FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Without Max Duggan, the fourth-year quarterback who had lost his starting job going into this season, third-ranked TCU might not be undefeated, getting ready for the Big 12 championship game and on the verge of making the College Football Playoff.
”It’s just our guys’ undying belief in him, and our guys trying to play their tails off for him because they have so much respect and admiration for what he brings to our football program every day,” first-year TCU coach Sonny Dykes said.
”I’d do anything for that guy,” sixth-year senior offensive lineman Wes Harris said. ”He’s got the heart of a warrior and he’s just a leader.”
Since taking over in the second half of the season opener, after redshirt freshman starter Chandler Morris sprained his knee, Duggan has been one of the nation’s most efficient passers. He has completed two-thirds of his passes, leads the Big 12 with 3,070 yards and 29 touchdowns, and has thrown only three interceptions.
Duggan is set for to make his 41st career start for the Horned Frogs (12-0) in the Big 12 title game against 13th-ranked Kansas State (9-3). They have already made a strong case to be part of the four-team playoff, though a win Saturday would guarantee that.
While disappointed when finding out from the new coaching staff about a week before the opener that he wouldn’t take the first snap of his senior season, Duggan never considered leaving.
”Maybe that might have been the last time I was playing, might have been my last snap, but there was never a thought of me leaving,” Duggan said. ”I was going to be here. I wanted to make sure I graduated here. I wanted to make sure that I was here when TCU was back on top.”
And he certainly has had a huge part in making that happen. Duggan could go from losing his starting job to TCU’s first playoff, and maybe a trip…
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Author : The Associated Press
Publish date : 2022-11-29 10:58:57
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