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TCU’s leading rusher a game-time decision

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In a Week 2 win over Kansas, the school’s first-ever conference game as a member of the Big 12, TCU’s leading rusher suffered what ultimately became a season-ending knee injury.

Two weeks later, Waymon James‘ replacement has his own injury issue with which to deal as well.

Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson confirmed Tuesday that Matthew Tucker will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s conference game against Iowa State.  Tucker injured his left ankle in the second quarter of the win over SMU this past weekend and, while he briefly returned to that game following the injury, his availability for this weekend’s game is very much up in the air.

Tucker currently leads the Horned Frogs in rushing yards with 208 on 52 carries, although his yards per carry is nearly six yards less than James was averaging (9.9) at the time of his injury.

The Dallas Morning News notes that, if Tucker is unable to go and due to injury issues that have slammed headfirst into TCU at the position, Patterson is considering sliding No. 2 quarterback Trevone Boykin a few feet back in the backfield.  The redshirt freshman has never played the position, but is averaging over 10 yards a carry (12-122) this season in his role as backup to starter Casey Pachall.

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5 Responses to “TCU’s leading rusher a game-time decision”
  1. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 3, 2012 11:26 AM

    First off, God Bless and hope all injuries are not serious, with that said:
    Welcome to the big boys conference TCU…, it’s one thing to go undefeated in the MWC or MAC and another thing in the BIG XII.
    It’s all about depth and how deep you are.
    This is why I am against schools like Boise State and Hawaii, Utah (before they were part of the PAC), to play in the BCS or even be considered as a National Title contention, that’s just plain silly.
    If LSU goes undefeated with Boise States schedule I’ll be against them in the BCS also. Just because you show up once or twice a year to play, and beat, the big boys does not necessarily mean you belong, it just means you are capable and with improvement and persistent (anybody anytime), then and only then can your program be taken seriously.

  2. v2the4 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:22 PM

    hey yo asianNseccountry,

    you do know that Boise, Utah, Hawaii, Houston, and LaTech have the same number of scholarships that LSU, Vandy, Kentucky, and Arkansas have right? 85…..injuries can happen in the big conferences and small conferences alike. I think this is what this particular article was about.

    this is the third RB TCU has lost this year, as former starter Ed Wesley quit in the offseason and James season ending injury.

    TCU has a fifth year senior, Andre Dean, a transfer from UCLA and former top ten rb recruit out of the 2007 class, as the current starter…their other RB is true freshman in BJ Catalon, who was highly recruited out of the Houston area Patterson should just use the backs on the roster instead of moving a backup qb to the rb position mid week.

    and speaking of falling depth, you do know that Alabama only has THREE scholarship RB’s left, after Dee Hart got hurt…..if any of those three get hurt, their running game will suffer big time.

  3. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    @v2the4
    Huh? So you saying Boise State, Hawaii, La Tech, or other small conference football team’s 85 scholarship players are the same as those of LSU, Bama, or USC.. Please clarify.

  4. v2the4 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:32 PM

    @crazyasian

    the article mentioned how TCU could lose another RB this week to injury after losing their starter two weeks ago. Your statement was telling TCU “welcome to big conference football” and its about depth and how you use it….

    we totally agree there, but I also mentioned that every school in the FBS, wheter you are talking about BCS champ Alabama, or the new teams to FBS like UMass and Texas St, they all have 85 scholarships and haveto use them accordingly to build depth. TCU has already lost two RB’s (one quit, one to injury) and Bama has lost two rb’s to injury since the season started, which leaves them with only three scholarship rb’s, impacting their depth bigtime.

    certainly, the players on the roster of Lsu, Bama, USC, Texas, Florida or any other bell cow program should be better than those at Idaho, New Mexico St, Florida Atlantic or Troy but injuries are a part of the game that they all deal with.

  5. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 3, 2012 9:28 PM

    Points taken

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