FRISCO, Texas – TCU wideout KaVontae Turpin is handling things better after missing some of spring practice with academic issues.
Gary Patterson said Monday at Big 12 Media Days that Turpin learned from the mistakes that sidelined him during spring ball. The junior was back on the field in time for the team’s final spring scrimmage in April, and the Frogs will hope that’s the last of his issues.
“He’s good,” Patterson said. He paused before saying, “Right now.” Turpin burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2015. He had 45 catches for 645 yards and 8 touchdowns that season. Patterson said that early success made it hard for Turpin “to handle being invisible.”
“One of the biggest problems we’ve had is when we’ve had great freshmen that have played early and got a lot of notoriety,” Patterson said. “Obviously you need some of them to do that, [but] how do you get them back into where they get back in the right lane, doing the right things?”
It was tougher for Turpin as a sophomore. He missed five games with a knee injury and only had one 100-yard receiving game all year. He finished the year with 295 receiving yards and just one touchdown.
After that disappointing season and having to sit out most of the spring, Turpin is back to “doing the right things,” Patterson said.
“We’re a lot better football team when he’s on the field … Right now, I’m excited that he’s back in the purple and black,” Patterson said.