A sudden toxic mix of transfers and injuries is making TCU's quarterback situation look a lot like what unfolded last season.
Hays native Alex Delton, a transfer from Kansas State who began the season as the Horned Frogs' starter, has left the team, coach Gary Patterson announced Tuesday. And Max Duggan, the freshman starter nearly two weeks removed from the upset win over Texas, is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against 11th-ranked Baylor. He injured a finger on his throwing hand during last Saturday's loss at Oklahoma State.
The news got worse. Mike Collins, who had surpassed Delton as the second-string quarterback, is out for Baylor, Patterson said. He was injured on TCU's final series in Stillwater.
Justin Rogers, the one-time four-star prospect, already has left the team. He announced his departure last week.
Patterson is hoping Duggan will be able to play against the Bears. He said the freshman will try and practice this week.
"I think Max will play," Patterson said Tuesday at his weekly press conference.
If Duggan can't play, it's unclear who might see action.
Matthew Downing might be the only one healthy enough to play. He's a redshirt freshman who started his career as a walk-on at Georgia. Then there's Matthew Baldwin, who starred at Lake Travis High School. Baldwin signed with Ohio State, then transferred to TCU earlier this year. The NCAA ruled that he could play this year. However, Baldwin suffered a knee surgery earlier this season. Patterson said he started throwing on Sunday.
TCU experienced similar quarterback woes last year. Starter Shawn Robinson hurt his shoulder, had surgery, then announced he was transferring. Collins replaced him, then suffered an ankle injury in November. Grayson Muehlstein played the final three games, then was hurt in the bowl game against California.
Rogers, who still was recuperating from a severe knee injury he suffered in high school, was forced to play. He attempted one pass in the game.