Rhythm will be the key.
But Patterson acknowledged that the No. 25-ranked Frogs could go with Duggan as the starter over fifth-year senior Alex Delton going into Saturday’s game against SMU. Delton has started the first two games with Duggan coming off the bench.
Asked if that rotation could change on the Big 12 football coaches teleconference, Patterson said: “Maybe.
“If we see a guy’s in rhythm and he’s moving and they’re doing well, then we stay with the guy. We have to start games faster. We’ll see how practice goes this week and see how we need to determine that.”
McKinney battled injuries in camp, but took back his starting job in week three.
“I made strides week by week last year, but this year is going to be a lot better. I didn’t realize how fast football could be until I came to TCU. It was a quick, minor setback for me to get adjusted to, but it didn’t take long. This is going to be a much better year. I spent a lot of hard work and time in the weight room and spring ball and fall camp.
“I am also better with my mental concentration and being comfortable not only with me but my teammates around me, trusting them and that we all know what we’re doing and just going out and playing. That was one of my biggest barriers last year, overthinking everything. Now it’s so much more slowed down and more fun to play. I can’t wait to showcase that.”
If he does that well enough, he may get a chance to showcase his talents in the NFL.
“That’s ultimately the goal, but right now I am not worried about that,” McKinney said. “I am just worried about our next game.”
TCU is moving up, but will have a tough challenge ahead Saturday.
3. TCU (2-0)
Max Duggan sure looks to be the answer at QB, and RB Darius Anderson had a career night as TCU posted more than 300 rushing yards at Purdue. Next up: SMU. (Dean Straka)
Eric Bell’s team has been really good, and not afraid to play great teams.
The Frogs surrendered back-to-back goals within five minutes of each other to go down 2-0 at the 37th minute, marking the first time TCU had trailed at home all season and their first time to trail in any match since losing 2-0 to Florida State to open the season.
“I’m not certain of that,” head coach Eric Bell said on the positives of the match. “After watching tape and seeing with my goggles that I use during the game weren’t too positive. So we have to look at things and figure some things out and move forward.”
The Frogs outshot Washington 9-5 in the first half, but all five of Washington’s shots were on-target, with TCU only posting four on goal.
V Bo remains the greatest.
TCU officially marked the start of the new academic semester Tuesday morning as faculty, staff and students filled Ed Landreth Auditorium for this year’s Fall Convocation.
Chancellor Victor Boschini outlined his plans for this academic year at the ceremony. He said he wants to focus on improvement, emphasize more inclusion and strive for positivity–-despite the world’s negative forecast.
“I want to try and discover the similarities we have,” Boschini said. “I think we are all more alike than we are different, and I am going to try and find the things that push us together, rather than pull us apart.”
The convocation was also the first for new Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg.
“I want to be more open to new ideas and make every effort to help guarantee her success,” Boschini said. “She is going to enhance all dimensions of the academic experience for TCU students.”