Junior wide receiver Kolby Listenbee was the talk of fall camp.
On Saturday, the Arlington Bowie grad proved what the talk was about, leading the Horned Frogs with 76 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions in their 48-14 victory over Samford.
His first catch of the game was a 38-yard fade to the corner of the end zone. It was just the fourth catch of his career. He scored in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard fade from Matt Joeckel.
“He’s probably one of the fastest guys in the Big 12 and people know that know, so hopefully he’ll get some respect,” TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin said.
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Listenbee — a member on the track team’s all-American 4x100 relay team as well as a 100- and 200-meter sprinter — said the recent track season made him a better receiver.
“I knew I was fast, but I didn’t really realize until track season last season,” he said. “Coach P started realizing it and telling people about me, so it kind of helped me out and help me believe in myself.”
He was followed by sophomore Ty Slanina with 60 yards and a team high 6 catches.
Beyond Listenbee, quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Joeckel targeted 12 receivers Saturday night.
“When we go so fast, you really don’t pay any attention to it,” Boykin said. “All these guys make plays, so whoever is out there I’m going to throw it to them and they’re going to make it.”
Freshman Desmon White, a DeSoto product, picked up his first career catch for 6 yards and a first down in the fourth quarter. Freshman Emanuel Porter tallied his first career catch in the fourth quarter for an 8-yard gain.
Running back rotation
Patterson had said all four running backs would play.
He was correct, but with an unbalanced rotation.
Through the majority of the first quarter, the Frogs stuck with one back through the course of a drive, beginning with junior B.J. Catalon. Aaron Green was the first to spell Catalon.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Hicks was handed the ball a few times in the first half, but saw most of his action in the third quarter.
Finally, Trevorris Johnson got his first touch in the fourth quarter and eventually scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard power rush up the middle.
TCU junior kicker Jaden Oberkrom connected for a school-record 80th consecutive point-after attempt with his first PAT of the game. The kick snapped the record held by Michael Reeder, who played from 1994-97.
Stopping the rush
Before the fourth quarter, Patterson offered an ultimatum to the defensive line.
Through three quarters Samford had 96 rushing yards. If it finished with more than 100, the team would practice in pads on Sunday.
Ultimately, Samford finished with 87 yards on the ground.
“If we’ve had to, then we had to. I’m not going to argue with the man,” defensive end Mike Tuaua said about practicing in pads.
Tuaua finished with a team-high two sacks, which wasn’t anything new to Patterson.
“Mike gets off the ball well,” Patterson said.
TCU honored Samford coach Pat Sullivan at halftime along with the 1994 TCU team, which was the Southwest Conference co-champion.
Sullivan coached TCU from 1992-97.
He was not able to make the trip because of health issues, but members of his family attended the game.
As a part of the ceremony TCU announced the endowment of the Pat and Jean Sullivan Scholarship.