The TCU defense has struggled the final two instances it has taken the soccer discipline, to place it properly.
In the Jan. 9, 2023 nationwide championship recreation in opposition to Georgia, TCU allowed 65 factors on 589 yards. In opening the 2023 college soccer season, the Horned Frogs allowed 45 factors and 564 yards to Colorado, giving up 4 touchdowns on six second-half possessions earlier than the Buffaloes ran out the clock.
TCU linebacker Johnny Hodges was on the discipline for each video games, and the junior defender is fed up.
“I guess you could say it’s a wake-up call,” Hodges mentioned Tuesday. “I don’t know how losing in the national championship by 60 isn’t a wake-up call, but right now, we’re definitely the laughingstock of college football. Having 22 missed tackles, having who knows how many missed assignments, making our defensive coordinator look awful. Just making his defense look like it’s a childhood kid’s defense and him getting all this slack. So, if it’s not a wake-up call, then I don’t know what it is.”
Hodges passionately defended TCU defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie, saying he gave them the data they wanted going into the recreation.
“I know our defensive coordinator is taking a lot of heat right now, and it’s really upsetting to me, and I’m sure to other guys because he’s done nothing but put us in situations to succeed,” Hodges mentioned.
Hodges mentioned Gillespie had them well-prepared for what the Colorado offense would do, placing the onus on the gamers for not receiving the message.
“Somehow the message wasn’t relayed,” Hodges advised reporters. “The communication was definitely lackluster, and it’s very, very upsetting that our defensive coordinator has to take all this slack when he did nothing but tell us exactly what was going to happen. And put us in situations in practice that mocked the game, and we weren’t able to take what he told us and bring it on the field on Saturday.”
The Horned Frogs fell from the Seventeenth-ranked team in the nation to out of the top-25 after the loss, with Colorado jumping from unranked to No. 22 in The Associated Press ballot.
TCU welcomes Nicholls State to Fort Worth in Week 2 earlier than kicking off its Big 12 schedule in opposition to the Houston Cougars in Week 3.