On the day that the first “official” top 25 coaches poll arrived in college football, the 20th ranked team in the country suffered a loss that could impact them in a major way for the upcoming season.
Now-former TCU offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje has reportedly quit the team. While the official explanation for the departure was “personal reasons”, that doesn’t lessen the impact of his departure on the Horned Frogs program.
Fabuluje started 12 games last season for TCU, but the more important feature of his game was his ability to protect the quarterback’s blind side as a left tackle. Left tackle is, unquestionably, one of the most important positions on the entire football field, and TCU will be faced with a pure newcomer at that position.
TCU opens their 2013 campaign with a major test of scheduling. The Horned Frogs will travel the short distance to play a default home game at Cowboys Stadium on August 31st, and while that, in itself, isn’t a significant event, the fact that they are squaring off with SEC behemoth LSU is cause for concern.
The deep, talented, LSU defensive line would have caused significant issues for TCU at full strength, but with this significant loss, it will be an even larger challenge right out of the gate.