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Gary Patterson: QB Max Duggan Could Return for ‘A Portion’ of 2020 Season

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas Christian

The TCU Horned Frogs are just 12 days away from kicking off the 2020 football season against the SMU Mustangs. There is a lot of uncertainty in the sport heading into the season, but one thing we know for sure, QB Max Duggan won’t be suiting up any time soon for the Horned Frogs.

Gary Patterson confirmed as much on Monday when the head coach told the media he didn’t have much of a medical update on Duggan, but that the sophomore, “does have a chance to return for a portion of the 2020 season.” If I am reading between the lines, TCU fans should safely expect to see Duggan in 2021.

This news comes less than two weeks after the stunning news from Patterson that Duggan was dealing with an “undisclosed healthy condition” and the team would be turning to Matthew Downing at the position.


As for Downing, he 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, but it’s Downing who will be under center to begin the season.

Patterson said Monday Downing has been looking good in practice, adding, “You have a competitor, a really smart kid. We’ll see what it looks like on Saturdays.”

The Big 12 Conference is set to announce its kick off times for Week 1 sometime this week.

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