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Patterson rates Kenny Hill’s chance to play as TCU aims for Big 12 title game

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill looks to pass during action against Oklahoma at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in a Nov. 11 game in Norman. Hill sat out last week’s game against Texas Tech.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill looks to pass during action against Oklahoma at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in a Nov. 11 game in Norman. Hill sat out last week’s game against Texas Tech. AP

TCU might have Kenny Hill back at quarterback on Friday against Baylor with a chance to reach the Big 12 championship game.

Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson told reporters on the Big 12 coaches conference call Monday that Hill is “closer to probable” as the week begins. Hill did not make the trip to Lubbock last week, sitting out because of what people close to the team said was a concussion.

“I think he’s got a chance to be back,” Patterson said. “You know me, I’m going to tell the truth. I’m not one of those guys, ‘If they show up or don’t show up’ on game day. I’d say, probable to questionable, and I’d probably say closer to probable. Now.”

Hill, a senior from Southlake Carroll with 30 college starts, including 22 at TCU, ranks 10th in the country and third in the Big 12 in completion percentage. He has thrown only five interceptions, the fewest in a season in his career, and only two in his past six starts.

The Frogs are on a shortened practice week, so there is one fewer day to recover for Hill and five other starters who missed the Texas Tech game. Patterson provided no updates on linebackers Travin Hill and Montrel Wilson, safeties Niko Small and Ridwan Issahaku or kicker Jonathan Song.

TCU defeated Texas Tech 27-3 on Saturday with those players sidelined and backup quarterback Shawn Robinson rushing for a team-high 84 yards and throwing a touchdown pass.

The victory put No. 11 TCU in position to clinch a berth in the Big 12 title game by winning on Friday. The Frogs (9-2) would play No. 4 Oklahoma for the title on Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Patterson said by winning in Lubbock, Robinson did more than some senior quarterbacks.

“There are a lot of senior quarterbacks that don’t win in Lubbock,” Patterson said. “He ran the football. Obviously, on the option, we need to secure the ball a little bit better. I thought the biggest thing is he just got us in the right plays and ran the football. And I thought he threw the ball well. He overthrew some guys, but I thought down the field, he threw the ball well. We’ll just keep progressing. Because of that ballgame, he’ll be a better player, not only for the rest of this season, but also for next year.”

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The Horned Frogs head coach discussed his approach to Shawn Robinson's start against Texas Tech, the first by a true freshman quarterback at TCU since 1999.

No. 11 TCU vs. Baylor

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