TCU running back Kyle Hicks didn’t end his college career the way he would’ve liked.
The Arlington Martin product couldn’t build on an impressive junior campaign in which he rushed for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a senior last season, though, Hicks battled a hamstring injury and finished with 637 yards and four touchdowns.
“I was dealing with a lot of injuries my senior year, but it sometimes just doesn’t work out for you,” Hicks said on Thursday from the NFL Scouting Combine. “But I’m not really looking back on that anymore right now. I’m just worried about the future and getting prepared for this Combine.”
Hicks chuckled when asked if he felt pressure to play through his hamstring injuries in light of former wide receiver Kolby Listenbee’s lawsuit against coach Gary Patterson, the school and others.
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“No comment on that,” Hicks said, grinning.
Instead, Hicks is focused on impressing NFL teams this week with a solid showing at the Combine. He doesn’t enter with the hype of Penn State’s Saquon Barkley or LSU’s Derrius Guice, but a solid showing may put him in the conversation to be a late-round draft pick.
For now, most experts see Hicks landing with a team as an undrafted free agent.
The Star-Telegram caught up with Hicks.
On what he wants to show scouts: “Just show them that I’m here to compete. I’m a competitor and that I’m a smooth cat – show them that I have nice burst ability, have great hands and everything, and just show them that I can do it all, that I’m a complete back.”
On what he’d bring to an NFL team: “They’re getting a running back that’s ready to come in and compete from Day 1 and that’s ready to come in and make an impact on this league and help any team win.”
On his hometown Cowboys needing another RB: “That would be really special. It’d be special if any team picked me up.”
On the Combine tests: “I just want to show them in every drill that I do, I want to do my best and show them that I’m here to compete. I want to show them my explosiveness, my speed, my hands. I just want to show that I’m a complete back, an all-around back and I can do anything that they want me to do on the football field.”
On his TCU career: “My most memorable moment was probably winning that Peach Bowl [in 2014] and all the fun times in the locker room with some of my teammates and just building that bond with the coaching staff.”
On Shawn Robinson likely becoming TCU’s starting quarterback: “Shawn is definitely ready. He has a lot of raw potential and a lot of raw talent, and I’m excited to see how he grows this offseason and getting ready to step into the quarterback role. I think he’s going to do a good job. I think he’s going to handle it well.”