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This Fresh Five should impact TCU football in 2016

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Gary Patterson had his 2016 Horned Frogs on the practice field Friday in Fort Worth preparing for the upcoming season.
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Gary Patterson had his 2016 Horned Frogs on the practice field Friday in Fort Worth preparing for the upcoming season.

College basketball gave us the Fab Five. USA Gymnastics, during the last two Olympic Games, provided gold-medal-winning contingents dubbed the Fierce Five and the Final Five.

As we approach the start of college football season, it’s time to focus on the Fresh Five. The best part: every major-college program has such a list.

We’re talking about five newcomers who have yet to suit up for your favorite team but are being counted on, based on performances during fall drills, to make on-field impacts during the 2016 season.

Today’s Fresh Five is from TCU:

Kenny Hill, QB: Transfer from Texas A&M threw for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns as the Aggies’ starter during the 2014 season before being replaced in the lineup after a three-game losing streak. The Southlake Carroll graduate was selected by media members as the 2016 Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year in July.

Jeff Gladney, CB: Redshirt freshman is considered the favorite to start and projects to be part of the secondary mix regardless of who takes the first snap in the season opener. Three-star signee was rated the No. 11 cornerback in the state (No. 81 nationally) by Scout.com after his senior season at New Boston.

Taj Williams, WR: Upsized target (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) enrolled in January as the nation’s top-ranked WR prospect from the JC ranks. A four-star prospect out of high school, Williams had 128 catches for 1,593 yards and 20 TDs in two seasons at Iowa Western CC and provides a possible replacement for the graduation loss of standout Josh Doctson. Williams had the lone TD catch in the team’s spring game.

Mat Boesen, DE: Speed rusher collected 12 tackles and three sacks during the 2014 season at Boise State before becoming a JC standout last season at Long Beach CC (57 tackles, 8 sacks, 21.5 TFLs).

Darius Anderson, RB: Four-star freshman signee rushed for 2,274 yards and 30 TDs while averaging 8.7 yards per carry and leading Rosenburg George Ranch to a state championship last season. A versatile, speedy addition to the RB rotation who turned down offers from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M to join the Horned Frogs.

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