TCU’s Gary Patterson: QB Shawn Robinson will play, may not start, vs. Texas Tech

TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson (right) injured his left, non-throwing shoulder against Iowa State.
TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson (right) injured his left, non-throwing shoulder against Iowa State. AP

TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson will be available against Texas Tech on Thursday night, coach Gary Patterson said during the Big 12 football coaches conference call on Monday.

“He’ll play,” Patterson said, “I don’t know if he’ll start.”

Robinson sustained an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder in the final minutes against Iowa State. If Robinson doesn’t start, backup Michael Collins will get the nod.

Transfer quarterback Michael Collins said he chose TCU because "it felt like home."

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.

Patterson has spoken positively about Collins all season, and has encouraged co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie to try and find ways to get Collins more snaps earlier in games.

Asked about Collins’ progress, Patterson said: “He’s been good. I’ve been saying things about him ever since two-a-days. He came in and handled himself [against Texas] in Austin. I thought he did a good job moving the football.”

TCU players expressed similar confidence in Collins after Robinson went down.

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

Added TCU defender Ty Summers: “First off, I don’t really think we have a backup quarterback. 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.”

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

But Robinson has been banged up much of this season, particularly his left shoulder. It appears the Frogs will be cautious with his snaps for now.

TCU is off to a 3-2 start under Robinson. He has completed 62.7 percent of his passes (94-for-150) for 1,015 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s also rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson talks about the strength of the Big 12 at Big 12 Media Days.

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