On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson confirmed quarterback Shawn Robinson will play for the Horned Frogs on Thursday night against Texas Tech. Whether he starts remains in question, however.
Patterson addressed the status of his starting quarterback on the Big 12 conference call on Monday, saying Robinson will be available to play and will be expected to get on the field. Patterson was unwilling to say if Robinson will start the game, which leaves the door open for Michael Collins to potentially start against the Red Raiders if needed.
“He’ll play, Patterson said about Robinson’s status on the Big 12 conference call, according to The Star-Telegram. “I don’t know if he’ll start.”
Robinson injured his non-throwing left shoulder against Iowa State on September 29. Robinson was taken off the field near the end of the game, a 17-14 victory for TCU, to be examined by medical staff in the locker room. Having a bye week to recover from the injury came at a good time for TCU and Robinson, and it sounds as though that time off was a benefit for Robinson with a Thursday night game on the schedule this week.
If Robinson is not used in a starting role, it remains to be seen just how much he will be used in the game against Texas Tech. TCU may need as much firepower on offense as possible against the Red Raiders. Collins has little experience at TCU since transferring from Penn, but he did sit out last year and has been involved in the program for over a year.
TCU hosts Texas Tech on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Texas Tech will be wearing a specially-designed throwback uniform for the game.