TCU just cannot avoid the injury bug this season. That latest victim is wide receiver Ty Slanina, who suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in TCU’s exhilarating victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock this past weekend. Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson confirmed the news Monday.
Slanina’s season ends early with 11 catches for 134 receiving yards. Last season Slanina had 32 receptions for 383 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He was scheduled to go in for surgery today.
Slanina had been listed as a starting wide receiver at TCU’s Y-receiver position. With the junior now out of action, it should be expected TCU will move forward by bumping Jarrison Stewart up from second on the depth chart. In three games this season, Stewart has caught eight passes for 115 yards. The freshman will be stepping into a key role for a TCU team that has been playing on thin ice at times this early in the season. With Big 12 play now underway, TCU will need to get Stewart in sync with Heisman hopeful quarterback Trevone Boykin.
TCU wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper will have a new role on the team in 2015. TCU head coach Gary Patterson revealed Saturday Echols-Luper will be moving to t he defensive side of the football in 2015, with the transition starting this spring.
Echols-Luper played cornerback in high school, and Patterson noted his size and speed being a good fit for the position for TCU’s defense next season.
The move to cornerback also should give Echols-Luper more playing time on the field as well. The Horned Frogs should be pretty set at wide receiver next season with the returns of juniors Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee and Deante’ Gray and sophomore Ty Slanina. All four were among the team’s leading receivers in 2014. Echols-Luper managed just nine receptions for 72 yards in 2014.
TCU is losing senior defensive back Kevin White, and adding Echols-Luper figures to help the depth at the position whether he wins the starting job or not. However, hopes are high he can step right into filling big shoes on that side of the football.
TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter was arrested Tuesday night and charged for possession of marijuana. He was released from jail Wednesday morning according to The Star-Telegram.
Carter was pulled over while driving a Lexus belonging to Alexis Harris. Harris was also charged for possession of marijuana and is the owner of the vehicle, which alerted police of a warrant hit during a routine patrol. Because of the warrant hit on the Lexus, police pulled over the car and discovered the marijuana allegedly in possession of Carter and Harris. Harris had other outstanding warrants, according to the Star-Telegram report.
This is another blow for Carter at TCU. Heading into the fall Carter was expected to be one of the top offensive players after taking some time off last season at the end of the season to deal with some personal issues. He has been absent from spring drills to focus on academics over football. The 2013 season started with Carter battling a hand injury as well.
Time will tell how TCU responds to this arrest of Carter. The Horned Frogs have already dismissed one receiver this spring. LaDarius Brown was removed from the roster in February following a marijuana possession arrest. If Carter is removed from the roster as well, the depth at receiver would take a serious hit, putting much pressure on Josh Doctson (sophomore) and Ty Slanina (freshman).
A day after reports said TCU wide receiver LaDarius Brown was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession, the Horned Frogs decided to cut ties. According to a report by the Star-Telegram, the school confirmed the decision through a release.
“Due to a violation of team rules, LaDarius Brown has been removed from our football program,” TCU athletics said in a release. “This is very unfortunate. We provide our student-athletes with all the guidelines and principles to be successful on and off the field. At some point, they have to govern themselves. It’s a sad day for everyone.”
Brown was TCU’s third-leading receiver in 2013 with 393 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In 2012 Brown accounted for 385 yards and five touchdowns. Losing Brown for 2014 is a problem for the Horned Frogs, but TCU will feature a maturing receiving unit in 2014. Josh Doctson (sophomore) and Ty Slanina (freshman) owned starting jobs in TCU’s final game of the regular season in 2013, and Brandon Carter will be back for his senior season. Carter struggled at times in 2013 but will look forward to a bounce back season with more consistent play down field in 2014.