Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson has led TCU to at least 10 victories in five of the last seven seasons.

Gary Patterson has led TCU to at least 10 victories in five of the last seven seasons.

Sept. 8, 2009


FORT WORTH, Texas -- With his 16th-ranked Horned Frogs set to open the 2009 campaign Saturday at Virginia, TCU head coach Gary Patterson held his first weekly news conference of the season on Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.

Included below are excerpts from Patterson's remarks to the media.

Opening Statement ...
"We finally get to enjoy a game week. I wish we could have already played. We would have all of those jitters out, but we did have two weeks to get ready instead of one. By getting to play a game already, Virginia has an idea of what they have and a chance to correct it and get better. We were able to watch them play and know what they are really like, and we have another week to prepare."

On Virginia ...
"After watching them this weekend, I thought they looked very good on defense. They only gave up 76 yards in the second half. Offensively, they are really skilled at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. They have four of their five offensive linemen back, and they have played a lot of football. Looking at their personnel, all the way down to their snapper, they don't have a real weakness. We know they are a good program and a good football team."

On preparing for Virginia's three-quarterback system ...
"We have to prepare for one offense. Each quarterback has his own strength, but you can't make your kids worry about that. We just have to stop what they do. We are going to try to read what they do as a team. If they go in a hurry up, we need to be more worried about getting lined up and not with who's playing quarterback. In the first game of the year, we need to try to minimize our mistakes. The team that makes less mistakes usually wins."

On getting his team ready for the first game ...
"We understand that we are going to get Virginia's best shot. It's always hard to go into someone else's house. The biggest thing we have is playing with that emotion needed to win. When we play Texas or Oklahoma, everyone knows someone on the other side. A couple of years ago, when we went to Stanford, we didn't play with a lot of emotion. We have to find a way to hate somebody for three hours. It's a lot easier to do that when you are playing other Texas kids, because there is an emotional factor there. For this week, we have to find a reason to play at a high tempo on the road and be ready to go."

On TCU All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes ...
"I don't think you can measure Jerry Hughes by statistics. He is bigger, faster and a better football player than a year ago, but the key is that he doesn't have the same supporting cast as last season. Most of his sacks and numbers came early in the year, before teams began to double team and chip him. Teams didn't allow him to run wild in the last four games. The key for him is to just play to his ability. I think his productivity will come as our team develops. He is a really good football player, as good as anyone we have had here. If how he worked during the offseason is any indication of the type of year he is going to have, he will have a good season."



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