FORT WORTH — TCU football head coach Gary Patterson announced Alex Delton as the Horned Frogs' Week 1 starting quarterback Tuesday, but said true freshman Max Duggan will also see playing time early stages of the team's season-opener Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"Lots of guys keep pushing," Patterson said Tuesday. "The competition is good. I think the biggest thing it came down to was the leadership aspect. Mike Collins was hurt by not really being able to practice for two weeks, but there's a lot of seasons left. Here's a guy (in Alex) that has a lot of experience so this is how we'll start it out."
Delton, a Hays High product and graduate transfer from Kansas State, was part of a quarterback competition that featured as many as six different players before Patterson narrowed the race down to Delton and Duggan earlier in August.
Duggan, who hails from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was recruited by TCU as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was an early enrollee in the spring. Both Duggan and Delton bring different skillsets to the table — Duggan the more comfortable passer while Delton's strength is his ability to run the football.
Delton appeared in seven games in each of the past two seasons at Kansas State. In four seasons with the Wildcats, he accumulated 1,202 passing yards, 868 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns — 11 of them rushing touchdowns — over 20 total appearances.
"I feel better than I ever have," Delton said Tuesday. "Spring was kind of my trial run with the offense and everything. To see myself progress from then to the fall, I feel extremely comfortable with what we're trying to accomplish ... we feel like we can execute at a high level."
Delton will be the third different Week 1 starting quarterback for the Frogs in as many seasons. Shawn Robinson, who began the 2018 season as TCU's starting quarterback, transferred to Missouri over the offseason.
TCU is looking to rebound from a 7-6 finish to the 2018 season. The Frogs were ranked 4th in the Big 12 preseason media poll in July.