New coach Sonny Dykes says TCU Horned Frogs could play 3 QBs in first game – ESPN

New coach Sonny Dykes says TCU Horned Frogs could play 3 QBs in first game - ESPN

FORT WORTH, Texas — Max Duggan started 29 games as TCU’s quarterback, and Candlestick Morris had 531 yards of total offense in his only full game last fall. New Horned Frogs coach Sonny Dykes has yet to say which of them will take the first snap in Friday night’s season opener at Colorado.

TCU’s starting depth chart lists Duggan or Morris as the No. 1 quarterback.

“I think we’re in a good place,” Dykes said Monday. “Obviously, Max Duggan has a significant resume. He’s played a lot of snaps in the last three years here at TCU, played very well… …Chandler is the same way. You look at some of the games he played in. last year , he played exceptionally. So they both have experience and they both did it.”

Dykes expects both Duggan and Morris to play in the opener, as well Sam Jacksonthe redshirt freshman who had a 77-yard completion to Taye Barber on his only pass attempt last season. The coach said he doesn’t think it matters who starts.

“It’s a fun group. I like the guys a lot,” Dykes said. “Sam definitely brings a different element to the room … I would expect all three of them to play, and my expectation is that all three of them will play well.”

Duggan, the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year and a four-star recruit before arriving at TCU, passed for 5,920 yards with 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 32 games overall for the Horned Frogs. The senior also rushed for 1,433 yards and 19 more scores.

After Duggan played with a broken foot for several games last season, Morris got his first start in a 30-28 win over Big 12 champion Baylor in TCU’s first game since Gary Patterson and the school mutually agreed to part ways. Morris threw for 461 yards, ran for 70 and even caught a pass. His 531 total yards were the second most in school history, but he was injured in the next game.

Morris, the former Oklahoma transfer, is still listed as a redshirt freshman after completing 50 of 76 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns in his four games last season. He had a TD run for the Sooners in their Big 12 championship game win over Iowa State in 2020.

Senior offensive lineman Steve Avilateam captain, said the Frogs are confident in whichever quarterback is playing.

“The only thing we really know is a change in voice,” Avila said.

“They all run the offense in their own ways,” Barber said. “They all bring different things to the table, and I feel like they’re all positive.”

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