The Justin Rogers era at TCU is coming, but it may not be for another season.
The former four-star recruit who has been recovering from a knee injury his senior year of high school two years ago and subsequent nerve damage and drop foot that spawned from the original injury has only played one series for the Horned Frogs.
So where does that leave Rogers? He was supposed to be the future of Frogs’ football.
“He gets a little frustrated but at the end of the day he’s able to go in now and be a live rush and practice 11 on 11 and do things which is what a young quarterback needs to learn all of the other things,” Coach Gary Patterson said during Tuesday Big 12 teleconference. “He was better at the end of spring than he was at the beginning. It’s just a process. Anybody who’s been apart of that injury knows it’s a process.”
Rogers’ progress has been slowed by the injury, which prevented him from engaging in much live practice until late last season.
“He wasn’t ready for that physically or mentally,” Patterson said. “So now he can move forward and he was able to do it this spring.”
How far forward Rogers moves remains to be seen. He’ll have to prove he’s ready to take over the offense in August and beat out two or three others.
The spring practice snap were split mostly evenly between Delton, Duggan and Rogers, Patterson said. Mike Collins didn’t practice because of an injury. They made some tweaks to the offense to help them process play-calling quicker with hopes of playing faster.
Patterson compared all of them with former TCU great Andy Dalton, at least their work ethic.
“I liked how they prepare, the way it was really important to them,” he said. “Any time as a coach when you feel like he’s doing as much work trying to make the team as good as it can be, you really can’t ask for much more than that, except to play well on Saturday.”