Josh Doctson’s record-breaking season at TCU is not over, now that Sirius Radio has heard coach Gary Patterson correctly and he has tweeted the news himself.
“Josh Doctson will play!” Patterson tweeted, two hours after Fort Worth went abuzz.
The confusion started Thursday morning following Patterson’s weekly appearance on Sirius XM.
Chris Childers, host of Sirius XM College Radio’s Full Ride, tweeted: “Gary Patterson just said star WR Josh Doctson is out for the rest of the season on Full Ride. #TCU”
Forty minutes later, he tweeted: “Sorry for confusion but we just listened back to audio and now we’re not sure if Patterson actually said Josh D. is out. Audio coming soon.”
The audio showed Patterson saying, “Josh Doctson is gonna be gone in three ballgames and a bowl game.” He has made similar statements to reporters this week in the Big 12 coaches conference call and his weekly media luncheon on campus, making the point that TCU will have to get used to life without the senior receiver by next year, anyway.
Patterson had soon texted reporters to tell them Doctson’s season was not over.
Patterson told reporters on Tuesday and Wednesday that Doctson is probable for the Kansas game on Saturday.
Doctson was hurt last week when a defender fell on his left hand and wrist at the end of a catch late in the second quarter. He did not return to the game.
Patterson said Doctson practiced Wednesday in non-contact capacity.
Doctson set school records this year for touchdown catches (14), receiving yards (1,315) and receptions (78) in a season and school career records for touchdown catches (29) and yards (2,773). He is two shy of tying Kelly Blackwell’s record of 181 career catches at TCU.
The possibility of Doctson’s return is heartening for TCU, but it’s just the latest this season for the team.
The Horned Frogs, expected to be national title contenders, have had at least 18 players miss a game, part of a game or not suit up at all this year because of injuries. That figure includes four defensive starters and a reserve receiver, Ja’Juan Story, who are out for the year. It does not include a starting linebacker who left the team or a defensive end who was suspended for three games.
Doctson, a Biletnikoff Award and All-America candidate, leads the nation in receiving yards. He ranks second in the country in touchdown catches and yards per game (146.1) and third in catches per game (8.7).
He had caught two or more touchdown passes in six consecutive games before the outing at Oklahoma State.
Doctson walked on at TCU after transfering from Wyoming, where he played as a freshman after signing out of high school.
At TCU, he caught four touchdown passes as a sophomore. Last season, as TCU installed the Air Raid offense, he and quarterback Trevone Boykin became a force. Doctson’s 11 touchdown catches were a school record, and Boykin finished fourth in the Heisman voting as TCU went 12-1 and won a share of the Big 12 championship. They are the second-leading active touchdown combination in the country, with 26 scoring connections.
Baylor receiver Corey Coleman, also a Biletnikoff and All-America candidate, reacted to the news of Doctson’s injury earlier in the week by offering well wishes.
“I did see him get hurt. I definitely know it’s a bad deal,” Coleman told reporters in Waco on Monday. “I pray for him. I wouldn’t want that happening to anyone. ... I pray that whatever’s wrong, he has a speedy recovery.”