A rumor swirled late last week that TCU running back Shaun Nixon might have to miss the season due to an injury, and on Monday morning that rumor was confirmed.
Gary Patterson casually mentioned that possible starting RB Shaun Nixon is out for the season.— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 18, 2016
Patterson dropped this news during his 30 minutes with the press at the Big 12 Media Days.
Nixon has struggled with injuries since before his time at TCU. He received a medical redshirt in 2014 after suffering a knee injury, postponing his much anticipated debut with the Frogs.
In 2015 he appeared in all 13 games, and showed hints of explosive contributor TCU expected him to be. He saw more time on the field as a wide receiver, especially when the WR depth began to dwindle, hauling in 47 receptions for 501 yards and a touchdown on the season. Nixon had two standout games, a nine-reception, 146-yard day against Oklahoma State, and a nine-reception, 71-yard game to lead TCU against Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Nixon was originally a four-star recruit tabbed as the No. 2 back in Texas for the class of 2014.
This loss is a big one because of Nixon’s versatility, but hopefully the depth at WR and the addition of MIchigan transfer Derrick Green will offset the loss a bit.