Sept. 12, 2015
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TCU head coach Gary Patterson
“Well, we wanted to get better in some areas, and we got better in our special teams groups. We got to play a lot of players. Unfortunately, we probably lost another one, but the next guy has to step up. I think we found a couple linebackers. I thought they played really well. Travin [Howard] and Montrel [Wilson] might as well be considered freshmen because neither one of them has played before, but they played very well. We did what we needed to do, and we tried to slow it down as much as we could. On to SMU.”
On the Kenny Iloka’s injury:
“They next guy has to step up like all the rest of them. We played with 50 players a couple of years ago. The next guy has to play up.”
On [Michael] Downing’s performance:
“He was OK. He got ran by a couple of times. He learned some things that I told him he was doing, and now he understands.”
On the offense:
“I think we still got a lot to improve on. I thought we started very slow. You’ve got to come ready to play. Nothing is going to come easy. I didn’t feel like today was easy for them. With the start of the second quarter, it could have been a lot worse, but we slowed it down. I said, ‘Look – if you want your twos to play in the second half, then we’ve got to slow this down because I’m not going to let this score get out of hand.’ Which to me, it’s still out of hand. We are glad we got out with no injuries. More people got a chance to play.”
On the defense:
“Travin Howard might be the starting linebacker next week. He made an unbelievable play on a jailbreak screen, an unbelievable play on a double out, and unbelievable play on two run plays. Those guys last year wouldn’t have made those plays any better than Howard. He played great. Where the depth chart hurts is not on offense or defense, it’s special teams.”
On KaVontae Turpin:
“He is going to make the first guy miss. If we would have blocked the way we needed to block, then one of them should have been a touchdown."
TCU QB Trevone Boykin
On adjusting to the size of his receiving core
“It’s another dimension but I can just toss the ball to guys like Emanuel Porter and let them make plays. I’m fine with that. But then you have guys like (KaVontae) Turpin that are making plays all over the field, so size is really not a factor when it comes to playing football because you really can’t judge heart. I’ve been trying to tell you guys Turpin has the juice.”
On the tempo of TCU offense and slowing down the game:
“It’s a fast-paced offense but me and Joey (Hunt) have complete control of the tempo of the game.”
TCU WR Kolby Listenbee
On the TCU offence taking shots down field:
“It’s pretty cool that we get to throw the ball up deep. Last week we didn’t get to do that a lot so this definitely gives us confidence going into the rest of the season. We are just going to keep working. When the other teams fear the deep ball, that just opens things up underneath for us.”
On what he thinks while the ball is in the air on a deep pass:
“You have to make a play. Doesn’t matter if the ball is wobbly, the wind blowing, nothing matters but making that play. I used to fear making plays like that, everyone is looking at you and now I just try and seize the moment.”
Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque
"Tough day today for the Lumberjacks. I want to thank Coach Patterson for really taking it easy, particularly in the fourth quarter. I don't think they even threw a pass. I guess now these games are part of the landscape in college football for FCS schools. They have a tremendous program here at TCU. I thought our kids competed the best that they could. We are pretty depleted right now, but at the end of the day, they have an outstanding football team here with outstanding athletes. I can't say enough about what Coach Patterson has done for this football program. We were outmanned from the get-go. We knew it'd be a tough day, but we had a couple of opportunities, got in the red zone a couple of times, and came away with no points. We don't have a kicker right now, which is why we didn't try field goals. I'm not making any excuses at all, but we came away with no points there and gifted them a few turnovers, which you can't do to a great team."
On SFA's injuries:
"Our starting place kicker is back in Nacogdoches injured. We have an on-scholarship kid who kicked off today, and our starting punter actually kicked our extra points, so we were excited when he made the extra point. We would have taken the field goal opportunities if we had a kicker today. We came here with three corners - number 9 was playing receiver on Tuesday - and we had to move him over to corner this week. We lost two corners during the game. Just a tough day overall for our team both physically and emotionally."
On TCU as a football team:
"[TCU] is a great football team, a great football program. They played fast tempo in the first half. They have a big, tough offensive line, a quality running back, and obviously the quarterback is a special player. If you put too many in the box, they're going to throw it, and if you play the perimeter, they're going to beat you in the run game. There's a culture and recruiting philosophy that's been established during Coach Patterson's time here. They did what they wanted to do today."
On Loren Easly's play:
"Loren was a young man that we didn't feel like we had the opportunity to get during the recruiting process. He hurt his knee in a high school playoff game, and big schools backed off of him. We stuck with Loren, and he's worked extremely hard to come back from a total knee reconstruction. He's a big physical back who has speed, and I think he has an extremely bright future here at SFA. There were about 20 kids tonight who got their first action as a Lumberjack whether as a true freshman or a redshirt freshman, and Loren was one of them. It was certainly exciting to see him make a couple of quality runs tonight."