Unfortunately for TCU fans, redshirt freshman quarterback, Chandler Morris, will be out for their home opener game Saturday against Tarleton State. Last Friday night, Chandler beat out veteran QB, Max Duggan, for the starting spot against Colorado. TCU showed out at their season opener ending the game in a 38-13 win at Boulder.
However, this win did not come without its losses. Chandler Morris, their new starting quarterback, was injured in the 3rd quarter after a defender fell on his left knee. Morris was briefly evaluated on the sidelines and then proceeded to limp slowly into the locker room nearing the end of the fourth quarter. After the game Coach Dykes did not know the severity of the injury but stated that Chandler would receive a full evaluation when he returned to Texas. After an assessment, the Horned Frog training staff declared that Morris suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee and would be out for the home opener. When asked about the injury and Chandler’s performance, Coach Dykes notes that, “He gave us the best chance to win. That’s the bottom line. I thought he played well. The good thing is we think we have three quarterbacks that can play” Following Chandler’s injury, veteran QB Max Duggan played the remaining time left in the game.
After being named 2021 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week last year in his career start against Baylor, fans are looking forward to Chandler’s return. Chandler Morris, son of former SMU and Arkansas coach Chad Morris, will be one to watch this year. In his first game last year he totaled 531 yards of offense, the second best total in TCU history. In regards to returning to play, Sonny Dykes remarks that, “Morris won’t play this week and I think after that it will be week to week. He’s got a sprained knee, not severely strained.” Horned Frog fans can keep their fingers crossed for a speedy recovery, but can seek solace in the fact that they have two other great quarterbacks ready to go.