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TCU News: Collins not auditioning for the future, just trying to win now

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The Frogs’ QB wants to get TCU back on track.

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TCU coach Gary Patterson says pair of defensive stars likely out for K-State | The Star-Telegram

If Summers is done, this close to breaking the tackle record... well, that’s just the perfect cherry on top of this crap sundae of a season.

Injuries continue piling up for the TCU football team.

Coach Gary Patterson acknowledged during his news conference that free safety Niko Small and linebacker/defensive end Ty Summers are likely out for the Kansas State game on Saturday, and potentially longer.

“Maybe down for the rest of the year, depending on how it all works,” Patterson said.

Patterson made the statement when discussing true freshman Ben Wilson, who has seen most of his time on special teams appearing in seven of eight games to date.

Anti-College Football Playoff rankings: TCU, we have a problem | Fansided

Well... what else did you expect?

3. TCU – The Horned Frogs just had a miserable week on and off the field. Top receiver and returned KaVontae Turpin was dismissed after an arrest and then TCU went out and laid an egg against Kansas. When you lose to Kansas, you’re going to be in the Bottom 4. This was the first Big 12 win for Kansas in two years and their first October win since 2009! This is a team that was ranked in the mid-teens a couple of weeks ago and was going toe-to-toe with Ohio State. This has been a dramatic turn of events.

5 takeaways from Gary Patterson’s Tuesday presser, including reflections from TCU’s loss at Kansas | Sports Day

Burning the redshirts of a couple guys with potential and not having them produce would be a bummer. Here’s hoping JSJ and T Hunt get rolling for the stretch run.

“Young receivers -- some of those guys weren’t playing so they pout, they think the world’s over and then when they starting learning, they’re playing more and everybody is happier,” Patterson said.

Several of those young receivers will indeed see more playing time in the games to come. Patterson said that both Tevailance Hunt and John Stephens Jr. -- who have only played in a combined five games this season -- will both burn their red-shirts and play an increased role in the team’s four remaining regular-season contests.

Hunt and Stephens have each only caught two passes all season. Among Stephens’ pair of catches was an eye-opening 47-yard reception during TCU’s 52-27 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 20. Hunt’s longest catch was a 21-yard reception in the team’s 17-14 loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 11.

TCU’s Michael Collins doesn’t view finishing stretch as ‘audition’ for starting gig | The Star-Telegram

Robinson, Collins, and Rogers will all be competing to be QB1 in 2019 - Collins has to play well down the stretch to stay in the mix.

“I thought overall as an offense we played all right,” Collins said on Tuesday. “We had a bunch of yards and everything, but in the end we’ve got to win. That’s the quarterback’s job is to win games and take care of the ball and I didn’t do that. I wouldn’t call it a success by any means.

“Just have to do a better job of that going forward.”

The goal is to get back on the winning track against Kansas State on Saturday. Winning is what matters for TCU, a program that has established itself as one of the powers in today’s game. It’s the reason why Collins wanted to transfer to TCU even though he was in Penn’s prestigious Wharton School.

Playing at a Power Five school is every young quarterback’s dream and Collins is getting that opportunity. It’s special that it’s coming at a school where he’s with someone he’s known since fourth grade and was a high school teammate, right tackle Lucas Niang.

Collins and Niang were part of three straight championships at New Canaan (Conn.) High School.

“[Niang] was always just a little bit bigger than everybody else,” Collins said, smiling about his 330-pound lineman. “When we were sophomores in high school, he’s 330 pounds and the guy lining up across from him is 220 pounds, it’s pretty clear he’s going to make it.

“He was a beast.”