant coach Gerald Alexander is leaving to coach with the Miami Dolphins. Alexander confirmed in a message posted on his Twitter account he is heading to the NFL for a coaching opportunity. Multiple reports have confirmed it will be with the Miami Dolphins.

Alexander thanked Cal head coach Justin Wilcox for the opportunity to be a part of Wilcox’s first coaching staff at Cal.

Alexander joined the Cal program in 2017 and spent the past three seasons as a defensive backs coach for the program. He has played a role in helping to coach one of the better defensive teams in the Pac-12. He previously coached at Montana State, Indiana State and with Chris Peterssen at Washington. Alexander played for Petersen at Boise State.

This will mark a return to the NFL for Alexander. He previously played in the league for five seasons with the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and, appropriately enough, the Miami Dolphins. Alexander was a second-round draft pick of Detroit in 2007.

Tulane officially adds Oklahoma State transfer LB Kevin Henry

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One of the nearly dozen Oklahoma State football players who entered the transfer portal this cycle has found a new collegiate home.

Thursday, Tulane announced that Kevin Henry has officially been added to the program’s roster.  As the linebacker left the Oklahoma State football team as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play for the AAC team immediately in 2020.

The upcoming season will serve as Henry’s final year of eligibility.  Henry had previously been awarded a sixth season from the NCAA after taking a redshirt as a true freshman and then missing all but one game of 2017 because of a torn ACL.

A three-star member of the Oklahoma State football Class of 2015, Henry was rated as the No. 25 safety in the country.  He was also the No. 20 player regardless of position in the state of Louisiana.  Only one signee on the defensive side of the ball in OSU’s class that year, defensive tackle Darrion Daniels, was rated higher than Henry.

Daniels, incidentally, ultimately finished up his collegiate playing career at Nebraska after transferring to the Cornhuskers in December of 2018.

During his time in Stillwater, Henry played in a total of 36 games, including a dozen appearances this past season.  He started one of those three-dozen games, Oklahoma State football’s Liberty Bowl win over Missouri following the 2018 regular season.

In those appearances, Daniels was credited with 51 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed.