Gary Patterson isn’t a moron.
Bill Snyder will attempt to distract Patterson and TCU by keeping Collin Klein’s injury a secret. While it’ll leave the Horned Frogs in the dark for the time being, Snyder’s games won’t influence the game this upcoming Saturday.
In the third quarter against Oklahoma State, Klein exited the contest with what seemed to be an arm injury. He didn’t need to be taken to the locker room for further examination, though. And throw in the fact that Kansas State held a three-score lead up 38-20, one could be skeptical about the severity of Klein’s injury.
Paul Myerberg of USA Today reported that Snyder told the media that he didn’t know if the Heisman Trophy candidate will suit up next week. But he defended himself saying, “Obviously he was injured or we wouldn't have taken him out.”
Jimmy Burch of Forth Worth Star-Telegram tweeted that neither fans nor TCU will know anything about Klein’s injury either:
Anyone expecting medical update on KState QB Collin Klein injury before Sat kickoff in FW does not know how Bill Snyder operates ...—Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) November 4, 2012
Countering a tactic like Snyder’s isn’t complicated, though. The Horned Frogs must simply prepare for the Wildcats like Klein will play.
If TCU gets ready with the mindset that it’ll face Klein and he does play, it won’t be caught off guard. And if he doesn’t play, the defense should consider it a gift.
Believe it or not, backup quarterback Daniel Sams is a more-gifted athlete than Klein. He’s just not nearly as accomplished of a passer. The redshirt freshman has only attempted eight this year.
Snyder is hoping Patterson wastes valuable practice time to game plan for Sams as well as Klein. But given that they’re both dual-threat quarterbacks, a basic pre-game adjustment with an emphasis on stopping the run would be enough to set the Horned Frog defense up to succeed.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.