The Wisconsin Badgers will be in Pasadena for the 2011 Rose Bowl to take on TCU in no time and we are getting more pumped by the day. Today we thought we would introduce you to the 3 TCU 2010 All Americans as these guys are clearly some of the play makers on their football team to watch for in the Rose Bowl.
First Team AP All American
#3 Tejay Johnson a senior safety listed at 6-1 and 212 pounds who went to high school in Garland Texas where he was a three star recruit. He played as a true freshman and has started since his sophomore year, he was second team All-Mountain West Conference last year with 3 interceptions and 59 tackles. This year he has 3 interceptions and 53 tackles so not really a jump in production and nothing truly eye-popping either these are hardly Jimmy Leonard OMG numbers so we aren't sure there is that much reason to worry about him somehow dominating a game. The thing that makes Johnson stand out is he is supposedly a very strong leader and communicator on and off the field, he is even earning his degree in sign language because he believes in the power of communication.
TCU Second Team AP All American
#76 Jake Kirkpatrick in a senior center listed at 6-3 and 305 pounds who went to high school in Tyler Texas where he was not even really on the recruiting radar after picking up football in only his last two years of high school. Besides being named to the second team he also won the Rimington Trophy given to the best center in the country. Jake is a fifth year senior after red-shirting his freshman year, he didn't begin starting actually until last year in a season that saw him get the first team for SI and be a Rimington finalist. Pretty impressive stuff for a guy that hasn't been playing football that long. Jake is considered the leader of their potent line and calls out the blocking schemes.
#43 Tank Carder is a 6-2 and 215 pound junior linebacker from Sweeny Texas where he was a 2 star recruit. Now Tank Carder is an interesting story as he was a BMX star at a very young age, yes a BMX star (won a World Championship in France) who was said to be able to become one of the best ever but he gave it up because of the lifestyle. He was also in a horrific car crash in seventh grade where he broke his back, and punctured his lungs and his doctors didn't know if he could walk again. He was voted the pre-season Mountain West defensive player of the year coming into 2010 even after having shoulder surgery in the spring. Tank is known as a defender who is always in position that can move sideline to sideline and brings talents in rushing the QB and defending the pass. Last year was his first year as a starter at TCU and he made the Second Team All Western Conference squad with 89 tackles, 2 sacks,1 interception,1 forced fumble and 11 passes defended. This year the tackles slipped to 55 he had 3 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. Between Tank and Tejay the TCU Horned Frogs clearly have some strength up the middle of their defense.
Clearly there are more impact players for the TCU Horned Frogs and we will be introducing you to some more of them in the coming days. The one thing we will say is we would be more scared if TCU had All-Americans on the defensive line who might neutralize our offensive lineman more, no doubt TCU has some good ones but without any superstars on the line we expect our guys to still be pushing up to the second level where very good things happen in the ground game.
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