In his conference call Monday morning, Gary Patterson said that Shawn Robinson was cleared to play in Thursday night’s game against Texas Tech, but was questionable to start.
Robinson exited the Frogs’ most recent game, a home contest against Iowa State, when he injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in a hard collision late in the fourth quarter. The Frogs finished the drive with Sewo Olonilua taking the snaps out of the Wild Frog formation, ultimately scoring the game-winning field goal with just seconds remaining.
Should Robinson not start the game, or be less than 100%, Michael Collins would take his place. Collins, a redshirt sophomore, has the full confidence of his teammates after going punch for punch with Robinson in a quarterback competition that continued late into fall camp. The Penn transfer has attempted just 14 passes in 2018, completing six, and throwing for one touchdown. He has also rushed for 29 yards on three attempts and a score. Having taking meaningful snaps in just one game this season, a 3-9 display against Texas when Robinson was knocked out of the game for a series, he would certainly be going from the frying pan to the fire in a crucial game for the Frogs against a talented rival.
On the other side of the ball, Tech expects to have a full arsenal of gunslingers at their disposal with the announcement that freshman Alan Bowman will be available. The quarterback out of Grapevine has been a revelation for the Red Raiders, completing 69% of his passes this season for 1680 yards, 11 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung in Texas Tech’s loss to West Virginia. He was relieved by Jett Duffey, who led the Red Raiders to a stirring second half comeback that fell just short. He went 16-27 for 172 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, while adding 86 yards and a score on the ground.
TCU and Texas Tech play Thursday night in Fort Worth at 6:30pm.