Following a disappointing 7-6 finish to the 2012 season, TCU’s first as members of the Big 12 conference, the Horned Frogs harbor huge hopes for the upcoming year. A lot of that expectation hinged on the fact that nine starters were returning from a defense that gave up 22.6 points per game a year ago – no easy task against the high-flying air-raid attacks of the Big 12.
However, that number is now down to eight. After starting 10 games as a walk-on linebacker a year ago, Joel Hasley has decided to step away from the program with only a few weeks remaining before the Horned Frogs kick off against mighty LSU.
“I’d like to thank Joel for everything he’s done for TCU and his commitment to our program,” coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. “We will miss him and wish him the best.”
Hasley had earned a scholarship in the spring. His paid-for schooling came after he finished second on the team a year ago with 79 tackles. He also accumulated 6.5 tackles for a loss and recorded two sacks.
The program’s leading tackler, Kenny Cain, graduated, and Hasley could be heading in that direction. He has already earned a degree in communications, is working towards another in geology and according to Patterson, Hasley “decided it was time to move on from football.”
Hasley’s decision comes on the heels of Patterson wishing all the best to another starter in the team’s left tackle from 2012, Tayo Fabuluje. Fabuluje left the team for “personal reasons.”
Look for juniors Marcus Mallett and Paul Dawson to get a crack at the starting position vacated by Hasley.