It’s finally game week, a week we have all been waiting for, but the Frogs may have to wait a little longer to see their starting running back get on the field.
Gary Patterson revealed on the Big 12 conference call Monday that Kyle Hicks may not play Saturday, when the Frogs open the season against Jackson State. Patterson noted that Hicks has been a little banged up, which could be reason enough to hold him out of the first game of the season.
That would leave Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua, two capable backs, to shoulder the load in Hicks’ absence.
Of course, Hicks has shown an ability to play through injury in the past. Hicks ran for 192 yards and five touchdowns against Baylor last season, after missing a week of practice due to an ankle injury he suffered the week prior.
It seems like this move is just the coaches being careful with their senior back. It would definitely be a blow if Hicks were to exacerbate a small injury against Jackson State, rendering him out for an extended period of time.
Personally, I want Hicks to be healthy when he steps on the field, because you all know I want to #GiveKyleTheDamnBall. A healthy Kyle Hicks adds a dynamic to this offense that truly takes it to the next level.
We’ll probably have more clarity on the situation as the week progresses, but for now, it seems like it’s 50-50 whether or not Hicks will play on Saturday night.