TCU quarterback Max Duggan will be unavailable to begin the season due to a previously undisclosed health condition that was discovered during COVID-19 testing protocols, head coach Gary Patterson said Thursday, according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Patterson said on a conference call that the sophomore hasn't practiced much due to the condition.
"Because of all the things we had in place, Max has a condition that he's had his whole life and we caught it. Right now he's in a good place and hopefully he'll be getting back some time during the season," Patterson said.
"Right now we'll be going forward with the rest of the quarterbacks," he added. "It's a thing he was born with and I'm just glad we found it; I can say that."
Duggan was the team's starting passer season, throwing for 2,077 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while leading the Horned Frogs to a 5-7 record.
Former walk-on Matthew Downing has been taking the first-team snaps at practice in Duggan's absence.