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Horned Frogs RB Shaun Nixon to miss season

DALLAS -- TCU running back Shaun Nixon, a former ESPN 300 recruit who performed well in seven starts at receiver last year, will miss this season with an injury, coach Gary Patterson said Monday at Big 12 media days.

TCU does not disclose specific nature of injuries.

Nixon caught 47 passes for 501 yards and rushed 16 times for 66 yards as a redshirt freshman. He led the Horned Frogs in receptions with nine in their triple-overtime Alamo Bowl win over Oregon and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in TCU's victory over Texas.

He was expected to work in 2016 as the backup to junior Kyle Hicks, who rushed for 262 yards and three touchdowns last season. TCU lost its top two rushers from a year ago, running back Aaron Green and quarterback Trevone Boykin.

Nixon, who starred at Austin's Lake Travis High School, also missed the 2014 season with an injury.

The Horned Frogs open Sept. 3 against South Dakota before hosting Arkansas in Week 2.