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2015 feeling like 2010 for TCU football team

Former TCU QB Andy Dalton, pictured with his wife Jordan in March of 2014, is hosting his annual fundraiser at Joe T. Garcia’s on April 1. It raises money for “Andy and Jordan's Hub”. The Hub is a locker filled with iPads, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming systems and other items to help pass the time while a child is undergoing treatment or recovery.
Former TCU QB Andy Dalton, pictured with his wife Jordan in March of 2014, is hosting his annual fundraiser at Joe T. Garcia’s on April 1. It raises money for “Andy and Jordan's Hub”. The Hub is a locker filled with iPads, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming systems and other items to help pass the time while a child is undergoing treatment or recovery. Star-Telegram

Let us take a moment to annually lobby TCU to retire/honor Andy Dalton’s No. 14. He was the face of the best team and the best run for TCU in the modern era, and he deserves to have his career enshrined by the program. Get this done.

Moving on … Andy Dalton is working out these days at TCU, and living in west Fort Worth. On Wednesday, April 1 he will host his annual charity fundraiser at Joe T. Garcia’s to raise money for “The Hub” at Cook Children’s Hospital. The Hub is a locker filled with iPads, computers, DVD players, gaming systems and other fun electronics to help pass the time while a child is undergoing treatment or recovery. This event, which is open to the public, raises money for Cook’s Children’s hospital in Fort Worth. Click here for more information on AndyDalton.Org.

Fort Worth’s favorite quarterback still follows his alma mater, and I asked him in a recent interview if he sees any similarities between the 2015 TCU team and his 2010 team that won the Rose Bowl. The simple question was rooted in a team that returns with a mostly intact starting lineup with high expectations.

“There are going to be high expectations, but it does not matter where you start,” he said. “The thing that was good for us when I was playing was that we knew we had to go undefeated. We knew if we lost we would go to the Whatever Bowl.”

It should not be this way, but 2015 feels a lot like 2010.

In 2010, TCU was coming off a perfect regular season. Its one loss was to Boise State in the BCS Fiesta Bowl. Entering Dalton’s final season, TCU again had to be perfect to have any shot at a BCS game. It wound up going to the Rose Bowl, where the Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin to finish No. 2 in the final AP poll. Playing in the Mountain West Conference left TCU and Dalton no choice but to be perfect during the regular season to have any prayer for a prime postseason game.

It is 2015, and after last season’s brilliant 12-1 season and Big 12 title, shared with Baylor, it still feels like the Frogs’ have to be perfect. How the new college football playoff jobbed TCU out of one the final four playoff spots left everyone at TCU saying next time they just can’t lose. Just like 2010.

“We knew back then if we did lose we were going to lose every chance to do what we wanted,” he said. “Gary Patterson will do a good job with them. They might be pretty good, but he will do a good job making them think they aren’t as good as they really are and motivating them. They will go out and play and play well. It’s going to be new guys and new pieces and a new team. But what I would tell them is does not matter where you start.”

And like 2010, in 2015 TCU has a senior quarterback who has started a slew of games, and is regarded as one of the top players at his position going into his final year. Dalton is a fan of Trevone Boykin.

“He’s played running back and wide receiver and he’s done it all,” Dalton said. “He has that element to run it really well. He can throw it and he has put himself in that position. The offense fits him so well. It was fun to see him really come into that role and just take it over.”

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @macengelprof

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