TCU starting center Patrick Morris not expected back against Iowa State

TCU center Patrick Morris is not expected back against Iowa State this week.

Gary Patterson said Tuesday that the Horned Frogs expect to get Morris back from injury “one of these days.” However, he’s still expected to miss the game against the Cyclones, which means TCU still won’t have much depth up front.

“The one place we need to get guys back is the offensive line,” Patterson said. “We’re getting very thin there.”

Morris has been out since the Oklahoma State game in Week 4 with an undisclosed injury. Patterson said at the time that he would be out four to five weeks. This week’s game against Iowa State would be the end of that prospective recovery time.

Austin Schlottman has started at center the past three games in Morris’ absence. He moved over from left guard while Cordel Iwuagwu took over that spot. Both Schlottman and Morris have starting experience at center and guard, so either one could start at either spot once Morris is healthy. Morris has 15 career starts, with nine coming at guard and six at center.

While Patterson is concerned about TCU’s offensive line depth, he said the Frogs have been able to handle Morris’ injury better than they would have last year. TCU’s improvement on the offensive line under new assistant coach Chris Thomsen has paved the way for the Frogs to become at top-10 scoring offense in college football.

The Frogs face the Cyclones on the road at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday on ABC and ESPN2.

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