We got an answer, and yet, there are still a lot of questions.
Even though Delton is the starter, it appears as if Gary Patterson and his Horned Frogs are prepared to let Delton and Duggan continue to battle as the season goes on. Or maybe it is completely the opposite, and TCU is trying to pull some sort of trickery in an attempted to keep Purdue off-balance for their match-up on September 14th in West-Lafayette, Indiana.
Regardless of what TCU is meaning to do or trying to attempt with their use of Delton and Duggan on Saturday, it should still be an interesting game to watch them play as they should have an interesting season ahead for them.
Delton won the job because he is the most experienced. He will keep it if he can move the ball and not turn it over.
“Him [Delton] being here in the spring was great. I think that was the big key,” Patterson said. “The one thing he has been really good at is the leadership in the huddle.”
The quarterbacks will continue to compete for who owns the title of “first string,” and Patterson said the decision still may not be clear by the time the team travels to Purdue on Sept. 14.
In the meantime, the Horned Frogs will play two quarterbacks. Although a clear starter would be nice, having an abundance of signal-callers is a luxury, especially in the wake of a season where TCU lost two quarterbacks to season-ending injuries.
“The competition level was good,” Patterson said. “I think the biggest thing that came down to it is just [the] leadership aspect.”
JR is feeling like a forgotten man, but this battle is far from over.
Rogers is two years removed. He managed to return to game action last season, playing one series in the Cheez-It Bowl. But he clearly isn’t back to a level where he could push Delton or Duggan for the starting job this fall.
Still, Patterson sounded optimistic about Rogers in what he’s seen thus far. Rogers is the highest-rated recruit to join the program, choosing TCU over programs such as LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas.
For now, though, Delton and Duggan have emerged as the quarterbacks to watch this season.
Patterson said Delton earned the opening-day start, but used a basketball description for Duggan as the “sixth man.”
But Rogers hasn’t been forgotten.
“He’s been great,” Patterson said.
Patterson has a lot of wisdom, and isn’t shy about sharing it.
“You have to respect somebody’s decision,” Patterson said of Luck’s retirement. ”I’ll promise you that it wasn’t a very easy decision. I mean you think about hard it is to get into the league and all you did to become a starting quarterback and then you walk away -- it’s been your whole life.
”Those are hard decisions. To be honest with you, that’s probably right up there with a divorce.”
The 29-year-old’s decision to retire, which surfaced while the Colts’ preseason contest vs. the Chicago Bears Saturday was still in progress, sent shockwaves throughout the football world but was also met with plenty of controversy. Most notably, fans could be heard booing Luck off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday night before Luck officially announced his retirement postgame.
This is a program on the rise, and one that can win a lot of big games this season.
Of course, the goal is to win the conference and make it four straight appearances in the NCAAs. That’s the new expectation for the program.
How has the team handled it?
“I think they’ve handled it quite well,” Bell said. “They want to be challenged. They want to meet those expectations as well as exceed them. So that’s the focus now. It’s a day-to-day journey. We’re just looking to get better each day.
“They do want to do better than the team did last year and we’re pretty focused on doing so.”