FRISCO, Texas – TCU hasn’t settled on its starting quarterback for 2017 yet, according to Gary Patterson.
Kenny Hill started last season, but true freshman Shawn Robinson enrolled in the spring and won the backup job over multiple veteran quarterbacks. So when he was asked about how much Robinson would play this season, Patterson played coy.
“I don’t know. He may be the starter as far as I know,” Patterson said of Robinson.
So there might be a quarterback competition in fall camp?
“I don’t know,” Patterson said. “We’ll be better if there is, to be honest with you. We’ll be better if there is.”
Patterson has taken this approach three of the past four seasons. First he had Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin competing for the starting job in 2013. It was Boykin and Matt Joeckel in 2014. Then it was Hill and Foster Sawyer last season.
The good news for Hill is that in each of those cases, the more experienced quarterback won out.
Patterson has said he wants to help Hill get his “swagger” back this season. He also said the rest of the offense deserved some of the blame for the Frogs’ struggles last season.
Robinson impressed toward the end of spring practice. The freshman got the most reps of any quarterback during the team’s spring game in April.
“Well the last four or five practices [of spring practice] he really came along,” Patterson said. “He overthrew some balls in the spring game. But if we had to tackle both of them, like in the spring game, that whole game is a whole different animal because of the kind of athletes they are.”
TCU opens the season at home against Jackson State on Sept. 2.