TCU Football: How Losing LaDarius Brown Shakes Up 2014 Offense

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TCU Football: How Losing LaDarius Brown Shakes Up 2014 Offense
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TCU didn't waste much time dismissing wide receiver LaDarius Brown. 

According to Jake Harris of TCU360.com and Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brown was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession Sunday night. By Tuesday afternoon, Brown was no longer on the official online roster

A statement from TCU obtained by the Star-Telegram said Brown was dismissed for violating team rules. 

Due to a violation of team rules, LaDarius Brown has been removed from our football program. This is very unfortunate. We provide our student-athletes with all the guidelines and principles to be successful on and off the field. At some point, they have to govern themselves. It’s a sad day for everyone.

Two years ago, TCU and head coach Gary Patterson came under the microscope when four players were expelled after being arrested on drug charges. Later that year, quarterback Casey Pachall left the team to seek treatment for substance abuse issues. 

Whether this was Brown's first offense is unclear. Per Stevenson, however, the tone around the program has changed since two years ago.  

As far as football is concerned, where does Brown's dismissal leave the Frogs? A big-bodied wideout at 6'4" and 220 pounds, Brown tied for first on the team in receptions (36) and was third in receiving yards (393) last season. Losing him is no minor hiccup. 

Still, the Frogs are well-stocked with young, big receivers. Of the 12 different wideouts who caught a pass last year, including quarterback/athlete Trevone Boykin, 10 are returning. Add highly-touted incoming freshman Emanuel Porter and TCU has plenty to work with at the position. 

TCU's receivers underperformed in 2013, as did the Frogs' offense as a whole. Brandon Carter had an especially tough year with drops. But things began coming together for the wideouts toward the end of the season. Hopefully for the Frogs, it was a sign of things to come. 

With a new Air Raid offense being installed, the ceiling is high for this group. There's good size at the position—11 receivers on roster measure 6'0" or taller—and plenty of depth. Even with Brown, there was expected to be plenty of competition at wide receiver this offseason. 

Will TCU miss Brown? Of course, but his absence should not be insurmountable. 

 

Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. 

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