TCU QB in medical boot at Saturday’s practice; how battle for starter is unfolding

TCU football cranks up the heat during practice at fall camp

Texas Christian University football team hit the field hard for Day 2 of fall camp in Fort Worth.
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Texas Christian University football team hit the field hard for Day 2 of fall camp in Fort Worth.

TCU is done with the learning stage of its fall camp. Now it’s on to the evaluation period.

It started with the first scrimmage Saturday, but it’s still too early for Gary Patterson and his coaching staff to make any definitive determinations. Heck, Patterson is just hoping to field a healthy roster these days.

Quarterback Mike Collins became the latest injury concern, as he wore a medical boot on his right foot during Saturday’s practice. That’s the same foot Collins injured to cut his sophomore season short.

Patterson didn’t know the extent of Collins’ injury afterward.

“We’ve got to find out with Mike,” Patterson said.

Patterson wouldn’t rule out Collins, or any other candidate, for the opening-day quarterback job. But Alex Delton, the fifth-year transfer out of Kansas State, remains the odds-on favorite.

“You can tell Delton has played a lot of football,” Patterson said.

Patterson said true freshman Max Duggan has flashed at times, too, and redshirt freshman Justin Rogers remains an option. So does Collins, especially if the injury only keeps him out a few days.

Asked how Collins’ injury affects his status for the starting job, Patterson said: “If he gets back Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, probably none at all because he’s been running the offense. He’s done it.”

Patterson didn’t go in-depth when asked about Rogers and his progress from a severe knee injury sustained in high school.

TCU held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, and is feeling good about the 2019 season. Coach Gary Patterson updated the QB battle, injuries and more afterward.

“He’s still in the process of seeing the rush a little bit,” Patterson said.

In the end, Patterson said, the QB job will be won by whoever does the best job managing the offense. The Frogs have two offensive tackles, two running backs and a receiver who could be selected in next year’s NFL draft, so the quarterback doesn’t have to be a hero.

“Same thing as always, move the football,” Patterson said. “Who do we win with? Who doesn’t throw an interception? … We’re throwing the deep ball better than we have since ‘14, which is a good thing. We can do it because of the speed factor involved.”

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