September 26, 2018
First-year starters at quarterback.
At the Sept. 15 Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium, Shawn Robinson posted career highs in completions (24), attempts (40) passing yards (308) and total offense (315) against Ohio State. Photo by Glen E. Ellman
There are always growing pains. It’s a fact of the game of football. The most difficult position on the field. One that touches ball on every play and the one position that’s highlighted more than any other. It’s not easy. There are good days and bad days. And it takes time to grow into the role. What many forget is that the quarterback, from play to play, is a beneficiary and a victim all at the same time — dependent on what the other 10 guys on offense do. Blockers gotta block, receivers gotta catch, etc., etc.
In light of all the quarterback talk this week, I made a list of all the TCU quarterbacks since 1980. I tried to find one that didn’t go through the same trials and tribulations that Shawn Robinson is going through right now. There’s not one. They all struggled early in their tenure as a starter. Some went on to win conference championships, bowl games and even a Rose Bowl. Know this: They ALL went through it.
Here’s the list. Enjoy reminiscing and remember that one day, 35 years from now, Shawn Robinson will be on this list, probably as one of the best ever.
Iowa State’s defense is good. We look at them Friday.
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John Denton has been the color analyst for the TCU Sports Network from IMG since 1988. A former standout for the Horned Frog football team, Denton went from walk-on to a four-year lettermen as a kicker and punter for the Purple and White from 1981-84 and completed his career at the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl. Shown here with his former coach, the late Jim Wacker, Denton currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for TCU Athletics.
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