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.”