FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU football notched its third 10-win season since 2014 on Friday by defeating Baylor 45-22.
But the status of many Horned Frogs, however, could be up in the air entering the Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma on Dec. 2.
Wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, tight end Cole Hunt and cornerback Jeff Gladney all exited the game on Friday with apparent undisclosed injuries, according to radio reports. Wide receiver John Diarse was also reported to be wearing a boot at the end of the game.
TCU coach Gary Patterson shed light on Turpin’s exit following the game, calling his exit a precautionary move and causing “no concern.”
Other players who were absent from the win over Baylor included tailback and leading rusher Darius Anderson, linebacker and leading tackler Travin Howard and safety Niko Small. Anderson suffered a season-ending lower-body injury during TCU’s 38-20 loss to the Sooners on Nov. 11. The other injuries have remained undisclosed.
Patterson added on Friday that quarterback Shawn Robinson, who was ruled questionable after starting against Texas Tech on Nov. 18, was not in playing shape due to an undisclosed injury. Robinson was dressed, but walked gingerly during pregame warm-ups and did not take second-team reps.
Quarterback Grayson Muehlstein entered in place of Hill on Friday during the final minutes of play once TCU had pulled away from the Bears.
Below is a quick recap of notable TCU players less than 100 percent — ranging from season-ending injuries to potential scares.
TCU’s injuries heading into the Big 12 title game:
- RB Darius Anderson (out for season)
- QB Shawn Robinson (dressed but did not play)
- WR KaVontae Turpin (exited Friday)
- LB Travin Howard
- S Niko Small
- TE Cole Hunt (exited Friday)
- CB Jeff Gladney
- WR John Diarse (wearing boot late Friday)
TCU’s trip to the Big 12 Championship Game next week will be its first trip to a Big 12 title game. It will be the Big 12’s first title game since 2010. TCU’s most recent appearance at AT&T Stadium came in a 37-27 loss to LSU in the season-opening game in 2013.