TCU quarterback Max Duggan looks to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for inspiration as he tries to improve his game for the 2021 season.
Duggan, who grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is a Packers fan, says he’s coming around to the belief that Rodgers will be around for the Packers during the 2021 season, even as the two sides are, as Rodgers said earlier this year, not on the same page philosophically.
But, whether Rodgers is in Green Bay or somewhere else in 2021, Duggan is always going to look to the future Hall-of-Famer for tips on how to improve his game.
“I grew up a Green Bay Packers fan. I’m from the Midwest. So, I love Aaron Rodgers,” Duggan said. “That’s a guy I’ve always watched. I’m not saying you try to be him, but you try to take things away from him, whether that’s quick game stance, maybe drops. Small things like that. You’re not going to be Aaron Rodgers or trying to be like Aaron Rodgers, but there are guys like that I try to pick things up from mechanics-wise.”
Duggan helped the Horned Frogs to a 6-4 record in 2020, and there doesn’t appear to be any question he’ll be the starter going into 2021.
Duggan threw for 1,795 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ended up leading the Horned Frogs in rushing with 526 yards and 10 touchdowns.
TCU is coming off a 2020 in which it went 6-4 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 action. The Horned Frogs earned a bowl bid to the Texas Bowl, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Among Big 12 teams last year, the Horned Frogs were the No. 1 rushing team in the conference, averaging 214.7 yards per game. But one of those top producers, Darwin Barlow, transferred to USC in June.
Duggan is one of several returning starters on offense, a unit bolstered by the transfer of former Memphis offensive lineman Obinna Eze. Defensively, the Horned Frogs return seven starters, including potential All-Big 12 performers like defensive end Ochaun Mathis, cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson and safety La’Kendrick Van Zandt. Additionally, the defense welcomes a Memphis transfer, T.J. Carter, to the secondary, and can count defensive tackle Corey Bethley back after he opted to return to school and not go pro.
Patterson is entering his 21st full season as head coach at TCU, where he has gone 178-74. But, in the past three seasons the Horned Frogs have gone just 18-17, after going 40-13 and sharing a Big 12 title in the four seasons prior to that. The Horned Frogs have earned bowl berths in seven of the program’s nine seasons in the Big 12 since joining in 2012.
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