Friday, September 2, 2011
TCU tailback was suspended for 1st quarter
By Jeff Caplan
WACO, Texas -- TCU starting tailback Ed Wesley didn't play in the first quarter because he was suspended for missing class during summer session, coach Gary Patterson said after Baylor's stunning 50-48 victory over the No. 14 Horned Frogs.
"I told him next time he did it he wasn't going to start the first quarter," Patterson said. "So he didn't start the first quarter."
Wesley, nursing a sore shoulder for the last part of camp and through this week, finished with just six carries for 36 yards. He did not play in the second half because he aggravated the injury in the second quarter.
"He had been in a red shirt [signaling an injured player during practice] for the last week-and-a-half and we probably shouldn't have played him, to be honest," Patterson said. "He wanted to go in and the doc said he was healthy, but the other guys, [Matthew] Tucker was running great and so was [James] Waymon, and they're going to have to carry the load for a couple of weeks."
James finished with 64 yards on six carries and Tucker had 43 yards on 12 carries, plus a 30-yard reception on TCU's go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. The Frogs were forced to mostly throw in the second half after falling behind 47-23 with 6:10 to go in the third quarter.
Patterson said he won't know more about Wesley's availability for next week's game at Air Force until he's re-evaluated on Saturday.