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TCU DE Dylan Horton, WR Quentin Johnston, CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson among CFB ‘freaks’

TCU had the fourth most selections in the nation on Bruce Feldman’s college football freaks list.

In sports, it doesn’t hurt to have physical and athletic advantages. Luckily for the TCU Horned Frogs, they have a few players with a leg up on the competition in that regard.

On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman released the college football “freaks” list, in which he ranks the players who generate buzz inside their respective programs due to their physical abilities. Cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, defensive end Dylan Horton, and wide receiver Quentin Johnston were named to the list, giving TCU the fourth most selections in the nation.

Horton, ranked at No. 16, is the second highest rated player in the Big 12 Conference, only behind Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV, who is ranked 5th.

Feldman said that pro scouts will have their eyes on Horton and also mentioned his high school success in basketball and high jumping.

It goes without saying that a man with a 6-4, 279-pound frame shouldn’t have a 38-inch vertical jump and a 4.55 40-yard dash, but Horton defies the odds. For opposing quarterbacks, thats a scary sight.

Last season, Horton’s strength in the weight room translated over to the field, where he led the Horned Frogs with 9.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 4.0 sacks.

Coming in at No. 23, Johnston is the highest ranked receiver in the Big 12 Conference. Last season, Johnston showcased his physical abilities against Oklahoma, where he tallied 185 yards, three touchdowns and one freakishly athletic catch.

Feldman said that he expects Johnston to flourish in Sonny Dykes’ system.

“At 6-4, 210, [Johnston] is a remarkable athlete,” said Feldman. “He has vertical-jumped 42 inches and broad-jumped 11 feet. He’s clocked a 4.4 40 and back-squatted 575 pounds.”

Johnston tallied 634 yards, averaging 70.44 per game, in nine outings last season. His height, speed, athleticism and strength will make him a valuable piece to Dykes’ offensive game plan.

Johnston, who was named a Preseason All-American, ranks first in Big 12 history with a 20.4 yards per catch average in his first two seasons. He led the Horned Frogs with six touchdowns last season. Whether TCU’s starting quarterback is Max Duggan or Chandler Morris, they’ll have a go-to (and rather large) number one target in Johnston.

The final entry for the Horned Frogs is Hodges-Tomlinson, who was placed at No. 57.

Feldman said that Hodges-Tomlinson makes up for his 5-9, 180-pound frame with his explosiveness.

“He vertical-jumped 42 inches and broad-jumped 10-8,” said Feldman. “His 40 time: 4.3. He has also back-squatted 605.”

Hodges Tomlinson, who chose to return for his senior season, has been selected to multiple Preseason All-American teams and has been named to the All-Big-12 First Team twice. He had a team high seven pass breakups as well as two interceptions and forced fumbles.

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