Big 12 football: TCU QB Max Duggan dealing with calf injury

Max Duggan, Big 12 football Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Max Duggan, Big 12 football Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports /

One of the first Big 12 football games of the Oct. 29 slate featured the No. 7 ranked TCU Horned Frogs traveling to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers. New head coach Sonny Dykes and the Horned Frogs were looking to stay undefeated in Big 12 play this season against head coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers in a tough place to play on the road.

And this game certainly came with its difficulties as West Virginia is taking it right down to the wire. One of the hurdles the Frogs had to face in this game was an injury to its starting quarterback, senior Max Duggan.

After a stellar start to the season, leading TCU to an undefeated run through the first seven games, Duggan looked to have some issues in this contest. Duggan looked to come up with an apparent lower-body injury issue in the first half against West Virginia.

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And the ESPN announcers would later report that Duggan was dealing with a left calf injury that was limiting him in this game. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports also tweeted out the Duggan calf injury, providing further confirmation of the lower-body issue the TCU quarterback was dealing with throughout this game.

Duggan wasn’t the usual threat with his legs that he has posed throughout the season against West Virginia in this one. Late in the fourth quarter, Duggan has a negative number of rushing yards, which would be his lowest total of the season since TCU’s Sep. 24 win over the SMU Mustangs (where he posted -11 rushing yards).

The calf injury might have something to do with the limited effectiveness of Duggan on the ground against the Mountaineers.

Duggan was effective so far through the air against West Virginia. Late in this game, Duggan has more than 300 passing yards and two touchdown tosses.

Duggan and the Horned Frogs boast a record of 7-0 (4-0 Big 12) late in this contest against West Virginia. Meanwhile, West Virginia boasts a record of 3-4 (1-3 Big 12) after an upset win over the Baylor Bears in Morgantown last week.

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This is also one of the multiple quarterback injuries worth noting in Week 9. There is a question mark at quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 29 with senior Adrian Martinez a game-time decision as well as Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders still dealing with some lingering injury issues.