FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -TCU standout defensive end Tommy Blake was held out of the No. 22 Horned Frogs' season opener against Baylor on Saturday after two extended absences from the team.
Blake, a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and a top NFL prospect, had been away from the team on a medical leave with an undisclosed illness last week before rejoining the Frogs for their walkthrough Friday. He wasn't in uniform for the game.
Since missing five practices and a scrimmage when he left campus and went home for personal reasons in mid-August, Blake has practiced only three times.
Matt Panfil made his first career start at right end in Blake's spot. The junior played in all 13 games for the Frogs last season, mainly on special teams.
Blake, who led the Mountain West with seven sacks and 16 1/2 tackles for losses in 2006, is among nine returning starters for the TCU defense that was top three nationally in total defense, rushing and scoring.

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Clemson names Bryant starter The defending national champion Clemson Tigers have officially named a starting quarterback for the 2017 season.
Thumbnail ACC Odds Which team is set to emerge from the ACC as the conference champion during the 2017 season?
Thumbnail Big Ten Odds After a surprising winner last season, which team will come away with the Big Ten Championship in the 2017 season?
Thumbnail SEC Conference Odds The College Football Season is drawing closer. Will anyone be able to topple Alabama in the SEC for the 2017 season?

NCAAF Team Pages