Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Aug 27, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

No. 20 TCU opens its 2013 season Saturday versus No. 12 LSU in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. with the game televised on ESPN.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.

On what comes to mind about LSU ...
"The thing about (head coach) Les Miles and the LSU program is that they make you live up to the big five: you have to block, you have to tackle, you have to be physical, you have to take care of the football and you have to handle the grind. They will make it a three-hour middle drill. If you can't handle the grind, they're going to see it. One of the more exciting things about the game is that we can learn what we're like and what we have to be. Les has done an unbelievable job of taking LSU to where it is. They've always played great defense. They're also going to have the big tailbacks who can outrun you and run over you. They have really good wide receivers who are big and strong and can make the catch when they're covered tightly. It will be a one-on-one battle all night."

On what a win would say about TCU ...
"It means we're 1-0. We beat Oklahoma in 2005 and then got beat by SMU the next week. We're just trying to get to 1-0. The thing for us is that we have to play within ourselves. I believe doing that is very important with as young as we still are."

On whether there is a different feeling approaching this game as a member of the Big 12 ...
"No, it's our second year in the Big 12. We scheduled this game before we were in the conference. I'm really more worried about TCU, how we play within ourselves and how we do. We're obviously worried about LSU, but I don't have any control over LSU. I have control over TCU. How do I handle the team between here and Saturday, how do we finish all the little things we need to do in the next couple days to make sure we can play the best possible game. If you don't do that, you don't have a chance to win."

On the TCU defense ...
"What concerns you is the pass rush. We feel like we have some good players. When you play against people, especially in our league where they're going to throw it 40 to 50 times, the best pass coverage is the pass rush. LSU doesn't really let you do that very much. There are a lot of ways they do their protections. We're going to have to be able to play faster. The best part about the back five and even the two deep is that they really like each other. They like playing together and being around each other. When you have a group that tries to protect each other, it really helps you."

On his team's offensive line depth ...
"Over the next three or four years, to win titles and sustain being good, we have to get deeper. We are better at tackle and center than we were a year ago. We have to keep growing at guard. Both of LSU's defensive tackles are very good players inside. It's a fistfight all day long of what you have to do. Their back seven is always going to be physical and fast. They're like us. They've been known for that for a long time."

On his excitement to face LSU as a head coach ...
"Even as a coach, you know you have to be a lot more perfect. As a defensive guy, do you need five in the box to stop the run or do you need six, seven, eight, nine in the box or do you need 11. For LSU, I'd say you'd need 11. They come at you all day long and you have to be able to understand it. You don't physically stop them. We know they're going to have tricks. Les (Miles) does an unbelievable job in the red zone, goal line and short yardage of finding ways to get you. In order for us to have a chance to win, you can't give them the easy touchdown. You have to make them earn everything they get."

On the importance of the LSU game ...
"This can't be your whole season. I don't believe Les (Miles) is doing that at LSU. I read something that their team wanted to make a statement because this is the lowest they've been ranked in a while. We are in the same context, talking to recruits who can play on this level. I would have liked to have gone into a game of this magnitude with a little older football team but as usual, with everything else, there is never a good time. Our first goal is to win a conference championship. Win a conference title, get to a bowl game, BCS game and a national championship. You're supposed to get ready for the games you are supposed to win, and the big games will take care of themselves. I have to do a good job of leading, where they follow my lead as to how we handle ourselves on the field."



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