TCU Football to Begin Spring Practice
Feb. 28, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU football team returns to the field Saturday at 11 a.m. for the start of spring practice.
The Horned Frogs' 15 spring practices are set to conclude April 5. TCU will have four practices before taking a week off for Spring Break (March 10-14).
TCU returns nine starters on defense from a unit that led the Big 12 in rushing defense (130.8 yards per game) while placing a close second in total defense (356.4 yards per game). The Horned Frogs were just 6.2 yards behind Oklahoma State, despite playing 40 more snaps.
Not included in the nine returning defensive starters is defensive end Devonte Fields, the 2012 Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Fields was limited to just three games last season due to injury.
Gary Patterson, set to begin his 14th season as TCU's head coach, is the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach with 120 victories. His .732 winning percentage (120-44) ranks seventh nationally among active coaches. Patterson is also one of just six coaches in the NCAA to have won 100 games at their current school.
TCU opens the 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 versus Samford at Amon G. Carter Stadium.