TCU coach Gary Patterson announced Wednesday that receiver Josh Doctson is out for the regular season with a wrist injury.
“[Doctson] is out for the year, so he’s done,” Patterson said.
“He just can’t play with it,” Patterson said.
But Patterson later added that he’s holding onto a little bit of hope that Doctson might return for the Horned Frogs’ bowl game.
Patterson announced Tuesday that Doctson, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, would again see a specialist as he and the team were trying to decide whether he could be effective until the wrist is “permanently” repaired.
Doctson was injured Nov. 7 in the Frogs’ 49-29 loss at Oklahoma State after a defender fell on his left hand and wrist late in the second quarter. He did not return to the game.
180 Career receptions for TCU senior Josh Doctson, one catch shy of tying Kelly Blackwell’s school record of 181. Docton’s career at TCU appears to be over.
The senior from Mansfield Legacy set school records this year for touchdown catches (14), receiving yards (1,327) and receptions (79) in a season, and set school career records for touchdown catches (29) and yards (2,773). He is one catch shy of tying Kelly Blackwell’s record of 181 receptions at TCU.
The outlook for quarterback Trevone Boykin for Saturday’s game at Oklahoma seemed slightly brighter, with Patterson saying he’s made improvements each day since suffering an ankle injury at the beginning of TCU’s 23-17 victory over Kansas last week.
“We don’t know yet,” Patterson said.
Should Boykin be unable to play, redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer still holds the edge to start over senior Bram Kohlhausen.
Sawyer completed just one pass Saturday after spelling Kohlhausen, a 42-yard score to Shaun Nixon in the fourth quarter. But he provided an energy boost that made the offense run more efficiently.
“Foster played really well,” running back Aaron Green said after Saturday’s game. “He managed the game really well. It was the last thing he expected — to get in the game when the game was close like this — and he did well.”
The injury news didn’t end there, with Patterson saying senior center Joey Hunt “tweaked” something and is questionable for Saturday’s game.
“In 33 years, I’ve never had it like this,” Patterson said. “We’ve had 24 guys that haven’t played. We’ve had five or six alone on defense. I don’t like talking about it because everyone thinks I’m making excuses. We aren’t making excuses. For us, we’ve got two games to play and it will come quickly.”
The week leading up to TCU’s win over Kansas, Kohlhausen was away from the team for two days.
The quarterback returned to practice that Tuesday and prepared for what would be his most pivotal playing time at TCU, holding serve while Boykin was sidelined with an ankle injury.
“He was back on Tuesday, and I told him to stay away as long he needed,” Patterson said. “I don’t think people give kids as much credit as they should.”
Saturday was Senior Day, no less, when senior players’ families are honored with the athletes on the field prior to the game.
“That’s why we’ve always made Senior Day special,” Patterson said. “That’s why we have always carried the seniors off.”
Kohlhausen finished 13-of-19 passing for 112 yards and one interception.
Patterson said he wasn’t worried about the cold weather TCU will encounter Saturday in Norman — with a low in the high-20s expected.
Patterson cited last year’s games at Kansas and West Virginia that featured frigid temperatures with precipitation, which is not in the forecast for Saturday.
“What’s cold? That’s not cold. It’s cold to you,” Patterson said. “That means I might wear a long-sleeved shirt.”
TCU at Oklahoma
7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/Ch. 8