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TCU QB Shawn Robinson may not start but will play vs. Texas Tech

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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.

Gary Patterson takes line cutting at Chick-fil-A seriously

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Football players tend to be able to pull some sway on campus in little ways, whether they are NCAA violations or not. But at TCU, jumping ahead in line at the Chick-fil-A is apparently not one of them, and head coach Gary Patterson wants TCU students to know that.

Responding to a tweet by a TCU student that accused an anonymous TCU football player of asking to move ahead in line by declaring himself a football player, Patterson chimed in with a timely response on Twitter looking for names.

Fortunately for this nameless TCU player, he got away with this one as the identity of the player in question could not be confirmed. One wonders just how Patterson would have addressed that with the player, and the whole team. No Chick-fil-A for a month? That’s a good punishment, fit for the crime of trying to get ahead in line by relying on your status with the football team.

But let this be a lesson to all TCU football players, you have to wait in line for your Spicy Chicken Sandwich just like the rest of the TCU student body.

TCU names Shawn Robinson starting QB

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson has named his starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs in 2018. Shawn Robinson was named the starting quarterback for TCU’s season opener.

Robinson appeared in six games as a freshman last season for TCU. In that limited playing time, Robinson completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 184 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. An ability to protect the football in training camp this summer was a deciding factor in Robinson winning the starting job.

The former three-star dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 was largely expected to be named the starting quarterback by Patterson, but now it has become official and TCU can move forward preparing for the season knowing who will be leading the offense. Although Robinson has been named the starter, Patterson has said Michael Collins, a transfer from Penn, will get some playing time in the season opener against Southern, which makes sense and should also have been expected.

TCU opens the 2018 season against Southern on September 1.

TCU QB race appears to continue after spring game

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The teams that are able to nail down a starting quarterback by the end of the spring football season are the fortunate ones. Unless there is a returning starter in the fold, the competition more often than not carries over to the summer unless there is a clear and definitive leader in the clubhouse. After TCU’s chilly spring game on Saturday, head coach Gary Patterson appears ready to move forward letting this competition play out a little more before the start of the 2018 season.

“The quarterbacks have been OK,” Patterson said after TCU’s spring scrimmage on Saturday, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We threw too many picks today.”

Shawn Robinson, the most likely quarterback to end up getting the starting job in the fall and replace Kenny Hill, split playing time with Michael Collins and Grayson Muehlstein. All three had a pass intercepted by the TCU defense, leaving Patterson less-than-enthusiastic about going all in on any of his passing candidates. Though not panicking by any stretch of the imagination, Patterson is aware he has a few players trying hard, and sometimes that leads to trying to do too much to gain an edge.

“You gotta understand as a quarterback and players, you just need to make the players you’re supposed to make, and the great plays take care of themselves,” Patterson said.

TCU, like every college football program in the country (including even Alabama) has plenty of time to figure out who the starting quarterback will be. Expect this decision to be made much later in the summer, if not just before the start of the season. TCU opens the 2018 season at home against Southern on Sept. 1.

Former TCU player sues TCU, Big 12 for alleged abuse and harassment

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Kolby Listenbee, a former wide receiver at TCU, has filed a lawsuit taking aim at the university and Big 12 for alleged abuse and harassment he claims never allowed him to fully recover from an injury that may have impacted his professional career outlook in the NFL. In the lawsuit, Listenbee mentioned TCU head coach Gary Patterson and former offensive coordinator Doug Meachum in accusing the members of the football coaching staff of pressuring him to get back on the field as quickly as possible.

TCU has not specifically commented on the lawsuit, which is the standard operating procedure for any university in this situation, but did issue a brief statement saying the school “takes pride in its long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for its student-athletes, especially in the areas of care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries,” per The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.

Per Listenbee’s lawsuit, the former Horned Frog claims he injured his pelvic bones in a game against SMU in 2015. The injury involved torn cartilage that is said to take a minimum of six months to rehab. Listenbee claims members of TCU’s training staff injected him with pain medications and steroids to ease the pain and allow him to continue playing. The pain meds and what Listenbee claims to be a “lack of rest and abuse from the coaching staff” eventually led to having to have metal plate inserted in his bone, which effectively hurt his chances of getting off to a successful NFL career.

Listenbee was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills after previously suffering a groin injury at the NFL Scouting Combine. Listenbee was waived by the Bills a year later due to ongoing injury concerns. Listenbee later signed with the Miami Dolphins in October 2016 and was again waived in early December. A week later, Listenbee signed with the Indianapolis Colts to be on the practice squad, where he currently is under contract as a reserve.

The lawsuit also takes aim at the Big 12 for what Listenbee claims to be a failure to review TCU’s compliance with NCAA rules and policies regarding injury practices.