Former TCU Horned Frogs Find Homes in the NFL

By Jamie Plunkett
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Over the past few years, TCU has steadily placed more and more players in the NFL. It started four years ago when Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington went in the first and second rounds of the NFL Draft, respectively. Not to mention Andy Dalton, current starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Jeremy Kerley, the leading receiver for the New York Jets in 2012, two years ago, along with starting left guard for the Green Bay Packers Marshall Newhouse. The Frogs also saw Marcus Cannon go in the fifth round a year ago and now, Josh Boyce and Stansly Maponga can be added to the list of drafted Horned Frogs.

In total, five former TCU Horned Frogs were either drafted or signed as undrafted free agents with NFL teams this year. They continue to help build the legacy of Gary Patterson, who is showing more and more that he helps get players ready to perform at the next level.

Matthew Tucker, Skye Dawson and Blaize Foltz join Boyce and Maponga as former Horned Frogs in the NFL, part of an ever growing contingency. Tucker signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dawson with the Washington Redskins and Foltz with the New Orleans Saints, all as undrafted free agents.

While Boyce and Maponga both left a year early for the NFL, Tucker, Dawson and Foltz were all graduating seniors. However, Boyce, unlike Maponga, received his degree before he left school.

Boyce’s broken toe and Maponga’s leg injuries may have hurt their draft stock a little bit, but they should both be pretty pleased with where they ended up.

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