Aug. 26, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas
-- TCU football coach Gary Patterson
held his weekly Tuesday news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room.
The Horned Frogs host Samford on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the 2014 season opener at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.
On the team's quarterback play during camp ...
"Anytime you put in something new, you get to a certain point of time where you just have to play ball. You don't know how people are going to react. It's how you play on Saturdays. That's always been the way quarterbacks have been watched and evaluated for us. They'll both play. As far as who starts, we'll let Samford figure all of that out."
On what he's seen from the quarterbacks ...
"No. 1, there's been great chemistry. They both complement each other. Matt (Joeckel) coming in really raised the bar with learning the offense. It gave us an opportunity to know there was a competition. In the spring, Trevone (Boykin) lost 20 pounds. You're not going to find a better-looking guy when he's running around. They both understand there was a competition level. In practice, they were pretty well even. On my sheet, there was definitely one who had an edge in practices and will be the guy we run out there to start. Both will play, and we'll go about our business. They both did well. We pride ourselves in red zone. In the two stadium scrimmages, the offense did well against the defense."
On the new offense ...
"I'm looking forward to seeing it myself. It's one thing to go out and do it in practice, but it's another to do it in a game and all the things you need to do. I'm guarded for the simple reason that we're going to play a really good defense that has eight starters back. They have a preseason All-America safety and a three-year starter at cornerback. They have guys coming back who are big. You have to go get ready to play.
"Samford believes they can come here and win. I can only worry about what TCU does. We haven't had a better camp. The kids have worked really hard, matured and grown up. I think we can become an even better football team. Depth wise, we've had some true freshmen beat sophomores out. I think competition will go on, even at the quarterback position. We'll see what the best combination is for us to be the best football team we can be.
"We have to stay healthy. Having Tayo Fabuluje back has really been a big help. We've had some guys grow up on the offensive line. There won't be anybody faster in college football than Kolby Listenbee. He's had a great two-a-days. He can run. Nobody has anyone that fast playing college football."
On how the up-tempo offense helps the defense ...
"I don't know if it does. If we're out there scoring points, then it does. Otherwise, we're back on the field. The myth is you can't play defense when you run this kind of offense. We do a lot of detail work in the first 45 minutes of the day. It still comes down to being really good at different elements and execution. That's what they believe in. I think we've matured. The worry for me is things that they don't do. We're just going to have to play a ball game and find that out."
On what led to making changes in the offseason ...
"When you don't win is the key to it. We were in those games, and a lot of those were on the road. It's not do we still have the toughness to finish ball games, because that answer is yes. A lot of those games came down us not doing the things we needed to do. You can't turn the ball over, even in this new offense. If you turn the ball over, you're going to have a lot of trouble doing the things you need to do. What this offense allows you to do, and we've been fast-paced with some of our offenses in the past, is that it doesn't allow you to rest on defense because you have to get lined up. We're going to find out because Samford is the same way.
"We've become quicker. Some of the things we did in 10 minutes, we now do in seven. We're stopping and running something again, and we're still finishing practice 15 minutes early. It tells me we're getting in the same amount of reps, but we're going faster in doing the things we need to do. The kids handled it and fought through it when they were tired."
On former TCU head coach and now Samford head coach Pat Sullivan ...
"Pat Sullivan is an unbelievable man. He's a great football coach and a Heisman Trophy winner. I know he's struggled with his health. He has a lot of close friends here in Fort Worth. I'm lucky to be one of them. He always kept that friendship. I wish he was coming back to the ball game in a little better perspective. He's a great man, even when we played UAB and he was on their staff. He was always nice and humble. Our thoughts have gone out to him for a long time."
On the TCU players heading into the season opener ...
"There's more of a calmness and attention to detail with this team than there was a year ago. There are less agendas than what you normally have with younger teams. Sometimes there are more things to fix when you win a lot of ball games than when you lose. Everybody just wants to know what those changes are going to be when you lose. The way we built our reputation here is that we don't talk about those kinds of things. You have to step up, play and that's why we practice the way we do. All we care about is having one more point at the end of the day than the other team, whether we scored it at the beginning or the end. We want to outlast our opponents."