TCU quarterback story takes another twist with Robinson now questionable

TCU coach Gary Patterson: Shawn Robinson 'doesn't have to be Superman'

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.
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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.

The quarterback world continues to turn for TCU.

Days after leading the Horned Frogs to a victory in his first start, backup quarterback Shawn Robinson is now questionable for Friday’s game against Baylor, coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday at his midweek press conference.

It increases the likelihood that Kenny Hill returns under center for the Frogs after missing the Texas Tech game because of, unofficially, a concussion.

Patterson told reporters Monday on the Big 12 coaches conference call that Hill was closer to probable for Friday, when the Frogs can clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game by beating Baylor, as well as win a 10th game for the third time in four seasons.

“Right now, it could be any of the three quarterbacks play,” Patterson said.

Grayson Muehlstein was Robinson’s backup last week in the 27-3 victory at Texas Tech. The No. 3 quarterback was redshirt freshman walk-on Karson Ringdahl.

“It’ll be good if we get both the quarterbacks back so we’re ready to go,” Patterson said. “That’ll help our offense.”

Robinson, who led TCU in rushing and threw a touchdown pass in the victory at Tech, grabbed at his side as he got up after a play in the first half. He was attended to on the sideline by trainers but returned and did not miss a play. He finished with 84 yards rushing.

“He won a ballgame. The offense scored 20 points. He managed it,” Patterson said when asked what stood out about Robinson’s start last week. “I thought he threw the ball down the field. Some kids are scared to do that. He was not scared to do that. Overthrew a couple of guys, had a touchdown that was called back that was out of bounds. He ran the option. You really saw how athletic and big and physical that he is.”

But if Hill is available Friday, the Frogs will have by far their most experienced quarterback for their bid for a rematch with Oklahoma at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 2. Hill has played in 36 college games and made 30 starts, including 22 at TCU, and ranks 10th in the country in completion percentage.

In TCU’s 7-0 start, Hill had the offense ranked No. 1 in the nation in third-down conversion percentage and had a career-best ratio of 15 touchdowns to three interceptions.

Robinson, a true freshman from DeSoto who enrolled in January, was playing in his sixth game and making his first start last week. Muehlstein, a junior from Decatur, has played in five games in three years but not attempted a pass.

Last season, TCU faced November injury troubles at quarterback, too. Hill was on the sidelines for the start of the regular-season finale against Kansas State because of an ankle injury, but he entered in the second half for an ineffective Foster Sawyer.

After that, Hill started 11 consecutive games and went 9-2.

Friday, the senior from Southlake Carroll may get a chance to resume what has been a solid season.

If not, the Frogs have seen their backup plan and have confidence in it.

“There’s a lot of positive things going forward for the next three years for TCU football, to be honest with you,” Patterson said.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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