Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson

Sept. 10, 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 open Big 12 play Thursday at Texas Tech. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. with the game televised on ESPN.

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

On this week's game ...
"It seems like it has gone fast. We're already in the third week of the season. Two Louisiana schools - LSU and then Southeastern Louisiana - and we're 1-1. Now we go into conference play. Last year, the second week of the season we had Kansas and now we're out in Lubbock on a Thursday night. It's a hard place to play. Texas Tech is 2-0, and they've scored 102 points in two games. They can really move it, they're playing well on defense and doing some things on special teams. In conference play, it's always a tougher game. We're going into a black out. We have to get ourselves ready to play."

On Texas Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield ...
"I knew he was a winner in high school. He won a lot of ball games, threw for a lot of yards and comes from a great family. Sometimes, guys have 'it' factors. They're good players and when you put them in on Saturdays, they do the things they need to do."

On the challenge of facing Texas Tech's offense ...
"They do a nice job of making you play. They're faking it, reading it, throwing the bubbles and the hitch screens. That is getting the ball in the hands of their good players. (Jace) Amaro, the tight end, is a draft choice probably in the first couple rounds. He's 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and can run. They have good wide receiver sets. They've got a couple guys who can make you miss. When you have guys who can beat people one-on-one, that always causes you nightmares because you hate being in space and they do a nice job with that."

On TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin this season compared to last year ...
"It's not even close. We had to talk him into coming to watch film on his own. In high school, you showed up and practiced, and you showed up and played. Very few kids come where their dad was a head coach, like Jason Phillips. From the very first day, Jason was bringing a sandwich at lunch time into the film room and watching on his own. Nobody asked him to. He was just in the linebacker room watching. Andy Dalton on Mondays was probably watching four hours of film after class. At some point in time if you want to become great, you have to become a student of the game. I think Trevone has become a lot more of a student of the game. That is the one thing Tyler Matthews has been from the beginning. Tyler has probably been more of a film watcher than any of the rest of those guys. Casey (Pachall) has really turned around this summer, as I've just been watching guys come in and out of the office."

On Casey Pachall ...
"One of the things that was great is that he walked in my office on Sunday. We had a little bit more up-tempo Sunday practice because of playing on Thursday. We talked about how he was doing. He was pretty matter-of-fact about the whole situation. He wanted to make sure he could help coach, and he wanted to know if he could travel. We will take him on the trip to Lubbock to help the quarterbacks and watch what is going on. It is exactly what I had hoped he would be like if something like this happened. He could be asking why this is happening to him and thinking life isn't fair, and he hasn't been that at all. He was out at practice both Sunday and Monday, and I expect him to be out there helping today."

On when he expects Pachall to return ...
"I have no idea. The little bit I know is that there are 'x' amount of weeks you should be out to really be safe, and there are 'x' amount of weeks where you say you could play but you still have some risk. It's like when guys go out for the NFL Draft. I don't tell them they should go, and I don't tell them they should stay. I give them the pluses and minuses. If I tell them to go and it doesn't work out, then they don't get their degree and it's my fault. If I tell them to stay, they get hurt and don't get drafted as high, it's my fault. I've been one of those guys that just lays out the pluses and minuses. The same thing when we get to that point with Casey. We'll look at the pluses and minuses. At a certain point in time, he'll be able to throw because it is his non-throwing arm. It's about when he can get back into competition and take a hit. That is the crux of the whole matter."

On the importance of the Texas Tech game ...
"You will always see that this ball game will have a high emotion out of both teams. I think we end up recruiting in the state against each other the most, along with Baylor. That is why there are more kids that know each other."



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