After a tight 23-17 victory to open the season at Minnesota, Gary Patterson has yet another hole to fill on defense in linebacker Sammy Douglas, who suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury in the first quarter Thursday night.
Summers took over Douglas’ duties at linebacker after the injury. Summers received a medical redshirt for the 2014 season after suffering a season ending injury against Samford.
“He played hard, didn’t play great,” Patterson said of Summers. “He saw on film what he needs to do and he’ll play better.”
Wilson is another option to replace Douglas at Linebacker. Before an injury limited him in fall camp, Wilson, along with fellow freshman Mike Freeze, practiced with the first team.
Patterson said he was impressed with Wilson’s performance at Minnesota as a linebacker and special teams contributor.
"We really need to get Montrel Wilson more involved," he said.
Patterson also noted that safety Derek Kindred played through an injury Thursday night, adding to a list of injured defensive players that already includes defensive end James McFarland, defensive tackle Davion Pierson and now Douglas.
Patterson said that McFarland’s injury might keep him out for the entire 2015 season. Davion Pierson is “probably doubtful again,” Patterson said.
Patterson, who has been publicly critical of his young defense since fall camp, said the defense played well Thursday.
"The defense played better than what my expectations would have been," Patterson said. Although Patterson added that a young, inexperienced defense restricted his range of play calls.
Offensively, the status of wide receiver Deante Gray remains unclear. Patterson said Gray’s recovery is going to come down to the mental component of the injury.
TCU kicks off against Stephen F. Austin Saturday at 2:30.