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TCU News: “She lit it up.”

Katie Clark is primed for a massive 2020.

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Football:

TCU QB Max Duggan back practicing after heart condition diagnosis | ESPN

Massive news — and great to see the young man healthy.

“I don’t know if he’ll start,” said Patterson, who did not specify a starting quarterback. “[Matthew] Downing has been the guy [since Duggan has been out]. He’s thrown the ball really well.”

Patterson said all three of his quarterbacks on the depth chart — Duggan, Downing and junior college transfer Stephon Brown — all “have a part of the package in the game plan and we’ll go forward with it.”

Late last month, Duggan announced that he had the necessary procedure to address his condition and was recovering. He served as TCU’s starter for the last 10 games of the 2019 season, throwing for 2,077 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 53.4 percent of his pass attempts. Duggan also ran for 555 yards and six scores.

Soccer:

Another TCU sporting event has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic | The Star-Telegram

A disappointment for the Frogs, who are on a bit of a roll.

The TCU women’s soccer team will not be traveling to Kansas State this week for a scheduled game on Friday, the Big 12 announced in postponing the game citing its coronavirus protocols.

This is the second game Kansas State has been involved with that’s been canceled. The Wildcats weren’t able to play Texas Tech on Sept. 11.

This is the first game TCU soccer has been involved with that’s been postponed. The Horned Frogs opened the season at Baylor on Sept. 11, tying 0-0 in Waco, and then defeated Texas 3-0 last Friday in Fort Worth.

Volleyball:

Volleyball looks to rely on Clark’s influence on and off the court | TCU 360

Clark is a legit superstar in the making. Expect a huge 2020 from the junior.

Despite the success she has seen in her first two seasons, Clark is far from done. Heading into a season filled with ambiguity, she said she believes volleyball season is just as important as any other sport’s for both TCU Athletics and the NCAA as a whole.

“I think it’s just super important that every sport got to play this season,” Clark said. “Yes, others are fan-favorite sports, but each sport individually brings so many different, unique things to the table.”

To be competitive this season, TCU will certainly need to lean on the game and experience of their third-year middle blocker when the going gets tough.

Around College Football:

Chris Thomsen embracing role as in-person head coach for FSU’s rivalry game vs. Miami | Tallahassee Democrat

A huge game and big opportunity for the former Frog, who will take the reigns against red-hot Miami.

Since taking over as acting head coach over the weekend, Thomsen came away impressed with how the team handled the changes.

“I think they’ve handled it great. The practice that we had on Saturday and then Sunday’s practice I think they’ve done a great job of showing a very mature approach,” Thomsen said.

“I think they have a really great focus right now. We have a lot of great kids in our program so wasn’t surprised by their response. I think they’re motivated and excited to get back on the practice field.”

Thomsen isn’t trying to fill the role as the intense, energetic motivator Norvell serves as on the practice field and during games. He’s relying on the fact that Norvell is able to watch practice remotely on his computer from his house and has a speaker system in place that allows him to give instant feedback to coaches and players on the practice field.