Freshman receiver Jalen Reagor dropped a touchdown pass last week at Arkansas, but coach Gary Patterson is optimistic about what will happen when he gets another chance.
“He’ll catch it next time and go about his business,” Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call.
Reagor, consistently praised by Patterson in fall practices, attempted a one-handed catch on a pass over the middle at the goal line. The ball came down to his chest and waist, but he couldn’t control it and the pass fell incomplete. It would have been a 32-yard touchdown and provided breathing room in what became a 28-7 Horned Frogs victory.
Instead, TCU went three-and-out with a 14-7 lead.
“We had a mismatch speed-wise,” Patterson said. “The guy got open. We just have to catch it. He’s a freshman.”
The four-star-rated Reagor was one of the highlight players in TCU’s 2017 recruting class. He caught 14 touchdown passes for Waxahachie as a senior, ending it rated as the No. 2 receiver in Texas and No. 13 in the country, according to 247Sports.com.
Patterson said that play and other deep throws were part of the game plan.
“It’s dangerous if you don’t throw the post,” he said. “We had a couple of times we needed to do that. We probably needed to back them up a little bit more.”
The play was one of two near-misses for touchdowns. The Frogs lost a scoring chance when center Patrick Morris mishandled the snap at the 3-yard line, ending what had been a 15-play, 79-yard drive to in the third quarter with a 14-7 lead.
“We’ve got to score when we get down to the 5 and not drop a post,” Patterson said.