ARLINGTON, Texas — Shameik Blackshear didn’t put up gaudy numbers at South Carolina. He had one career sack and five tackles for loss (four coming last season) in 17 career games before coming to TCU as a graduate transfer.
But those numbers don’t tell the whole story.
TCU coach Gary Patterson consistently has brought up Blackshear’s name throughout the offseason, and even had him listed atop the depth chart at right end coming out of spring practices.
Patterson feels that Blackshear will be able to showcase his pass rush skills better in TCU’s 4-2-5 defense.
“He played in a 50-scheme (at South Carolina) and now he’s in a four-man front,” Patterson said at Big 12 Media Days last week. “We watched him on film and he did a lot of things.”
TCU is hoping that Blackshear does a lot of positive things this season. This is a program that is looking to replace two first-team All-Big 12 defensive ends in L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu.
Blackshear, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, is known for his bull rush.
With the losses of Collier and Banogu, it’s nice to have a veteran with SEC experience coming in such as Blackshear.
“(Blackshear) gives you a fifth-year guy that’s not a 235-pound freshman, he’s a 270-pound guy,” Patterson said. “Watching him run in the summer has truly been incredible. He can get up and run and do things.”