With interception, TCU cornerback Texada looks full-speed again

TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada gives a fan his glove after a 2014 game at SMU.
TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada gives a fan his glove after a 2014 game at SMU. Star-Telegram

After not practicing for 10 months, it’s understandable that TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada would get off to a slow start.

But last week’s interception return for a touchdown at Baylor is more evidence that he’s back to full speed.

“I’ve got to thank the coaches for continuing to believe in me, never giving up on me,” he said after the Horned Frogs’ 62-22 victory in Waco. “It was a little rough at the beginning of the year, still coming off a knee injury.”

Texada missed 10 games last year because of a torn ACL. He had surgery and spent almost a year in rehab. He could have opted for a medical redshirt this year to give himself more time to come back. Instead, the junior from Frisco Centennial was ready for the start of fall practice.

“The first three or four games, he had to get his confidence back,” Patterson said. “He could have said, ‘No, I don’t want to play, I’m going to go ahead and keep my redshirt,’ and he didn’t. Selfless act. That always carries over to the rest of the football team.”

I had my surgery, I didn’t miss any rehab, and I made sure.

TCU cornerback Ranthony Texada, on his recovery from a knee injury

As a freshman in 2014, Texada started all 13 games for TCU’s Big 12 co-championship team. Last season, he started the first three games, then went down with the knee injury in a home game against SMU last September.

The injury was serious, but Texada said he never thought it would keep him from playing again.

“The training staff here is really good. I had my surgery, I didn’t miss any rehab, and I made sure,” he said. “I had a lot of support back home with my family, and my teammates were supporting me. I had a lot of people in my corner pushing for me, so I never really doubted anything about coming back for this year.”

Ranthony Texada has the last two interceptions by a TCU cornerback, Saturday against Baylor and in 2014 against Iowa State.

Patterson has praised Texada’s play the past three games, which lines up with the return of cornerback Julius Lewis on the other side. Lewis was expected to miss the season with an Achilles injury from January, but his early return has finally given the Horned Frogs their top two cornerbacks.

“All of our corners have the potential to be out there and make plays,” Texada said. “It’s good to see Julius coming back because he had a serious injury, too. He’s been working really hard, and he’s been practicing hard. You can see it out there on the field.”

TCU coach Gary Patterson has seen several players return to the lineup in recent weeks after multiple-week absences. He says the presence of those players proved crucial in Saturday's 62-22 rout of No. 17 Baylor. Video by Jimmy Burch.

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