Texas Christian University heads into week one of Big 12 play supporting the top passing defense in the conference a season ago. Gary Patterson’s defense allowed only 199.7 yards through the air per contest last season. The Horned Frogs pass defense was arguably the strength of their team in 2019, as they were relatively average against the run, while on the offensive end they struggled to move the ball ultimately leading to a 5-7 record on the season.
Star safety, Trevon Moehrig was one of the lone bright spots on the TCU roster last season. The 6’2” defensive back was key in making Patterson’s pass defense so successful. As a true sophomore last season, Moehrig was Pro Football Focus’ highest graded safety in all of FBS. He made plays all over the field with four interceptions and 11 pass breakups, while even ranking second on the team in tackles with 62 ultimately leading to a All-Big 12 first team selection.
Iowa State’s offensive identity in 2019 was the passing game, as they ranked 11th in the whole country in passing yards per game. In its first matchup of the year against Louisiana--Lafayette this was not the case, as Brock Purdy 16 of 35 for only 145 yards and one interception with no touchdowns. If the Cyclones would like the find more results in the win column, the Brocketship blasting off with the passing game right beside him will be key to their success.
In order for the Cyclone passing game to reach its potential against TCU this Saturday, avoiding Trevon Moehrig will be key. Game planning for a ball-hawk do-it-all safety can be difficult because you can’t just throw a double team on him as you would a star d-lineman, or you can’t just not throw to him as you would a shutdown corner. Purdy knowing where Moehrig is at all times is the best you can do, as a player with his talent has the capability to take over any game at any moment.