UPDATE: It looks like it’s not bad news after all for Horned Frog nation. Receiver Josh Doctson is not out for the season, and will play against Kansas on Saturday.
Straight from Patterson: TCU WR Josh Doctson NOT out for the year. Patterson meant Doctson would be gone AFTER these next four games.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 12, 2015
It appears that a comment made by coach Patterson in an interview with SiriusXM College was misinterpreted.
“Josh Doctson is gonna be gone in three ballgames and a bowl game, so what you’ve got to understand is the next guy up,” Patterson told SiriusXM Thursday morning. “Who’s gonna be the next guy that’s gonna make a play?”
Coach Patterson meant that Doctson will be gone following the end of the season, not that Doctson is gone for the rest of the season.
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Horned Frog nation could have told you that star receiver Josh Doctson would be out for the season long before it became official. Not because they had inside knowledge the rest of the nation didn’t know, but that’s just the way their season has gone. The injury bug has hit TCU particularly hard this season, and today head coach Gary Patterson confirmed Frog fan’s fears.
The Biletnikoff finalist left the game last Saturday against Oklahoma State with what looked like a severe wrist injury. There was some hope he would return though, as on Wednesday ESPN reported that Doctson was feeling better, but was set to see a specialist. The Star-Telegram even reported that Doctson had returned to practice, although in non-contact capacity. The news from the specialist though, must not have been what they were hoping to hear.
Losing Doctson is a significant blow to the Horned Frogs vaunted offense. He has accounted for more than twice the number of receptions, nearly three times the yards, and over twice the number of touchdowns as TCU’s second leading receiver.
It’s clear that quarterback Trevone Boykin and Doctson make for a special connection, but with Doctson out, Boykin will be forced to find chemistry with someone else. He’ll also have to do it during the meat of the schedule. At least the Frogs have Kansas on Saturday which should allow them to find some rhythm before closing the regular season out against Oklahoma and Baylor.