Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Sep 3, 2013

News Conference Video

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

The 24th-ranked Horned Frogs make their 2013 home debut on Saturday at 11 a.m. versus Southeastern Louisiana.

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

On this week's game ...
"Southeastern Louisiana is a good football team. They have a couple guys who are nominated as Players to Watch for the Senior Bowl. They've also had a couple guys drafted. They are always going to have good players. They played on a Thursday, so they've had some extra days to get ready for us. As a head coach when you've played a really big ballgame perception wise, you always worry about the emotions of your football team. Week two is the week you want to get better. There were seven (FBS) schools who got upset in the last week by FCS schools. We just need to go take care of our business. I'm sure they have aspirations. They have some Texas kids on their team, so they know a little bit about us. We've got work to do."

On if the TCU defense will have to make any adjustments in facing USL ...
"We're going to play people who will do exactly what they do. Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also have running quarterbacks. They all run a lot of the same stuff. There are a lot of things we will work on that will prepare us for others down the road."

On whether it is difficult to prepare for a team with new players from the junior college level ...
"We've seen the one ballgame they played at home. Like I told my team, this is not just about them. This is about us. We've always approached these games, especially the second week of the season, on how we prepare and take what we did in the first ballgame and move forward. This week is no different. It's a five-week span when you have the Thursday game (Sept. 12) and then two weeks off. We're able to do everything we need to do knowing we'll be playing on a Thursday night in a week and two days, and then we'll have 16 days off to grow our team up."

On whether he has to remind his team not to overlook FCS opponents ...
"I always talk about the Northwestern State game (a TCU loss in 2001). It is not what anyone else thinks. It's about us having confidence and a good thought process going into the game."

On the difficulties in preparing for Southeastern Louisiana ...
"Defensively, they're all over the place. It is really hard to tell how they do things. They cause people a lot of problems. For our young wide receivers, that is a problem in picking up coverages and blitzes. They do everything offensively, including every personnel group under the sun. We have to prepare for them while not knowing which grouping they're going to use this week. I broke them down five games from last year and their opener. You have a quarterback who has been at Oregon and played in ballgames at a high level. He goes along with three really good tailbacks and an offensive line that has most of their starters back. They have 18 starters returning. This won't be anything new for them. They played (FBS) opponents last year in UAB and Missouri."



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