New coach Sonny Dykes says TCU Horned Frogs could play 3 QBs in first game


FORT WORTH, Texas — Max Duggan has started 29 games as a TCU quarterback, and Chandler Morris had 531 yards total offense in his only full game last fall. New Horned Frogs coach Sonny Dykes has still not said which of them will take the first picture in Friday night’s season opener in Colorado.

TCU’s first depth chart lists Duggan or Morris as the No. 1 quarterback.

“I think we’re in a good place,” Dykes said Monday. “Obviously Max Duggan has an important resume. He’s played a lot of snaps here at TCU over the last three years, he’s played really well. … Chandler is the same way. You look at some of the games he played last year he played exceptionally. So they both have experience and they both did it.”

Dykes expects both Duggan and Morris to play in the opener, as well as Sam Jackson, the red shirt freshman who last season had a 77-yard completion for Taye Barber on his lone pass attempt last season. The coach said he doesn’t think it matters who starts.

“It’s a nice group. I really like the guys,” Dykes said. “Sam definitely brings another element to the room. … I expect all three of them to play, and I expect all three to play well.”

Duggan, the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year and a four-star recruit before going to TCU, has passed 5,920 yards with 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 32 total games for the Horned Frogs. The senior also rushed for 1,433 yards and 19 other scores.

After Duggan played several games with a broken foot bone last season, Morris got his first start in a 30-28 win over Big 12 champion Baylor in TCU’s first game after Gary Patterson and the school mutually agreed to part ways. Morris threw 461 yards, ran 70 and even caught a pass. His total yards of 531 were the second-highest in the school’s history, but he was injured in the next game.

Morris, the former Oklahoma transfer, is still listed as a freshman in the red shirt after completing 50 of 76 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns in his four games last season. He had a TD run for the Sooners in their Big 12 championship win over Iowa State in 2020.

Senior offensive lineman Steve Avila, a team captain, said the Frogs have confidence in whatever quarterback is playing.

“All we really know is that there is a change in the voice,” Avila said.

“They all carry out the offense in their own way,” Barber said. “They all bring different things to the table and I feel like they’re all positive.”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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