Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson (98-28, .778) needs two victories to reach 100 in his TCU career and 12 to surpass Dutch Meyer as the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach.

Gary Patterson (98-28, .778) needs two victories to reach 100 in his TCU career and 12 to surpass Dutch Meyer as the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach.

Aug. 3, 2011

PHOTO GALLERY |  VIDEO NEWS CONFERENCE

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As part of Wednesday's Reporting Day for the TCU football team, Horned Frog head coach Gary Patterson held a news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room.

Included below are excerpts of Patterson's comments.

On camp starting this week ...
"I'll be honest with you, it will be an interesting year for us. I'm pretty much a straight shooter when it comes to all of it. Everybody talks about how we lost a lot of seniors. I think, talent wise, what we have coming back will develop. It won't be as much about the younger players. I'm more worried about the hunger of our group going into camp. I've watched them from a distance during the summer, how we handled ourselves during the spring and how bad we want to repeat. A man without a plan doesn't have a future."

On getting back to work after major success in 2010 ...
"In the 2008 season, even though we beat Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl, we came very close to being in a BCS game. Then you go to a BCS game and you come up short. As soon as they got back, the senior class last year had the hunger of being able to repeat and do something special. This group will have to decide if they want to be like that and the kind of program we want to be."

On opening camp in the extreme heat ...
"Right now, the humidity has been very low. It's hot on your head, but the humidity has been down in the 20s because we haven't had any rain. Every year, it's been the same way and why we approach it the way we do. Do you try to make it through or try to defeat it? We're going to play four or five ballgames between 1 and 2:30 p.m. in this same Texas heat when we start in September. Is it going to be a positive or something that's held against us? It's always been a positive in the past."

On having young players on the roster ...
"About 65 to 70 percent of our team are sophomores, redshirt freshmen or freshmen. When Boise State went on its run a few years ago, I think they started 12 or 13 freshmen. All of that can be done. You've got to decide if you're going to use it as an excuse or a positive. We're trying to be a program and not just a team."

On having a new quarterback in 2011 ...
"I don't judge quarterbacks until Saturdays. To be honest with you, one of the guys our kids are very excited about is Trevone Boykin. The one guy who showed a lot of leadership in the short amount of time being around our players is the true freshman. I don't care who plays as long as we win. I played with Andy Dalton as a redshirt freshman when I lost a senior."

On what he's looking for as camp begins ...
"For me, who is going to be in the top 45 that I'm going to get on the bus with and who wants to fight their tails off? That's what I'm looking for right now. Who wants to be that group? I don't care if it's one of the freshman safeties or freshman wide receivers. We graduated five safeties and five wide receivers."

On having a strong group of returning players at tailback ...
"All four of them come back and all five of them if you count Ethan Grant. To be honest with you, they'll have good years if we grow up on the offensive line. We're going to need all five of them if we don't grow up on the line. Matthew Tucker had the best spring he's ever had here. He's up to 220 pounds and ran like a 4.42. Waymon James had an unbelievable spring. Ed Wesley didn't practice because we were still working him back through injury. Aundre Dean had a good spring and summer. I think we've got four guys who could play at a lot of places."

On former TCU players in NFL camps ...
"We've got 12 guys in our senior class who are in NFL camps with five draft picks and seven free agents. That's out of 20 scholarship guys. I don't know if any of them are going to make it. Maybe all of them will. The bottom line is they were good enough, played enough on film and were committed enough that somebody thought, `I'll bring them into camp and maybe they'll make a good special teams player.' The biggest compliment we have is Malcolm Williams getting drafted by the New England Patriots. He didn't start one snap at corner for us. He even hardly played, but he was on all special teams and tested unbelievably. What better compliment can you give a program than to get somebody drafted that didn't even start?"

 

 


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