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TCU News: “The bottom line is, I just hope he’s OK.”

Injury concerns at QB highlight this week’s news.

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TCU’s hoping for the best after late-game injuries to QBs Max Duggan, Mike Collins | The Star-Telegram

Lots of not good news rumors floating around out there — hopefully we will know more today or tomorrow during media availability.

The severity of their injuries is unclear for now, but coach Gary Patterson is hoping for the best.

In answering a question about Duggan in his postgame news conference, Patterson ended by saying: “The bottom line is, I just hope he’s OK. Because Mike Collins is also in the training room, so we’ve got to make sure we can get back and get ready to play next week.”

If Duggan and Collins are not available for Saturday’s game against Baylor, graduate transfer Alex Delton would be the top option.

Freshman Matthew Downing, who has been on the travel squad, is another option. Fellow freshman transfer Matthew Baldwin is eligible, but he’s working his way back from an injury.

Here’s why TCU’s Jeff Gladney saw his starting streak end at Oklahoma State | The Star-Telegram

As Patterson said postgame, several TCU players were dinged for it, though they were clearly not the only ones breaking the rule.

Gladney had a uniform issue with officials deeming his undershirt being too long. That ended up preventing Gladney from making the start. He entered the game on the second defensive snap and played the rest of the way.

Gladney wasn’t the only player dealing with a uniform issue. Coach Gary Patterson said senior defensive back Keenan Reed had to exit the game at one point for the same reason.

“Their jerseys were out,” Patterson said. “Their undershirt. I saw a lot of undershirts out, just so you understand, and only saw two of our guys have to come out.”

Snap judgements: TCU lets Hubbard run wild in second half | Horned Frog Blitz

Hubbard is elite, but watching him break off those two long runs against a defense geared to stop him was unsettling.

- As good as Max Duggan played last week, I felt really bad for how he played on Saturday. He threw three interceptions and two of those passes shouldn’t have been thrown regardless of what the receiver did. But, he finished with 258 yards through the air and added 86 on the ground. Typically, that gets you a win.

- Chuba Hubbard became the first running back to rush for over 200 yards in a single game against a Gary Patterson defense. His 92-yard run was the fourth-longest play allowed in TCU history.

- Call me crazy, but I think John Stephens fumble on the first drive of the second half was the biggest momentum killer of the game.


TCU’s Jamie Dixon calls freshman Diante Smith the biggest surprise of preseason camp | The Star Telegram

The season begins Thursday, and I can’t wait to see this team in action.

Against Washington on Sunday, Smith was TCU’s second-leading scorer with 11 points. He was 5-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range. He also had three rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes.

“He’s got the ability to be a little bit more physical than I would have anticipated,” Dixon said. “He’s gotten bigger, stronger in the short time he’s been there. He got there in June. I think he’s probably been the biggest surprise. Nine newcomers. Got a long list to pick from.

“Excited about him. Always was. But he’ll be ready to play for us this year.”