TCU’s depth was the big question this spring while the Horned Frogs prepared for their first season in the Big 12 Conference.
Now, three months before the season opener, the Frogs’ depth keeps taking hits.
Offensive lineman Carter Wall and linebacker Deryck Gildon are no longer on the team, several sources said. They join running back Ed Wesley, who left the team for family reasons, and offensive lineman Nykiren Wellington, who transferred last week to Trinity Valley Community College. Gildon is still on the roster but the others have been removed.
That brings the total number of players lost this spring to eight, including four players kicked off the team in February. Linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey, offensive lineman Ty Horn, and defensive back Devin Johnson were kicked off the team during drug-selling sting.
The loss of Wesley, who led the Frogs in rushing with 1,078 yards in 2010, is a blow to the backfield, but TCU has Waymon James and Matthew Tucker returning. They both rushed for over 700 yards in 2011. Aundre Dean, a former Parade All-American is a senior who has been used in a limited role the last two years after transferring from UCLA.
The loss of Wall and Wellington hurts the already thin depth at offensive line.
The reasons behind the four latest departures remains unclear, but several sources said they are all grade related.
-- Stefan Stevenson