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TCU News: QB health issues remain top concern

The spring game is set, but who will be throwing passes could still be up in the air.

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Danny Mourning

Football:

TCU football will go through spring practices with one scholarship QB healthy | The Star-Telegram

Seems bad.

Coach Gary Patterson mentioned that sophomore Max Duggan will be the only available arm with other scholarship QBs Matthew Baldwin and Matthew Downing battling injuries.

“This spring we’ll only have one scholarship quarterback that will actually be able to run practice,” Patterson said during a news conference on Wednesday. “So we need to get some quarterbacks in.”

Patterson didn’t specify the injuries or setbacks sustained by Baldwin and Downing, simply saying they’re not ready “right now.”

Baldwin dealt with a back issue that limited him in practice last season. He’s also dealt with a knee injury, tearing his ACL during the playoffs his senior season at Austin Lake Travis in 2017 and undergoing a cleanup surgery on it in the 2019 summer.

TCU’s Patterson says landing Kill was best recruiting effort | Horned Frog Blitz

It’s really the friends we have made along the way, isn’t it?

Kill’s role will be the offensive head coach. He will evaluate everything from play calling, personnel, the way the team practices; basically everything a head coach would do; from an offensive perspective. Between Patterson and Kill, the duo has nearly 80 years combined of college football experience.

Patterson says it’s good to have another “veteran” coach he can discuss ideas with.

“When I came and started coaching, half of my staff was older and I was younger. I had a group I could bounce things off. Now, I was one of the older and you don’t have many people you can bounce things off of,” Patterson said. “Everywhere he’s went, he’s made things better; he’s won championships, he’s been a National Coach of the Year, Big Ten Coach of the Year, he’s a deep thinker and kids love him and he gets along with people. He’s also very detailed with how he does things. To have him be a guy that’s going to overlook the offense is going to be good for us.”

HornedFrogBlitz TCU 2020 Signing Day Awards | Horned Frog Blitz

These two trench cornerstones will be GREAT.

OFFENSIVE MVP - GARRETT HAYES

Garrett Hayes (Photo: 247Sports)

Hayes is another top signee for the Frogs, ranked as the second-highest recruit for the 2020 class behind Johnston and fifth-highest ever signed by TCU in the Patterson era. At 6-foot-5, 315-pounds, Hayes has the ability to play tackle or guard at the next level. TCU is losing their top three tackles from a year ago and they also have depth concerns on the interior. With his overall strength and knowledge of the game, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the offensive line mix early on.

DEFENSIVE MVP - PATRICK JENKINS

(Photo: 247Sports)

Originally committed to LSU, TCU defensive tackles coach Zarnell Fitch did a great job at landing the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder. With the loss of Ross Blacklock, there will be a need along the defensive interior for the Frogs and Jenkins can definitely help fill that void. The fact he’s already on campus and will go through spring ball will help him tremendously to see the field.

Basketball:

Can TCU possibly get back on track against No. 3 Kansas? | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs would need to play their best game of the season against the Jayhawks — and that still might not be enough.

This is a TCU team that would like to see itself as a three-point threat every night. Hey, the Horned Frogs drained a program-record 18 against Louisiana on Nov. 12. But they’ve made double-digit three-pointers just four times since.

Against Oklahoma State, TCU shot a season-low 21.1% (4-for-19) from long range. Struggles from distance have been a troubling trend of late and TCU, now shooting 34.6%, fallen out of the top 100 in the nation.

Free throws have been another season-long issue for the Frogs and they’ve shot just 50% (54 of 108) from the free-throw in the last five games.