FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU lost yet another defensive starter Saturday, as coach Gary Patterson confirmed that cornerback Ranthony Texada suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first half of the the Horned Frogs' 56-37 win over SMU.
Third-ranked TCU was already without starting safety Kenny Iloka (knee), linebacker Sammy Douglas (knee), linebacker Mike Freeze (leave of absence) defensive end James McFarland (toe) and defensive tackle Davion Pierson (head). The Horned Frogs are only counting on getting Pierson back at some point this year.
Defensive end Terrell Lathan also left the field Saturday, though Patterson said the undisclosed injury was not season-ending.
"We're not going to make excuses," Patterson said of the defensive attrition. "That's not what this program was built on."
Texada was one of TCU's top returning defenders after starting all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Patterson said they are hoping to get him a medical redshirt.