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Song could emerge as answer to TCU kicking quandary

TCU Coach Gary Patterson updates status of injured Horned Frogs prior to Baylor game

Kicker Jonathan Song is available after Brandon Hatfield missed three field goals last week, and running back Kyle Hicks is probable after tweaking an ankle against Texas Tech. Video by Matthew Martinez.
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Kicker Jonathan Song is available after Brandon Hatfield missed three field goals last week, and running back Kyle Hicks is probable after tweaking an ankle against Texas Tech. Video by Matthew Martinez.

TCU coach Gary Patterson left open the possibility of using Jonathan Song, a sophomore from Fort Worth All Saints who has yet to kick this season, in the team’s remaining games but is unsure if that will happen.

Song, who won the starting job in spring drills, has been sidelined because of a pulled quadriceps sustained in fall drills and would be eligible for a medical redshirt if he does not play this season. However, the Frogs have lost two games this season because of kicking deficiencies.

Ryan Graf’s potential game-winning field goal in the final minute against Arkansas was blocked, setting up the Razorbacks’ 41-38 victory in double overtime. In Saturday’s double-overtime loss to Texas Tech, kicker Brandon Hatfield missed attempts from 37, 32 and 39 yards, with the final miss in the second overtime.

Song has been practicing for multiple weeks, seeking to regain full strength in his leg.

“We’ll kick who we think the best guy is,” Patterson said during Tuesday’s news conference. “You need them to be able to kick that one field goal that’s going to make the difference probably here in the next four ballgames. But if it’s pretty even, it would be terrible to take a medical redshirt off (Song).”

Patterson acknowledged TCU fans have become “a little spoiled” by the success of former kicker Jaden Oberkrom, an Arlington Martin graduate who left school as the Big 12 career scoring leader.

“When it came down to big ones, he made,” Patterson said. “Not everybody’s been that lucky.”

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