GoFrogs: 10 Horned Frogs from 2015 Team are NFL Bound



GoFrogs: 10 Horned Frogs from 2015 Team are NFL Bound

FORT WORTH, Texas — With five draft picks and five free-agent signings, the 2015 TCU football team has 10 players headed to NFL camps.

Signing free-agent contracts are quarterback Trevone Boykin (Seattle Seahawks), running back Aaron Green (Los Angeles Rams), defensive end Terrell Lathan (Tennessee Titans), offensive guard Jamelle Naff (Indianapolis Colts) and place-kicker Jaden Oberkrom(Jacksonville Jaguars).

The draft picks were wide receiver Josh Doctson (first round, Washington Redskins), safety Derrick Kindred (fourth round, Cleveland Browns), offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (fifth round, Philadelphia Eagles), wide receiver Kolby Listenbee (sixth round, Buffalo Bills) and center Joey Hunt (sixth round, Seattle Seahawks).

Boykin, a two-time All-American, ranked second in the nation in total offense last season at 380.6 yards per game. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 3,575 yards with 31 touchdowns. He was also TCU’s second–leading rusher with 612 yards on a 5.0 per carry mark with nine scores.

Since 2009, only four times has a quarterback averaged over 300 yards per game passing and 50 rushing. Boykin did it twice (2014, 2015). The others to accomplish the feat were Heisman Trophy winners Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel. Boykin’s streak of seven consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing and 40 yards rushing was the longest in the nation over the last 20 years.

Since 1996, Boykin led all players nationally with six career games of 400 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. No one else had more than four. Boykin is one of just eight quarterbacks in FBS history with at least 10,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing. He broke Andy Dalton’s TCU career records for touchdown passes (86), passing yards (10,728), completions (830), total offense (12,777) and touchdowns responsible for (114).

Green became TCU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2010 with his team-high 1,272 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry while adding 16 receptions out of the backfield. He totaled 10 career 100-yard games, including six as a senior. His 4-yard fourth-down reception off a tipped pass in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds to play gave TCU a 55-52 win at Texas Tech in 2015.

Lathan, a four-year letterman, made 17 career starts. He concluded his career with 84 tackles, including 24 1/2 for loss, with 14 1/2 sacks. He had a team-high five sacks as a sophomore in 2013.

Naff started 23 consecutive games over the last two seasons, before being sidelined by injury for the final three contests of the 2015 campaign. A three-year letterman, he made 25 starts in his TCU career.

Oberkrom, a 2015 All-American and three-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist, closed his career as the TCU and Big 12 all-time leader in field goals with 79.

Oberkrom was 21-of-25 on field goals as a senior. He was 10-of-11 on attempts of at least 40 yards, including 3-of-3 from beyond 50. He tied a TCU record with a 57-yard field goal against West Virginia. His 46-yard field goal in the second overtime against Oregon forced a third OT in the 47-41 Valero Alamo Bowl win over Oregon.

Oberkrom ranks second in Big 12 history with a 73.8 percentage (31-of-42) on attempts of at least 40 yards. He is the Horned Frogs’ career leader in points scored with 451, tying the Big 12’s all-time mark.

TCU’s five players drafted were its most in a season since five were taken in 2011, following the Horned Frogs’ 13-0 Rose Bowl championship year. It was also one shy of the school record of six picks in the 2001 NFL Draft. TCU had multiple players drafted for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and ninth time in 11 years.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson has now had 41 players drafted with a total of 92 in NFL camps in 15 seasons. ESPN.com recently ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.



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