In today's mailbag we chat about Texas’ dream scenario at quarterback, TCU linebackers and Baylor’s secondary. To submit questions for next week's mailbag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @bchatmon.
@BChatmon what is a reasonable expectation for Tyree Horton, a JUCO transfer LB for TCU, next fall?
— Michael Darmitzel (@mikedtcu) April 26, 2016
Brandon Chatmon: I have high expectations for Tyree Horton. His addition to the Horned Frogs' linebackers would give them a strong group of playmakers at the position. Montrel Wilson, Travin Howard and Ty Summers would join Horton to give Gary Patterson's defense quality depth and physical tone setters. Horton's ability to make plays against the run or pass and from sideline-to-sideline makes it easy to understand why Patterson wanted to add his talents into the mix even though he already had good options at the position.
@BChatmon How do you feel about Baylor's secondary with Houston as the projected starter and Cobb joining soon? Thoughts on Davion Hall?
— Ryan Daugherty (@rynodaugherty) May 3, 2016
Chatmon: It feels like the Bears are slowly upgrading the talent in the secondary including Jameson Houston and Parrish Cobb. It seems like Baylor's redshirted class of defensive backs from a year ago could be a good group. I think things are looking up in Baylor's secondary, and it's not like it was the weak link in the defense anyway. As far as Davion Hall, I've always felt like the defensive secondary was his home so I think the move from receiver to safety was a good long-term decision for himself and Baylor. I wouldn't be surprised to see him become a real factor at safety.
— Scott G (@scottmgold) May 3, 2016
Chatmon: This is the ideal scenario for Longhorns fans obviously but if it does occur, the sky is the limit for Texas. The Longhorns could find themselves in the Big 12 title race and, quite possibly, into consideration for a College Football Playoff spot. And at the very least they would return to a bowl game. The schedule -- Notre Dame, Cal, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State before mid-October -- would be the main reason I wouldn't expect a Big 12 title or College Football Playoff berth under this scenario as that is asking a lot from a true freshman in his first few games as a college quarterback. The overall talent is good enough to accomplish anything if Buechele somehow matches McCoy's freshman numbers (2,570 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, seven interceptions). But, overall, I'll go with 9-3 in this scenario.
@BChatmon any chance whatsoever of pulling any teams from other P5 conferences for expansion?
— OmahaJayhawk (@KUAlum2000) May 3, 2016
Chatmon: I'd never say never but it's unlikely. There aren't many reasons why a school from a Power 5 conference would leave to join the Big 12. If/when the Big 12 expands, we're likely looking a non-Power 5 additions.
— DAVID CHESTNUT (@Chestnut_22) May 3, 2016
Chatmon: I doubt it. A record of 6-0 means zero missteps in games over Missouri, BYU, Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. That's asking a lot for a team that lost a several NFL draftees off its defense and the Big 12's rushing leader. I think a one or two-loss record is a very real possibility however. It won't be easy though.
@BChatmon 8 out of the 11 WVU D starters from last season signed with an NFL team.Have you seen a B12 D rebound from that loss of talent b4?
— Country Roads (@CountryRoads2) May 3, 2016
Chatmon: It depends on what you consider rebounding I suppose. I don't think West Virginia will be one of the Big 12's best defenses again -- i.e. top three -- but I don't think defense will be a glaring weakness either. There's still some talent on the roster. The problem is, in the Big 12, one or two moments of inexperience on defense can result in one or two touchdowns. I think the Mountaineers defense can finish in the top half of the conference but I'm not expecting it to be as good as it was a year ago.
Don in Flower Mound, Texas writes: I’d like to hear your thoughts on the pending quarterback competition between Trevone Boykin and Vernon Adams for the Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback post?
Chatmon: I’d put my money on Boykin to win that battle. And, if reports are to be believed, the Seahawks are thinking the same way having given the former TCU quarterback one of the biggest bonuses given to an undrafted player. It should be a pretty good competition but Boykin seemed to rise to the occasion during his time at TCU and I think that could continue at the next level. I doubt it is a battle to be the backup quarterback however, expect Seattle to sign a veteran for that job.