TCU’s Song, Hatfield respond to Patterson’s kicking challenge

TCU has changed nothing on its depth chart regarding the status of its kickers. Brandon Hatfield, who is 9-of-13 on field-goal attempts this season, continues to be listed as the starter.

But coach Gary Patterson offered an encouraging update about Jonathan Song, a sophomore from Fort Worth All Saints who won the kicker job in spring drills but has yet to play this season because of a quad injury sustained in fall camp.

Patterson said he had all four of his kickers (Song, Hatfield, Ryan Graf, Cole Bunce) compete during last week’s open date. Each player was asked to take two 55- to 57-yard kicks at the end of two practice sessions.

“All four of them got two kicks. Hatfield and Song were the two guys that made them,” Patterson said.

During a season marked by inconsistent kicking performances, including Hatfield’s three missed field goals in a double-overtime loss to Texas Tech on Oct. 29, Patterson has said TCU coaches will “kick who we think the best guy is” with the game on the line. He’s also said that if things are “pretty even,” he would prefer not to burn a potential medical redshirt season for Song if he can perform in just a handful of games.

The latest update made it sound like Song is as close to fully recovered from his injury as he has been at any time this season.

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