Josh Doctson will make the trip to West Virginia on Saturday, and TCU has not ruled him out for playing.
Coach Gary Patterson said the junior receiver was not expected to practice Tuesday but has gotten much better since leaving last week’s game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
“It’s drastic improvement,” Patterson said. “He’ll make the trip.”
Doctson is the Horned Frogs’ leading receiver in catches, yards and touchdowns. He has had two touchdowns in each of the previous two games.
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A team source said it was not a high ankle sprain, which can mean a month or more of recovery.
The team, however, will be without backup quarterback Matt Joeckel for the rest of the season. He suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech.
“It’s a shame,” Patterson said. “We gave him an ovation in the meeting on Sunday because of everything he did for us as a team, the way he came in, the way he helped Trevone.”
Joeckel, of Arlington, transferred from Texas A&M and has already graduated.
“I think you’re going to see him around practice, trying to help Trevone with everything, because they have a really good relationship,” Patterson said.
Patterson said Zach Allen will be the backup on Saturday, and Bram Kohlhausen, a junior from Houston, will be the third quarterback.
Withstanding the first 20 plays at West Virginia will be important for the TCU defense, Patterson said.
“You’ve got to survive the first 20 plays, because they’ve studied you all week, or even longer,” he said. “And they’re going to pick apart every person you have on defense and try to find a weakness.”
Patterson had the same message for his team against Oklahoma, which used big plays early to score 14 points in the first quarter.
“We saw a couple plays last week we hadn’t seen before,” Patterson said. “They ran the back vertical, which is a really good play, to be honest with you, if you watched the film.”
Patterson said he and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen are not close, but they are very much like each other in one respect.
“He and I both state what we see,” he said.
And Patterson said he admires Holgorsen’s enthusiasm for the job.
“He’s very similar to me. He just likes coaching ball,” Patterson said. “That’s what he likes to do. He’s one of those guys who probably sits down, sees a napkin, starts drawing plays. Those are fun times. Head coaches don’t get a chance to do that very often anymore.”
Patterson said the team keeps “gaining, gaining, gaining confidence” in the four running backs who have seen most of the action this year, but that starter B.J. Catalon remains the most complete back.
“All four of them we trust in the ballgame,” Patterson said. “Each of them has their own skill set. B.J.’s probably the best at everything, as far as pass protection, fitting in a scheme, catching the ball out of the backfield — all the things we do with a running back.”
Catalon leads the team with 388 yards and eight touchdowns. Aaron Green has 315 yards and three touchdowns. Trevorris Johnson has 199 yards and four touchdowns, and Kyle Hicks has 135 yards and no touchdowns.
• Trevone Boykin won five player of the week awards for his performance last week. They are from the Davey O’Brien Foundation, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Manning Award and the Big 12.
• There will be plenty of fireworks on hand for the last two home games of the season. School officials said they ordered a new supply after running out of their season allotment during last week’s game against Texas Tech. The team has scored 35 touchdowns in five home games.