Big 12 Media Days: Sonny Dykes ‘excited to see’ what QB Chandler Morris can do at TCU

ARLINGTON, TX – The TCU Horned Frogs have had one of the most shocking conference seasons in recent memory. Not because of the play on the pitch, or even the wins and losses, but because the longtime head coach Gary Patterson resigned mid-season.

Along with the departure of Patterson, arguably the team’s most talented player as a running back Zach Evans moved to Oxford, MS to play for the Ole Miss Rebels. With TCU bringing talent to the field from many different places, as well as new minds on the coaching staff, things will be very different this season in Fort Worth.

The engaged horned frogs Sonny Dykes to right the ship, bringing all kinds of experience into the training world. The former SMU coach is also no stranger to being the head man, also spending time at Louisiana Tech and California.

One of the biggest burning questions that Dykes and TCU will need to answer sooner rather than later is the starting quarterback position. Horned Frogs return veteran quarterback Max Duganwho is the presumed starter, but a familiar face of Norman will have a say in the competition.

Former Oklahoma QB Chandler Morris transferred to TCU after the 2020 season and is expected to start his first season under Dykes. Morris saw game action for TCU last season, leading the Frogs to their biggest win of the season, a 30-28 win over Baylor. He played four games and kept his red shirt.

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“I know Chandler well,” Dykes said. “I was lucky enough to see him play at Highland Park (High School) when I was at SMU, and he comes from a football background. It’s very similar to mine. His dad (longtime coach Chad Morris) was a head coach. He’s kind of one of those kids who grew up hanging out in the field.

Morris’ pre-existing relationship with Dykes helps the two maintain their comfort amidst all the uncertainty. While there is no set starter, Dykes explained the attributes that make Morris special.

“When you come back and talk to Randy Allen, who was his high school coach, Randy had nothing but good things to say about him,” Dykes said. “When I spoke to lincoln riley about Chandler, Lincoln had nothing but great things to say about him. Everyone who dealt with him in Oklahoma said the same thing.

“Listen, he’s just a great kid, hardworking and loves the game. When you have talent, passion and that football experience, it leads to great success. We’re excited to see what he can TO DO.

The Sooners will get their first taste of TCU this season, as their game is scheduled for Oct. 1.

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