TCU LB Mike Freeze leaves team, Frogs defense down four starters

Do you have any college eligibility left? Have you ever wanted to play football?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you may want to head down to Fort Worth, Texas, and ask Gary Patterson to give you a shot. He's losing players so quickly these days, he just might take you up on it.

On Wednesday, Patterson announced that freshman linebacker Mike Freeze, a starter, is taking a "personal leave of absence" from the team. Patterson said it he had nothing to do with Freeze's decision, as it's not a disciplinary measure, and as for how long Freeze will be gone, Patterson said, "I don't know. Maybe forever."

Forever is a long time, and it's an even longer time when you realize that Freeze is the fourth starter TCU has lost on defense already this season. On Tuesday, the Horned Frogs lost their other starting linebacker, Sammy Douglas, for the season. Defensive end James McFarland has a broken toe, and could miss the season, and Davion Pierson is out with an injury as well.

That's four starters down on a defense that only had five returning starters from the 2014 team to begin with.

It likely won't be a big deal for TCU this weekend when it plays Stephen F. Austin, but it could become quite problematic once conference play begins. We're not even to the second weekend of the season and the Horned Frogs are already stretched dangerously thin on defense.

Gary Patterson's defensive acumen will be put to the test in the coming weeks. (USATSI)
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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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