The wait is over. Gary Patterson has finally named his starting quarterback. Alex Delton will take the first snaps of the season against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
This news not surprising as Delton was the favorite to win the job ever since he transferred to Fort Worth from Kansas State.
Gary Patterson also said that true freshman Max Duggan will get snaps in the first quarter against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Patterson narrowed the crowded quarterback race to two players, Duggan and Delton earlier in August. TCU’s coaching staff has raved about Delton’s leadership and personality ever since he arrived on campus.
Gary Patterson has never started a true freshman since he has been at TCU, so it is not surprising that Duggan didn’t win the job. Though Patterson has had only good things to say about Duggan, he was hurt by inexperience at quarterback last year. Gary is easing Duggan into play, which will probably benefit him big time in the future. Also, for those wondering about Justin Rogers, prize recruit for the Frogs in 2018, Gary said that he looks much healthier, but is still not 100% recovered from his devastating knee injury suffered in high school.
Alex Delton’s stats at Kansas State are underwhelming but many think he will thrive under the new offense. He was a great runner at Kansas State, but Gary has said that his deep ball is the most impressive/surprising part of his game.
The biggest issue from last year’s team was the turnovers. He may not be the most exciting player but, Alex Delton is not going to turn the ball over. He will not throw for 300 yards very often but, he will manage the offense and put TCU in a position to win a lot of games.
Surrounding him with the talent that TCU’s offense has will be great for him. With a target like Jalen Reagor, a back-field including Sewo Olonilua and Darius Anderson, and arguably the best offensive line in the Big 12, Alex Delton will help TCU bounce back from a disappointing 7-6, and maybe be a surprise team by the end of the season.
He’s not the most exciting guy for the job, but TCU fans should be excited about this season with an experienced guy under center. I expect Delton to play well under the new offense and put TCU in a great position to win.
TCU will open its season on August 31, at home against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.