Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a freshman from Stephenville who has started the past three games, will miss the Bears’ remaining regular-season games because of a chipped bone in the back of his right ankle, coach Art Briles confirmed Wednesday.
Stidham sustained the injury during last week’s 45-35 victory at Oklahoma State, when third-team quarterback Chris Johnson came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and rush for another score during the second half of the Bears’ victory.
Baylor plays at TCU on Friday night and is host to Texas on Dec. 5.
Johnson, a sophomore, will start Friday when No. 7 Baylor (9-1, 6-1 in Big 12) meets No. 19 TCU (9-2, 6-2) at Amon G. Carter Stadium (6:30 p.m., ESPN).
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Briles left open the possibility that Stidham, who leads the Big 12 in passing efficiency (199 rating), could return for the Bears’ bowl game. But the final two games of Baylor’s regular-season slate will be in the hands of Johnson and whoever Briles taps as an emergency quarterback behind him.
Briles made it clear during Monday’s news conference in Waco that coaches were planning to have Johnson in the lineup against TCU. He said Wednesday that Stidham “played his tail off” in relief of Seth Russell, who sustained a season-ending neck injury Oct. 24 against Iowa State.
Stidham is expected to wear a compression boot for the next three weeks in efforts to protect the ankle and began wearing it Monday.
I know having my teammates around me, they’re all great players. So I don’t have to do anything spectacular or special.
Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson, the Bears’ new starter after the injury to Jarrett Stidham.
Although Briles has not identified his potential emergency quarterbacks, two players who played the position in high school — receiver Corey Coleman and defensive back Travon Blanchard — have said that they would be happy to handle that role, if asked.
During last week’s victory over OSU, Johnson averaged 7.0 yards per carry (6 rushes, 42 yards) and completed 5-of-10 passes for 138 yards and two scores.
Asked Monday about moving into a starting role, Johnson said: “I just want to go out there and play my game. I know having my teammates around me, they’re all great players. So I don’t have to do anything spectacular or special. I just have to go out there and do my job as the quarterback.”