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TCU Starting QB Tye Gunn Out 3-5 Weeks

September 10, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ TCU quarterback Tye Gunn will miss three-to-five weeks after separating his right shoulder in practice.

Gunn, who is undefeated in six career games as the starter for the No. 22 Horned Frogs, was hurt during practice Tuesday when he was running an option play and started to fall down while sprinting toward the sideline.

TCU spokesman Steve Fink said Gunn didn’t get hit by another player, but injured his shoulder when he extended his arm to break his fall.

The school also said that running back Ricky Madison, who hurt his right knee in Saturday’s 17-3 win over Navy, was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. He is expected to be out two-to-four weeks.

TCU (2-0) has an open date this weekend, so the Horned Frogs have extra time before a Sept. 20 home game against Vanderbilt.

Gunn started four games midway through last season before tearing ligaments in his right knee. He is 31-of-47 passing this season for 416 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Hassell, a junior, will replace Gunn as the starter. Redshirt freshman Jeff Ballard will be his backup.

Hassell appeared in just one game in each of the last two seasons at TCU, but during spring drills ran the first-team offense while Gunn was recovering from knee surgery.

Madison, TCU’s second-string running back, got hurt in the first quarter Saturday when he planted his right leg on a running play and it twisted awkwardly. He returned to the game in the second quarter, but left in obvious pain after just two more carries.

Madison was the Conference USA offensive player of the week after a season-opening 38-35 win at Tulane, when he rushed for 115 yards and had an 80-yard touchdown on a screen pass.

Sophomore Lonta Hobbs, a 1,000-yard rusher last season who has 141 yards this season, is TCU’s starting running back.

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