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Two starting offensive linemen, star WR out against Kansas

The Frogs are also without a starting defensive tackle.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 24 Oklahoma at TCU Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Five starters did not make the trip to Lawrence for TCU Football, including rising star Quentin Johnston.

According to Star-Telegram reporter Drew Davison, the Horned Frogs will be without Quentin Johnston at wide receiver, as the true freshmen did not make the trip to Kansas for Saturday night’s game. Johnston has been one of Max Duggan’s top targets, collecting 14 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown in his first season at TCU. Savion Williams is also being held out; though he has not had a catch as a receiver, his impact in the return game has been significant, especially when Derius Davis went down with an injury ahead of the game at West Virginia.

Duggan will have bigger worries though, as he will face a better than you think Kansas defense without three of his primary protectors, as Austin Myers (the most veteran player on the unit), Steve Avila, and backup Kellton Hollins - who started last week and has been a critical reserve all season — will not play. It is the second consecutive game missed for Myers and the first for Avila, who has started every game and become one of the more reliable linemen for the Frogs in his first season as the center.

Making the move into the lineup, according to Davison, is senior Blake Hickey — who will be making his first career start.

Additionally, defensive tackle Soni Misi, who has filled in admirably for the injured Corey Bethley, won’t be on the field for the Frogs. TCU is down several players on the defensive side, including Bethley and starting cornerback Noah Daniels, who is out for the season.

In his weekly press conference Tuesday, Gary Patterson mentioned that they had just 53 scholarship guys on the sideline in Morgantown. It might be less than that in Lawrence.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.