The Shawn Robinson era begins tomorrow.
TCU will be without their starting QB, starting safety, starting kicker, and possibly starting linebacker in Lubbock Saturday, as Kenny Hill, Niko Small, Jonathan Song, and Travin Howard are all dealing with injuries.
Late Friday night, new broke that Hill had a concussion.
Starting kicker Song has a groin injury, and did not kick in last week’s game at Oklahoma. The other two players have undisclosed issues. Howard will travel and is a game-time decision.
What It Means for TCU:
Shawn Robinson will obviously get the start at quarterback, with Grayson Muehlstein slotting in behind him. Innis Gaines will likely move into Small’s safety spot, and I anticipate Cole Bunce will take over place kicking duties, after Ryan Graf missed his lone attempt in Norman.
Robinson has played in five games this season, rushing for 84 yards on 13 attempts, while adding 99 yards on 7-10 passing with two touchdowns. He is an explosive athlete with a live arm, but obviously lacks experience in big moments and on the road.
Gaines is an experienced player who has flashed moments of greatness throughout the season. Making him a full time safety moves him farther from the line, where he has been effective as a run stopper and hard-hitter. He has 25 tackles, five for a loss, and three PBUs on the year. Another name to watch is Garrett Wallow; the true freshman came into TCU as a safety, but the plan has been to move him to linebacker - he has been used on special teams this year and could possibly see an expanded role.
If Howard is unable to go, Arico Evans and Sammy Douglas will need to step up. Texas Tech is a bad matchup for Ty Summers schematically, but the converted D-End will likely need to make it work. Montrel Wilson has also been banged up, and his status is unclear.
Gary Patterson’s philosophy is next man up, and the Frogs will have to live that out Saturday in a tough road environment with a ton on the line for their postseason goals. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00am.