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TCU’s Hicks ‘full speed’ in practice after career game vs. Baylor

TCU running back Kyle Hicks acknowledges fans as he walks off the field following the Horned Frogs’ 62-22 victory at Baylor on Nov. 5. Hicks scored a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a career-high 195 yards.
TCU running back Kyle Hicks acknowledges fans as he walks off the field following the Horned Frogs’ 62-22 victory at Baylor on Nov. 5. Hicks scored a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a career-high 195 yards. AP

TCU running back Kyle Hicks has been “full speed” in practice since the Baylor game, when he scored five touchdowns after not practicing because of an ankle injury.

“He went last Wednesday and Thursday, and he went yesterday,” coach Gary Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call with reporters. “He’s been full speed.”

Hicks posted career highs in carries, yards and touchdowns two weeks ago in Waco after a week with no practice, which gave him a chance to recover from an ankle injury that limited him to two series against Texas Tech.

“When he hasn’t been in there, like he wasn’t in the Texas Tech game, everybody closed down on our quarterbacks,” Patterson said. “A lot of it had to do with Kyle Hicks not being able to play. Our passing game opens up a lot better when you have to defend the run, and vice versa. They work together.”

Kyle Hicks’ four career 100-yard games have come in his last seven outings. He has 681 yards and eight touchdowns in that span, despite missing most of one game with an ankle injury.

Hicks ranks second in the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns (12) and total touchdowns (14) as TCU prepares to host Oklahoma State on Saturday. He leads the Horned Frogs in rushing yards and is tied for the team lead in catches.

“When he can catch it out of the backfield, he can make people miss and also get the tough yards inside and is also smart enough to be able to play quarterback in some of our wildcat, it makes us all better,” Patterson said.

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said he was inspired by the encouragement of teammates and assistant coaches who uplifted him after last week's benching against Texas Tech. Hill responded with 244 passing yards (1 TD, no INTs) and 85 rushing yards in S

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