‘Let’s go,’ TCU’s Michael Collins ready for opportunity
TCU will go with Michael Collins at quarterback for the rest of the season, coach Gary Patterson said on Monday.
Shawn Robinson, who started the first seven games, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder. Robinson’s injury made the looming QB decision easier on Patterson and his staff.
“We have no choice, really Shawn has been trying to play through it,” Patterson said. “Shawn will have surgery and Michael Collins will be our starter.”
Collins replaced Robinson in the second quarter in TCU’s 52-27 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. He sparked the offense on three scoring drives, trimming what had been a 28-7 lead down to 28-24 at halftime.
His second pass of the day was a 41-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin, and he had a 33-yard TD pass to Jalen Reagor on the next offensive series.
Collins finished his day 7-of-17 passing for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He closed with eight straight incomplete passes, including an interception, but battled through a blister issue down the stretch.
Patterson said the blister issue won’t be a problem going into the game against Kansas on Saturday.
“That’s all better,” Patterson said. “The biggest thing is he gave us a spark and we scored some points and got back in the ballgame. We’ll see what we can do this week.”
Robinson, meanwhile, has dealt with left shoulder issues much of the season. The biggest blow came in the final minutes against Iowa State earlier this month, a shot that most thought would sideline Robinson for an extended period of time.
Robinson gutted it out and played in the following game against Texas Tech, and started again against Oklahoma. But he struggled getting the offense going. TCU scored fewer than 17 points in its first three Big 12 games.
Patterson felt Robinson’s injury affected his play and confidence.
Robinson finishes the season completing 61 percent of his passes (123-for-203) for 1,326 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 230 yards and three TDs on 49 carries.
“He’s tried to play and I think it’s hurt his confidence and it’s hurt his escapability and a lot of other things for him to make some plays, how we run the read option and everything,” Patterson said. “It just came to a point in time for the betterment of him, he needed to go ahead and get things taken care of.”
Losing Robinson is another injury setback in a season that has had several for TCU. The Frogs lost standout defensive tackle Ross Blacklock and four-star safety Atanza Vongor to season-ending injuries in fall camp, and strong safety Innis Gaines sustained a season-ending injury in the Texas Tech game.
Left guard Cordel Iwuagwu and free safety Niko Small have also missed multiple games with injuries.