TCU coach Gary Patterson said Monday he hasn’t decided whether to stay with Kenny Hill as the starting quarterback, but also that he hasn’t talked to the offensive coaches about it yet.
Asked during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters if he he had decided who would play quarterback this week, Patterson, “No. But I suppose nothing’s changed.”
Asked if that meant nothing’s changed in regard to Hill or backup Foster Sawyer, Patterson said, “That means probably Kenny is,” then added that game plan discussions won’t start until late Monday afternoon.
Hill was pulled in the third quarter after an interception in a 10-10 game against Texas Tech last week. Sawyer entered and led a short touchdown drive and threw a touchdown pass in overtime. But he finished only 6-for-17 and could not move the offense in the second overtime of the 27-24 loss.
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Patterson said Hill, who finished 16-for-29, and Sawyer are being hurt by the play of the receivers.
We’ve got to find somebody that can run by somebody, give us a little bit more confidence of where we’re throwing it and how we’re doing it.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, on the play of the outside receivers
“I think both quarterbacks would play a lot better if we end up finding some Xs and Zs that can play consitently,” he said, referring to the outside positions manned last season by NFL draft picks Kolby Listenbee and Josh Doctson. “We’ve got to find somebody that can run by somebody, give us a little bit more confidence of where we’re throwing it and how we’re doing it.”
Patterson said John Diarse has moved to an outside position to provide a receiver who can be trusted.
“Really, anybody in our X and our Z positions right now we’ve really not been very happy with,” Patterson said. “In this offense, you’ve got to have guys on the outside that can draw the defense and make plays. If not, you’re going to get yourself in a lot of trouble.”
Hill is fourth in the Big 12 with 2,450 passing yards, but leads the league with 10 interceptions. Sawyer is 21-for-50 for 274 yards, three touchdowns and three in seven games at TCU, all but one in relief.