TCU coach Gary Patterson wouldn’t mind seeing Shawn Robinson on the field more with the run package the coaches have designed for him, but also throwing.
“We need to do it more,” Patterson said after the Oklahoma loss.
The Frogs’ four-star backup quarterback entered Saturday night’s game at Oklahoma late in the second quarter for three snaps. He ran a keeper for 6 yards, handed off and made a shovel pass.
But when the three plays failed to gain a first down, the Horned Frogs punted with 1:16 left in the first half and Oklahoma scored again with seven seconds left for a 38-14 halftime lead en route to a 38-20 win.
When Robinson entered, TCU had gained a first down at the Oklahoma 46 following a 17-yard run by KaVontae Turpin. The Frogs and co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie went uptempo as part of a set of plays with Robinson in mind.
“It’s our quarterback series running the football,” Patterson said. “Probably he went one too many. On third down, he probably should have put Kenny back in and ran a different. But they’ve done a good job of doing the things they need to do. But Oklahoma runs sideways pretty well.”
Robinson has played in five games, rushing for 75 yards on 13 carries and completing seven of 10 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, including the shovel pass against Oklahoma. He was 1-for-2 passing against Kansas. He also played against Kansas State and did not attempt a pass. At Arkansas, he entered for one play when starter Kenny Hill lost his helmet and had to go to the sideline.
Robinson, a freshman who enrolled early at TCU after leading DeSoto to an undefeated state championship season last year, is on track to be the Frogs’ starting quarterback next season.
Perhaps for that reason, Patterson wouldn’t mind Robinson on the field a bit more.
“We do that every Tuesday and Wednesday, that grouping,” Patterson said of the Robinson package. “To be honest with you, we probably need to do it more. And we need to throw it with him.”