TCU needs to do a better job creating opportunities for KaVontae Turpin in the return game, according to coach Gary Patterson.
The junior receiver has only returned four punts in five games this season. Patterson said the Horned Frogs need to increase that number.
“We’ve got to do a better job with our punt return group to get him more chances,” Patterson said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “We haven’t been able to get him released yet. So we’ve got to find a way to do that. ”
Opposing teams have tried to force Turpin to make fair catches in order to limit his impact on games this season. In 2016, he averaged 12.5 yards per punt return and had a touchdown. This season, he’s averaging just 7.3 yards per return.
TCU has been more conservative in the passing game this season, so Turpin isn’t getting as many opportunities as a receiver either. He has just 16 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown this year.
The Frogs have tried to get creative with Turpin since he still commands a lot of attention from defenses. He threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Hill on a trick play against West Virginia after drawing the entire defense to his side of the field.
However, Turpin’s best chance to affect games is still on special teams. Patterson said the Frogs will try to improve in that regard going forward.
“He’s too much of a weapon not to be giving him more chances,” Patterson said.
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