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TCU WR Quentin Johnston, RB Kendre Miller Declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2023

TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) and running back Kendre Miller (33) celebrate the team's win over Texas in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)
AP Photo/Stephen Spillman

TCU will have to replace its leading rusher and leading receiver after Kendre Miller and Quentin Johnston both declared for the 2023 NFL draft.

Both players announced their decisions Monday on social media.

Miller ran for 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns, while Johnston caught 60 passes for 1,069 yards and six scores. They helped the Horned Frogs beat Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Johnston is the No. 7 overall player and top wideout on Bleacher Report's 2023 big board.

B/R's Derrik Klassen compared the 6'4" wideout to three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, which is the kind of praise that speaks for itself:

"For offenses looking for a big-bodied No. 1 to center the passing game around, Johnston is the player for the job. His ability down the field and with the ball in his hands should give him a reasonably high floor while he irons out his technique and consistency seeing the ball in.
"Johnston has the makings of a Pro Bowl receiver, especially if paired with an aggressive quarterback."

TCU far exceeded everyone's expectations going 12-1 in the regular season and then taking down the Wolverines. Head coach Sonny Dykes is discovering how difficult maintaining that level can be.

Along with losing Johnston and Miller, leading passer and Heisman Trophy runner-up Max Duggan has declared for the draft. Dee Winters and Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, two key starters from the defense, and consensus All-American offensive lineman Steve Avila are graduating.

The departures aren't limited to the roster. Offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, who won the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football, accepted the same job at Clemson.

At this point, hitting the transfer portal might not even be enough for Dykes to fill in all of the gaps. The 2023 season is shaping up to be a retooling year for the program.