TCU’s defense doesn’t need to dazzle. The Frogs just need to hold their own

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Joe Gillespie coaches up members of TCU’s defense during one of the Frogs’ spring practices (TCU Football).


By Jamie Plunkett
Frogs Today staff writer


In 2021, TCU’s defense was like a felled giant. Goliath face down in the mud.

A once proud unit finished 115th in the country in expected points added (EPA), a stat that measures how successful an offense is on any given play. Inversely, EPA measures how well a defense prevents an offense from being successful.

In short, TCU’s defense rarely kept opposing offenses from being successful, especially on the ground. The Frogs allowed seven teams to rush for over 200 yards last season, with SMU breaking the 300-yard mark and Oklahoma State rushing for a ridiculous 447 yards.

In 2022, though, new defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie has a plan for bolstering a defense that strayed so far from the identity Gary Patterson created over two decades.

Move fast, think less, hit hard.

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