TCU’s secondary depth has taken a blow in fall camp.
Patterson did not disclose the injury, but tried to spin it in a positive light.
“It’s one of those things … great part about having a redshirt,” Patterson said. “Still get involved and do things.”
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Vongor was expected to compete for playing time in the secondary as a true freshman. He joined the program as a four-star recruit out of South Grand Prairie.
Vongor ranked as the No. 16 safety in the nation and the No. 191 overall recruit, according to 247 Sports, and chose TCU over schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Baylor, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Texas A&M.
Even with Vongor sidelined, Patterson sounded optimistic about his safeties.
Niko Small started 11 games last season, and Innis Gaines shined in the Alamo Bowl with a game-sealing interception. Patterson said Ridwan Issahaku is still working his way back after missing spring ball, but he started 12 games last season.
Patterson mentioned Ar’Darius Washington, DeMauryon Holmes and La’Kendrick Van Zandt as secondary players who have stood out early on in camp too.
Patterson also likes what he’s seen from the cornerbacks, raving about Noah Daniels so far in camp. The Frogs are also giving Michael Onyemaobi, nicknaed “Obi-Wan Kenobi” by Patterson, snaps at cornerback as well as safety.
For now, it’s all about building up the depth before the season opener on Sept. 1 against Southern. Injuries happen, after all.
“We keep building the depth so you run out somebody in the middle of the season, they’ve already got a little bit of a base,” Patterson said.