‘He slings that thing’: TCU confident in Michael Collins if Shawn Robinson is out

TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t like to talk about injuries and hasn’t revealed much about quarterback Shawn Robinson’s status.

But Robinson injured his left shoulder in last Saturday’s game against Iowa State, sustaining a big blow on it late in the game.

Robinson and the Frogs have an extended break to try and get healthy with a bye this week. But it wouldn’t be too surprising to see backup Michael Collins get the starting nod next Thursday against Texas Tech.

TCU players were optimistic about Robinson’s status after the game, but expressed confidence in Collins should the team go down that route.

“I’m very confident in all of our quarterbacks,” receiver Jalen Reagor said. “They practice hard just like we do. Just repetition. Coach [Sonny] Cumbie has got them all ready to shine on Saturdays.”

Patterson said senior Grayson Muehlstein would serve as Collins’ backup if Robinson isn’t able to go. Prized freshman recruit Justin Rogers is not ready for game action yet.

Collins, who transferred to TCU from Penn after the 2016 season and sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules, has seen minimal action in four games so far this season. He’s gone 6-of-14 passing for 105 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The highlight was a 57-yard TD pass to TreVontae Hights in the season-opening win over Southern.

Collins also had a rushing TD against Southern.

“First off, I don’t really think we have a backup quarterback,” TCU defender Ty Summers said. “I think both of those guys are guys who could start and do well for us.

“Mike’s an athletic dude for his size. He’s strong. He works really hard in the weight room and that translates on the field too. He can move around more than people think and he has a strong arm. He has probably one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen aside from maybe Trevone Boykin. He slings that thing.

“So if it’s his time, if he needs to go in there and play, I feel very confident he can go out there and make plays.”

As stated, Collins moves better than most think for a guy listed at 6-foot-5, 214 pounds. But few quarterbacks have the “escapability” skills of Robinson.

Robinson has been sacked just four times this season even though the Frogs’ offensive line saw four of its main contributors last season land in NFL camps earlier this fall.

If Collins is called on, his ability to extend plays and evade pressure will be something to keep an eye on.

But the Frogs are confident and believers in the “next man up” philosophy.

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