No. 11 TCU hurting with QB Boykin, WR Doctson questionable
Both are hurting as the defending Big 12 co-champion Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) prepare to play at No. 7 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1). Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that both are questionable for the game.
''We're going to find out Saturday if they play,'' Patterson said after repeated inquiries about the status of the offensive standouts during his weekly news conference. ''I told you they're questionable and I'll know by Thursday.''
On a run in Saturday's home game against Kansas, Boykin awkwardly turned his right ankle after planting his foot and didn't play after halftime.
''He's better right now than he was Sunday,'' Patterson said of Boykin, the Big 12 leader with 402 total yards per game.
Doctson was back on the field Saturday, but had only one reception for 12 yards a week after injuring his wrist on a catch in TCU's loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 7. A Cowboys defender fell on his arm after Doctson planted his hand on the turf while going down.
The Frogs held on for a 23-17 victory over the winless and seven-touchdown underdog Jayhawks. The only offensive touchdown came on the lone completed pass by redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer, the likely starting quarterback if Boykin can't play.
''There's not any quit. Somebody said we didn't have any emotion,'' Patterson said. ''I think we had a letdown because of senior day, I think a little bit of hangover from Oklahoma State. As the game went on, (the players) became more emotional and had to overcome Trevone and Doctson not being in a whole lot.''
While the Big 12 is no longer declaring co-champions, TCU still has a chance to claim another title if it wins its last two games and Oklahoma State loses its last two - both at home, vs. No. 10 Baylor and then the Sooners.
Patterson said Boykin and Doctson should both be full strength when TCU plays its bowl game. The Frogs' regular season finale is at home against Baylor the night after Thanksgiving.
Doctson was expected to see another specialist this week to determine if anything more needs to be done for his wrist. The NFL prospect wore a protective wrap Saturday, but never was able to get into any kind of rhythm.
Before getting hurt, Doctson had at least 129 yards receiving with multiple touchdowns in each of the six previous games. Doctson has 79 catches for a national-best 1,337 yards with 14 touchdowns, but no scores the past two weeks.
''The biggest thing for him is he just wants to play really well. It's one of those things where you got to get used to it. So we'll decide what the pros and cons of doing that,'' Patterson said. ''If you go and permanently fix it, which it needs at some point in time to be done, then he needs some weeks and then he can be back.''
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