It’s been a rough season for the TCU Horned Frogs after starting the season with such high expectations in their second run through the Big 12. Injuries and defections have picked at this roster all season long, forcing inexperienced and untested role players into featured parts and the results have been mixed at best. And it doesn’t look like there’s much relief in sight as the team announced that running back Waymon James has been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
The senior running back is currently third on the team in rushing, racking up 242 yards and four touchdowns this season while averaging a healthy 4.40 yards per carry. He has been seeing his role reduced as the season has gone on and B.J. Catalon has taken control in the running game, gaining just seven yards on seven carries over the last two games. In his absence, even more of the offensive load will have to be shouldered by Catalon and Trevone Boykin may also be utilized in different offensive packages as well.
James is just the latest TCU player to become unavailable for the Horned Frogs down the stretch. Reigning AP defensive player of the year Davonte Fields had season-ending surgery on his foot a few weeks ago and quarterback Casey Pachall, of course, just returned from a five-game absence after breaking the forearm of his non-throwing arm. Before last week’s game against West Virginia Mountaineers, TCU’s top returning receiver from 2012 Brandon Carter was granted a leave of absence from the team and head coach Gary Patterson was unsure if he would return this season.
In short, the thinned ranks of TCU just continue to get thinner. The Horned Frogs must rally themselves quickly as they need to win their final three games of the season to get bowl eligible. Can they find the bodies to fill out the depth chart and get it done?