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TCU News: Bowman back? Frogs getting reinforcements

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Texas Tech, former DFW star QB Alan Bowman leaves hospital, could return against TCU | The Star-Telegram

I would be shocked if Bowman is back that quickly, but... stranger things have happened.

On Wednesday, Kingsbury stated that he expects Bowman to “rejoin us on the field soon.”

Bowman, meanwhile, said in a statement released by Texas Tech that he anticipates returning to the team on Thursday.

It’s possible that despite the serious nature of the injury, Bowman could return in time to start under center when the Red Raiders visit Gary Patterson and TCU next week.

The Red Raiders and Horned Frogs will play at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in a game that will air on ESPN.

Shawn Robinson’s status, Darius Anderson’s carries among TCU’s off week takeaways | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs may be getting some help back.

Speaking of injuries, TCU missed a couple staples on offense and defense against Iowa State.

Left guard Cordel Iwuagwu, who started every game last season and the first four this season, was sidelined. So was free safety Niko Small, who has the second-most career starts on the team with 27.

Both Iwuagwu and Small were injured in the first-half of the Texas game, and Patterson expressed optimism afterward that each wouldn’t be sidelined long.

It’s hard to replace that type of talent and experience. Patterson thought Markell Simmons “played great” in Small’s place against Iowa State, and the O-line shuffled by moving Chris Gaynor to left guard and giving Wes Harris the start at right guard.

The O-line is something to watch the rest of the season. Anthony McKinney started at left tackle against Iowa State, although regular starter Austin Myers dressed and was listed as a participant in the game.