Of all the games he has played at Amon G. Carter Stadium, two that stick out for TCU senior Ranthony Texada are from his freshman year — the wins against Oklahoma and Kansas State.
Friday’s game against Baylor may be the most memorable for his family, however.
It will match the Horned Frogs’ cornerback against his younger brother, Raleigh Texada, a freshman cornerback for Baylor, in their first meeting on the same field in college and their last chance to do so.
“He’s been through a lot since he’s been at Baylor already, coming off an injury and stuff,” Texada said. “He’s back out there. He’s played in the past few games. So I’m happy for him.”
Raleigh Texada redshirted last year at Baylor after signing out of Frisco Centennial, where Ranthony also played. This year, Raleigh has played in two games and recorded one tackle.
“We’re not far from our hometown, so all of our family members have been able to see us play,” said Ranthony, who should make his 40th start for TCU on Friday.
There could be a third Texada cornerback on the way in Ridge Texada, a sophomore at Centennial. Ranthony says he may be the most athletic of all and is currently the biggest threat at the Thanksgiving meal.
“I have a big family, so I wasn’t even the first one picked,” he said of the family football games.
So all three brothers are cornerbacks?
The oldest Texada explains why, at least in his case.
“You go to camps and stuff, and you see the wide receiver line is huge,” he said. The corner line doesn’t have as many people in it. I always jumped in that line.”
At TCU, Texada has started every game this season, recording an interception and a career-high 12 pass breakups, plus a forced fumble. He had two interceptions as a freshman, but a knee injury limited him to three games as a sophomore.
He is part of a senior class for the Frogs that enters Friday’s game with a 38-12 record, including Peach and Alamo bowl victories and a Big 12 co-championship. A victory Friday would also get these seniors their third double-digit victory season in four years and go undefeated at home for the third time in four years.
“We’ll have to take care of business this weekend, but over the years, it’s been a fun ride at TCU, and I’ve enjoyed it a lot,” Texada said. “I think we’ve definitely shown over the years that we can compete at the highest level and against any conference.”
And now, after Friday, against family.
No. 12 TCU vs. Baylor
11 a.m. Friday, FS1