FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU football played its spring scrimmage amid near-freezing temperatures at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, giving Horned Frogs fans a glimpse of what to expect for the upcoming 2018 season.
Coach Gary Patterson offered up his thoughts on the action from Saturday afternoon following the scrimmage, while also providing some details from previous practices this spring.
Here’s a glimpse of what Patterson had to say as preparations for the 2018 campaign continue for TCU football.
On the overall performance from Saturday:
Patterson: “We were short 55 guys today. 35 seniors and we had 20 guys out today. The whole twos are redshirt freshmen. It’s the same thing we always do here: next guy up….how do you grow your team up [and] make them better? Next guy up. Ben Banogu was out, Ross Blacklock was out, Montrel Wilson was out…..we just…freshmen grow up and we’ll be better next year.”
On the TCU starting quarterback competition:
Patterson: “Really I think the quarterbacks have been okay. We threw too many picks today …. really they ran the offense and they went fast. I don’t think its the quarterback as much as it is everybody else that has to get used to that speed.”
On the unseasonably cold and dreary weather:
Patterson: “This is Kansas spring weather right here … you need to work out a little bit in the rain. I mean every time we go to West Virginia … you’ve got to get ready to play in it.”
On if anyone stood out during the spring scrimmage:
Patterson: “Oh I don’t know if anyone was overly impressive today. We’ve got a lot of things to do before August … Kerry Johnson had a pick. The defensive tackles played well. Taye Barber is just a true freshman.”
On preparations for individual games in 2018:
Patterson: “We’ve got two more practices on Monday and Tuesday and we’ve got things set up so we can make them better and still not get anybody hurt and get them working on … SMU is a new coach, Ohio State is a new coach [for us], so we’ve got a lot. That’s what I was doing last night, breaking down Ohio State runs.”
On hurdles of spring practice format:
Patterson: “It’s hard in spring practice because we really didn’t go back-to-back any day. The problem we have with that is that the guys don’t get in better shape. It’s hard to go out here and go six to nine plays in a scrimmage because you aren’t in that kind of shape.”
On a new center:
Patterson: “You’ve got three guys working there. I think Kellton Hollins is the guy you want, but he’s probably only practiced seven practices because of a lower leg injury … he’s done good and just you’ve got things you’ve got to get done. It takes ‘x’ amount of practices to be good.”
On defensive progress compared to offense:
Patterson: “No, I wouldn’t say that [the defense is far ahead of the offense]. Just today. Early [the offense] went straight down the field and scored on that series. The key is they have to be able to handle the whole defense on offense … the first time they just did what they needed to do, and they started to try and make plays … force things and do things. That’s why I look having a practice in front of people, because you get to see how people react.”