TCU’s Patterson on Cheez-It Bowl: It’s time for us to go, go, go
Running back Darius Anderson and offensive lineman Austin Myers are among those who will be out with injuries when TCU takes on Cal on Dec. 26 at Chase Field in Phoenix.
As expected, fifth-year senior Grayson Muehlstein will end his college career as the starting quarterback. Mike Collins is not listed on the depth chart after he sustained an injury in the Baylor game, and underwent surgery.
Anderson and Myers were also left off the depth chart. Each were sidelined with injuries for the Oklahoma State game and will not make it back.
Muehlstein played well in relief of Collins against Baylor, and then led TCU to a win over Oklahoma State in the regular-season finale to clinch bowl eligibility. Prized freshman recruit Justin Rogers is listed as the backup quarterback.
Muehlstein went 11 of 15 for 137 yards passing with one TD against Baylor, and 16 of 25 for 180 yards passing with two TDs.
Anderson, meanwhile, will finish his junior season with 598 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 11 games, including seven starts. Anderson’s highlight from this season was a 93-yard TD run against Ohio State, the longest in TCU history.
Myers started eight games for the Frogs this season -- four at left tackle and four at left guard.
As far as TCU’s offensive line is concerned, Anthony McKinney has emerged as the top left tackle. He’s started the final six games. Chris Gaynor, who started at center over Kellton Hollins in the Oklahoma State game, is expected to make his second consecutive start there.
Cordel Iwuagwu is listed as the starting left guard. Iwuagwu hasn’t played since Sept. 22 against Texas, but could return for the bowl game. Wes Harris is listed as the No. 1 option at right guard and should make his second straight start there.
Defensively, TCU has Ty Summers listed behind Arico Evans on the depth chart at middle linebacker. The Frogs are hopeful that Summers is able to play in the final game of his college career.
Summers has been battling injuries late in the season, missing three games (Kansas State, West Virginia and Oklahoma State). He returned for the Baylor game, but didn’t last long before exiting with an injury.
“He’s practiced some, but he’s … the way it’s been going this year, I’d tell you the day before the game who’s ready, who’s not,” coach Gary Patterson said on Monday.
A surprise player who may be able to play in the game -- linebacker Montrel Wilson. The Keller Fossil Ridge product hasn’t played this season, but has been taking reps in practice. Wilson has 97 career tackles, seventh-most among active leaders on the roster.
“Montrel has been taking reps, so it’s out of the swamp with him,” Patterson said. “He’s been back and he’s really done pretty good.”
Senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax, meanwhile, is listed as a backup on the depth chart. Broadnax hasn’t played the final three games after being diagnosed with an undisclosed medical condition, although Patterson didn’t sound optimistic about Broadnax returning to game action.
“He could [play], but I think he’s going to decide not to,” Patterson said. “Not because anybody’s holding him back. It’s just his preference.”
For the most part, though, anyone who is able to play will play in the bowl game.
Patterson said linebacker Ben Wilson, safety Ar’Darius Washington and cornerback Julius Lewis are expected to undergo minor surgeries after the bowl game, but will play.
“Right now, everybody is a go,” Patterson said. “Then we’ll go from there.”