NCF Nation: Rafael Priest

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- TCU coach Gary Patterson and starting cornerback Rafael Priest couldn’t agree on Priest’s status for Monday’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Patterson said Priest, who suffered a sprained left foot, could possibly play in the game. Priest said he was doubtful, but then amended his comments and said that he thought he could play.

Regardless, both parties agree that Priest will be a game-time decision.

“At first, I couldn’t walk on it,” Priest said. “That was only a week and a half ago, so my body’s responded real well to [treatment].

“Four years of playing and the biggest game of my life and I’m doubtful.”

Priest said the injury happened a week and a half ago during practice when he was covering a receiver. The ball was underthrown and as he came back to defend it, he stepped on the back of the receiver’s foot and it arched the front of his foot upward, straining it.

Priest said he had been in an orthopedic boot the past week, but that the swelling has gone down and that he’s now able to wear his normal shoes.

Priest said he likely will not practice before game day and has spent his time doing mental reps, watching film and getting prepared to start.

“I’m hopeful. I feel like I’m going to play,” Priest said. “I’m just getting all the mental reps, memorizing plays and I guess whenever game time comes, if I’m anywhere close to where I can go, I’m going to go.”

If Priest can’t play, Greg McCoy has been working with the first team and will play in his place. McCoy has played in every game this season and has one start.

“Greg has come a long way,” Priest said. “He’s probably the fastest guy on the team. His covering skills have gotten way better and every time I can I give him little pointers and tell him what he can and can’t do. I feel like, if I don’t get to play, he’s going to fill in and hold his own.”
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- TCU starting cornerback Rafael Priest is expected to miss the Fiesta Bowl, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Priest, a senior who has started 50 games during his career, suffered an ankle injury during bowl prep last week. Priest has 18 tackles this season and an interception returned for a touchdown. He’s defended seven passes.

Sophomore Greg McCoy will take his spot. McCoy has played in every game this season with one start. He has 15 tackles and two interceptions. McCoy also has three passes defended and a blocked kick.

Priest is the only starter out for the Horned Frogs. Boise State has had six starters go down with injury this season, including leading receiver Austin Pettis, who suffered a fractured ankle against Nevada. Pettis has been practicing with the Broncos, but is hobbled. Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Pettis would be a game-time decision.

However, the Broncos do expect sophomore slot receiver Tyler Shoemaker to return from a hernia injury that has caused him to miss the last three games.

Sporting News honors 10 non-AQ players

December, 15, 2009
The Sporting News came out with its All-America lists Tuesday and 10 players from the nonautomatic qualifying schools, including two on the first team, made the cut.

TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who has made the first team of every All-America team that’s been published this season, and Central Michigan punt returner Antonio Brown were the two players on the first team. This is Brown’s first All-America first-team selection.

Here’s a look at the players who were honored:


Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Antonio Brown, PR, Central Michigan


Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho

Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

Matt Dodge, K, East Carolina

LaVon Brazill, PR, Ohio


Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU

Zane Beadles, OL, Utah

Rafael Priest, CB, TCU

Must admit that Brown and Brazill are a bit of a surprise, but deserving since they were two of the best punt returners in the country. It's also surprising to see Barnes and Pitta fall to the third team. Both were more deserving than the current selections.