Patterson Meets With The Media

Aug. 3, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson held a Reporting Day news conference Sunday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

In addition to Patterson, co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham, quarterback Trevone Boykin, safety Geoff Hooker, quarterback Matt Joeckel, defensive end Terrell Lathan, defensive end James McFarland and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai also met with the media.

TCU's opening practice of its 2014 fall camp is Monday at 4 p.m.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's presser.

Opening Statement ...
"Well, it's our third season in the Big 12. We have an older football team and probably the oldest we've been since the 2010 Rose Bowl season. It's also the most depth we've had. We'll see what that means as we go forward."

On which area of the team he would like to see the most progress ...
"You have to find a starter at quarterback and at cornerback, because we lost Jason Verrett. We have a lot of depth at both places, so that's a good thing."

On Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel at quarterback ...
"There's no starter yet. Those guys are going to get the No. 1 reps. For those two weeks, though, all five guys (Boykin, Joeckel, Zach Allen, Grayson Muehlstein and Foster Sawyer) will have a chance. Everybody will get an opportunity to show what they have."

On the advantages Joeckel has with already knowing the system ...
"I don't know the advantages. He understands the offense, but we haven't been in a team setting. He's going into a new football team. Obviously, he's older and graduated. We have a lot of guys older, so we'll see how that works out."

On the offensive line ...
"We have a chance for four guys to be new. Joseph Noteboom is a redshirt freshman, and Tayo Fabuluje is back. It's a little different for them, because it's a new offense and they only had 15 practices in the spring.

We're bigger. Big V (Halapoulivaati Vaitai) is back and we added Frank Kee, along with the guys who have been here like Joey Hunt at the center position. Besides center, you may have four news guys. We felt like we had to get bigger, and we feel like this is going to be one of the better competitions at the offensive line since 2010 as far as numbers and body sizes. You have a chance to put guys on the offensive line who will be 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 and anywhere from 330 to 360 pounds. So, it's a little different.

I try to be more positive talking about everything. The last couple of years, I've gone back to 'show me.' Do we have the potential to be what we want to be? We'll start from the very beginning."

On team leadership ...
"We've grown up a little bit more on offense. We've had outstanding leadership on the defensive side of the ball the last two or three years.

"Sam (Carter) has been big for us and Joey Hunt. Obviously, you need the quarterback position. We have B.J. Catalon at tailback and all of our wide receivers coming back. We really only have three seniors on this offense in Tayo Fabuluje, Matt Joeckel and David Porter. We'll have all of our tailbacks and offensive line back in a year and basically all of our receivers.

"As you change your scheme, you have to change your thought processes as well. It's been a great offseason."

On having seven home games this season ...
"It's 10 games in the state of Texas. It's good as long as you can play well at home. We've won more conference games on the road than we have at home. With the marketing department having the 'Amp It Up' theme to get people involved, winning is not all about us. It's about the University, town and everybody who gets involved. You're coming to have a good time. It's a great experience, but we're there to make sure we win. That's how we've got this program to this point, and that's what we have to keep doing."

Sonny Cumbie, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

On the new offense ...
"It's a faster-paced offense. We need to get first downs and the ball to the playmakers. We've got some guys who can do things with the ball in their hands, and hopefully fans will like seeing that."

Doug Meacham, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Inside Wide Receivers coach

On the new offense ...
"I learned a long time ago there is such an obsession if you're a running team, a passing team or a balanced team. Balance, to me, is how many different guys touch the ball, so that may be throwing it a little bit to disperse it."



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