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Sean Stilley admits he hasn't been "the man" in a while.
four seasons at TCU, he has gone from being a redshirt freshman to a backup
to the backup to emergency starter. Now, Stilley enters his fifth year
and he's the undisputed No. 1 signal-caller and leader of the team.
At the end
of last season, he figured to compete again with three-season incumbent
Casey Printers, even give the starter a run for his money in spring drills
after getting in some game action in 2001. Then he would settle into the
No. 2 role for his final year in Fort Worth.
fans know what happened instead: Printers bolted for pass-happy Florida
A&M, and as quick as you can say "hut-hut," Stilley became the top Frog
dropped out, it was a shock. I hadn't been the top guy in years, and all
of a sudden, I'm the guy and somebody is battling me," Stilley said after
his last round of golf before summer two-a-days. "But now it feels like
this is how it's always been, like this is how it was supposed to be.
I like having the leadership role on this team. I like being the senior,
'the man.' "
point to the Frogs being in good hands. Stilley, a favorite among his
teammates, passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns against Army in his
first start last season. He started the following game against East Carolina
before going down with an ankle injury and didn't play the rest of the
Stilley will have plenty of weapons to get TCU's offense rolling. Senior
receivers LaTarence Dunbar and Adrian Madise return, as do running backs
Corey Connally, Ricky Madison and Reggie Holts. He also has four-fifths
of his offensive line back.
how it has worked out," Stilley said. "It's gone by real fast in four
years, but it's been a long road. I put in my time and stayed with it.
I could have easily not stayed with it, slacked off, but I didn't. And
now it's my time."
Time to be