After a tough 2013 season for the TCU Horned Frogs, 2014 is getting off to a rough start as well. LaDarius Brown was stopped by police on Sunday night after he allegedly rolled through a stop sign. The officer smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle, ultimately charging Brown with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. He was released from custody on Monday on $500 bond and dismissed from the football team on Wednesday.
TCU released a statement on the matter stating simply that Brown had violated team rules and was removed from the football program. Last season, Brown finished tied for first on the team in receptions with 36 catches and finished No. 3 in yards (393) while scoring two touchdowns. He finishes his TCU career with 63 catches for 778 yards and seven touchdowns.
While Brown failed to really take the next step after his strong freshman debut in 2012, he figured to be a key piece of the wide receiver group in 2014 after what was an all-around disappointing effort in 2013. Josh Doctson, David Porter, and Brandon Carter will all be back next fall but none of them had all that much success last season with Doctson leading the team with 36 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns.
For a passing offense that ranked No. 72 in FBS last season, the Horned Frogs could have used every weapon they could get in the passing game next season. With Brown getting booted from the program, an already diluted receiver pool loses one of its better options. Can one of the returning starters step up and replace Brown’s lost production or will TCU be doomed to another disappointing season in 2014?