#collegesafety | a dangerous secondary headlines Patterson’s defense

Here are five things Texas Tech fans need to know about the Red Raiders’ Week 12 opponent: the TCU Horned Frogs.

The world’s most dangerous man: Jalen Reagor

Junior wide receiver Jalen Reagor might be the most dangerous player in open space in the entire conference. This season his receiving numbers are down but that is expected with a true freshman quarterback. Reagor is averaging 18 yards per punt return including a 73 yard touchdown return in which he initially muffed the punt.

Through nine games Reagor has just 33 catches for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns. As a runner this year Reagor’s production has also dropped as he’s averaging only 5.7 yards per carry compared to last year’s 13.1. He’s still a nightmare to defend against in open space and can easily take over a game at any time.

A dangerous secondary

Gary Patterson teams always defend well and this 2019 squad is no exception. Headlining this defense is a dangerous pair of players in the secondary. Redshirt senior corner back Jeff Gladney is putting up an excellent final collegiate season as he has a career-high 12 pass deflections to go along with his interception and 1.5 tackles for loss.

As great a season as Gladney is having it pales in comparison to Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. The sophomore safety has been all over the field breaking up passes, racking up tackles, and tallying interceptions. Moehrig-Woodard has a team-high four interceptions along with 9 pass deflections, a forced fumble, and 47 tackles. Those 47 total tackles rank him second on the team to Garret Wallow.

Max Duggan is a work in progress

Starting a true freshman at qb only happens in one of two situations. Either the true freshman is incredibly talented or the team has no choice. TCU brought in grad transfer Alex Delton from Kansas State to presumably start this season. That didn’t end up happening. Instead, Max Duggan took the job with a strong spring.Max Duggan was a four star dual-threat recruit ranked by 247 as the fifth best dual-threat qb and the best recruit in the state of Iowa.

Running the ball hasn’t been a problem for Duggan as his 365 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns are third on the team. His passing skills leave lots of room for improvement. As a freshman he’s thrown for 1545 yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His best game of the season came in the win against Texas where Duggan was accurate through the air and dangerous on the ground. Though his last two games have been filled with growing pains. As a passer against Oklahoma State and Baylor Duggan combined for 35-71 passing for 398 yards, 2 TDs, and 6 interceptions. Duggan has thrown an interception in each of his last three games while having none in his first six games. Texas Tech’s secondary will likely continue this trend.

A plethora of pass rushers

Though TCU is only averaging two sacks per game they’re coming from all different players across the defensive line and even some from the linebackers. Leading the way with 3.5 sacks is junior DT Ross Blacklock. Just behind him are defensive ends Ochaun Mathis and Corey Bethley along with linebacker Garret Wallow all with 2.5 sacks.

Wallow leads the team in tackles (94), tackles for loss (12), and solo tackles (60). Last year Wallow played at strong safety but has moved to linebacker this year and become the backbone of the linebacking corps in 2019.

Kicking excellence

Among kickers with 10 or more attempts senior Jonathan Song has the fifth best made field goal percentage in the country. Song has made 17-18 field goals this season and is 31-31 on extra points. For his career Song is 96-98 on extra points and 34-38 on field goals.

The Fort Worth native doesn’t kick often from distance as his career-long is a 46 yarder against Texas in 2018 but he is more consistent than anyone could reasonably expect a college kicker to be

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