Despite not playing in the final four games of the season for the TCU Horned Frogs, running back B.J. Catalon still leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns. It’s a total Catalon won’t be able to increase at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson stated Catalon won’t play in the bowl game due to an inability to get him fully ready for the contest.
Patterson says Catalon will not play in Atlanta. Is past the concussion but he and family evaluating for next year.
— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) December 23, 2014
Patterson acknowledged concussion for Catalon. But said other factors to consider. Said he’s been out too long to get ready in time. — Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) December 23, 2014
Prior to Catalon’s injury, the running back gained 493 yards through the team’s first eight games. Since his departure from the lineup, junior Aaron Green effectively took over as the team’s top rusher. During those final four games, Green ran for over 100 yards three times and averaged 119 yards per game.
With Catalon out of the lineup, Green’s contributions during the bowl game will be vital to TCU’s success.
Ole Miss owns one of the nation’s most aggressive defensive fronts. TCU’s ability to run the ball effectively will take pressure off of quarterback Trevone Boykin. If the Rebels can effectively slow Green then they’ll be able to pin their ears back to rush the passer, which is where their defensive line truly excels.