The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reported on June 19 that TCU's leading returning wide receiver, Donald Massey, has been ruled academically ineligible for this year. Massey, who caught 29 passes for 365 yards in the 2007 campaign, would have been a fifth-year senior in 2008.
It would appear that coach Gary Patterson may have expected this to happen, as he recruited two wideout three-star junior college transfers for the 2008 season, including one recent signee in the last three weeks. Coach Patterson rarely goes the JUCO route for offensive players.
Massey, who was considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—players on the team, also missed last year's Texas Bowl victory and spring workouts in 2008 due to poor grades.
Although speedy, Massey had a problem with dropped passes and fumbles on kick returns, but seemed to have made progress in the second half of his junior year.
Massey may well be missed most on the punt and kickoff coverage teams, where he was aggressive and fast.