TCU will play Georgia in the College Football National Championship Playoff at 6:30 pm Monday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
TCU went from being unranked in the preseason to becoming the first team in Texas to make the college football playoffs since its inception in 2014–2015. TCU is also the first Big 12 team to advance to a national championship in the current format. Oklahoma has made the college football playoffs four times (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), but lost in the semifinals each time.
Georgia participates in the national championship for the second time in a row, having won the championship last year. In Georgia’s previous two appearances at the CFP National Championship, the Bulldogs have faced SEC opponent Alabama both times.
There is no player from East Texas on the Georgia roster, but the Bulldogs have eight people who played high school football in Texas, including Ennis’ back-up quarterback Collin Drake. Linebacker Bear Alexander played a season at the Dallas Skyline when he was in the same area as Tyler Legacy. Alexander also played for Terrell and Denton Ryan in his career before graduating from the IMG Academy in Florida.
TCU, on the other hand, is swamped with East Texas products.
Here’s a look at nine East Texans on the Horned Frogs list:
Kendra Miller running back, Mount Enterprise: This season, Miller has 224 carries for 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has 16 catches for 116 yards. In his three years with the Horned Frogs, Miller made 361 carries for 2,410 yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as 29 receptions for 229 yards and a touchdown. Miller was named to the All-Big 12 First Team running back.
Terrell Cooper, defensive line, Lindale: Cooper has 18 tackles this season, three of them for a loss, a half sack, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. In his five-year career, Cooper made 100 tackles, 13.5 tackles to lose, four sacks, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. Cooper starts in defense of the Horned Frogs.
Deshawn McQueen, Security, Jacksonville: McQueen has nine tackles and one pass this season. He played in 22 games for the Horned Frogs and has 17 tackles with an interception and two interrupted passes.
Savion Williams, wide receiver, Marshall: This season, Williams has 29 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns. In three years at TCU, Williams had 36 catches for 471 yards and four touchdowns.
Chris Dyke, offensive line, Wang: Dyke doesn’t keep statistics, but he played against Iowa State this season. He played in two games in 2021, one game in 2020 and one game in 2019.
Marcus Williams, offensive line, Longview: Williams appeared in 11 games this season, including the national semi-finals against Michigan. Williams is second on the left tackle depth chart. Williams played in two games in 2020 and one game in 2021.
Garret Hayes, offensive line, Athens: Hayes has played in 12 games this season and has a tackle. He appeared in nine games in 2021 and two games in 2020. Hayes is second on the depth table among left-backs.
DJ Allen, Receiver, Gladewater: The freshman, who was a four-star rookie, did not record any statistics for TCU this season.
Riley Self, offensive line, Lufkin: The redshirt freshman did not record any statistics for TCU.
Jordan Hudson, who was on Team Garland that Tyler Legacy defeated in the 2021 high school football playoffs, plays at TCU.
Josh Hoover, who played in the Tyler Legacy area of Rockwall Heat, is the backup quarterback for the Horned Frogs.
TCU offensive lineman Brandon Coleman previously played at Trinity Valley Community College.
TCU linebacker Caleb Fox previously played for Stephen F. Austin.
Former Longview wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is TCU’s assistant head coach and outside wide receivers coach. Kelly played in Oklahoma before being selected by Washington in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.