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TCU Quarterback Max Duggan’s Status Uncertain for 2020 Season

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We are just a few weeks away from kickoff and if things could not be bad enough it looks like they could be worse in Fort Worth. TCU sophomore quarterback Max Duggan’s health seems to be a concern as of right now.

On a conference call with team reporters on Thursday night, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said that Max Duggan has been “Sidelined with an undisclosed health condition.” It also has been noted that Max has not been practicing that much during fall camp due the undisclosed condition he has had his entire life. But apparently it was not discovered until recently as TCU has ramped up their testing protocols due to COVID-19.


“Right now, we’ll be going forward with the rest of the quarterbacks. It’s a thing he was born with and I’m just glad we found it.” Said head coach Gary Patterson. And when asked if Max Duggan would be able to return sometime this season, Gary replied “I don’t know. I am not the doctor.”

With Duggan out, TCU must turn to former walk-on Matthew Downing who has been taking first team reps and was a put-on scholarship last year. Matthew started his college career at Georgia and played in four games back in 2018 before transferring and not taking a snap in 2019 for TCU.  

Joining Matthew Downing at quarterback is Stephon Brown who was a former number one rated JUCO dual threat quarterback. However, Gary Patterson appears to be set on Matthew Downing at the moment.

There is no question that this is a huge loss for TCU as Duggan played in all twelve games a season ago throwing for over 2,000 yards and fifteen touchdowns as well as adding 555 rushing yards along with six rushing scores.

This was supposed to be the year that Max Duggan brought TCU back after posting 7-6 and 5-7 in the last two seasons. But if Max Duggan is out for good, then TCU may be in some serious trouble in 2020 and could be in for another long season in Fort Worth.

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