TCU consensus All-America receiver Josh Doctson won’t play in the Alamo Bowl, so he has played his last game with the Horned Frogs.
Coach Gary Patterson said after practice Tuesday that Doctson is out for the game. He has not played since catching one pass against Kansas on Nov. 14, a week after he suffered a wrist injury on Nov. 7 at Oklahoma State.
Until the injury, he was on a record run for the Horned Frogs — catching two or more touchdown passes in six consecutive games. As it is, his 79 catches for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns this year are all single-season TCU records, and he also holds the school records for career receiving yards and touchdowns.
The team held out hope Doctson could recover in time for the Jan. 2 bowl game against Oregon, but Patterson refused to call the news disappointing.
Josh Doctson finished seventh nationally in receiving yards in the regular season despite playing only 10 games. The six players ahead of him all played in at least 12 games.
“Oh, no,” he said. “If you become disappointed, then you’re not trusting the rest of your group.”
Patterson said it was Doctson’s decision.
“You talk to the doctor and to him. It gets to the point where they’ve got to make those kinds of decisions,” he said. “I can’t make those for him.”
Asked whether Emanuel Porter will see more action time in Doctson’s place, Patterson said, “It means everybody. It means everybody gets playing time.”
JUCO safety signs
Markell Simmons, a defensive back from Pima (Ariz.) Community College, signed a letter of intent Tuesday with the Horned Frogs, his school announced.
That brings the total of junior college signings for TCU to six — including receiver Taj Williams, offensive lineman Chris Gaynor, defensive end Mat Boesen, linebacker Tyree Horton and tight end Artayvious Lynn.
Simmons also considered offers from Ohio State, Nebraska, West Virginia and Utah.
Patterson said quarterback Trevone Boykin, recovering from a late-season ankle injury, is practicing “great.”
He said the entire team is running better after getting time off its feet.
“I think they’ll run even better,” Patterson said. “We just had five practices in six days. They haven’t done that since August.”
The Horned Frogs will get Thursday, Friday and Saturday off, practice on Sunday, then leave for San Antonio on Monday.
TCU vs. Oregon
5:45 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN