Saturday, September 25, 2010
TCU's Kerley put up 234 all-purpose yards
By Jeff Caplan
After TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Jeremy Kerley caught just one pass for 16 yards in Week 2 against Tennessee Tech, coach Gary Patterson has preached about putting the ball in Kerley's hands.
In the last two games, the senior has 10 catches for a team-leading 17. He had four catches for 33 yards Friday and was key in setting up an early touchdown. Of course, Kerley is also the Frogs' kick returner and he can be electric as the SMU Mustangs found out again in a hard-fought, 41-24 victory for the fourth-ranked Frogs.
Kerley had an 83-yard kickoff return that set up a quick, retaliatory touchdown after SMU briefly led 17-14 early in the third quarter.
"Kerley’s been doing that since he’s been here," Patterson said. "He did the same thing a year ago [against SMU]. We didn’t have any enthusiasm in our game and he runs a punt back for a touchdown."
Kerley had a tremendous game all-around game Friday night, racking up 234 all-purpose yards:
*Five kickoff returns for 172 yards
*Two punt returns for 23 yards
*Four receptions for 33 yards
*One rush for six yards
Kerley even threw in an 11-yard touchdown toss, but it was Bart Johnson who made a heck of a catch to get Kerley, a high school quarterback, his first completion of the season.
*Not be overlooked in Friday's win was third-string running back Waymon James, who filled in after Ed Wesley was knocked out in the first half with a concussion.
The freshman from Sherman, Texas, churned for 41 hard-charging yards on eight carries, plus a pair of touchdowns.
"Every year I talk about when guys have to come in and play," Patterson said. "Backup guys, that’s how you win championships. Waymon James did that."