Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson is TCU's all-time winningest coach with a 110-30 record (.786).

Sept. 11, 2012


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

The 15th-ranked Horned Frogs make their Big 12 debut Saturday when they travel to Kansas.

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

Opening Statement ...
"It's the first Big 12 game for us and a big change in the level of competition going into conference games. I expect KU to play its best football game. Coach (Charlie) Weis and his staff have been around the block a long time. I figure they have saved a lot for us. Leaving this game 1-0 in the conference is very important. They have had two games under their belt to get better."

On getting the first game out of the way ...
"There were a lot of things checked off lists, and I have a chance to coach football again. I suppose if you were going to write the script, get it out of the way early. We have to keep getting better, and we have to do that in every aspect. We had a lot of young guys play with 13 true freshmen and even more with redshirt freshmen and sophomores."

On Kansas ...
"Kansas has some senior leadership. They also have like 35 players from Texas, so they have that Texas talent as well. Through two ballgames, we have a feel for what they can do. Their wide receivers and running backs are good players and comparable to other Big 12 teams. I expect their quarterback to keep playing better and better. This is going to be a big game for them. We're expecting a sellout up there. We have to get ready to play."

On TCU making its Big 12 debut ...
"It is just another conference. We don't want to have this mentality that everything we accomplished in the past now means nothing. For us, it is our next opponent and that is the way we have approached it with our kids. You have to get ready to play. We have played Big 12 opponents in the past and understand it's a higher level of play. It is the first of the next 11 games we have to play."

On Kansas head coach Charlie Weis ...
"We watched Florida and we watched Notre Dame. We want to make sure we have an answer whether they run it or not. That is the same on both sides of the ball."

On what TCU got out of the Grambling State game ...
"We have to worry about what TCU has to do. One thing our kids did well is that they played hard and fast. John Wooden always said you want to play quick, but not be in a hurry. We looked in a hurry when Trevone Boykin had the ball go out of the back of his hand on a bubble screen. We learned a lot. People complain about those kind of games, but they allow your football team to grow up. If you are playing a five-point game the whole time, Trevone Boykin is not playing a half. Those kind of things are important, like getting in 71 players. Not having to play the first-team offense and defense most of the second half is important when talking about plays. That makes a big difference, especially being in a night game and having to play a day game on the road. The weather is also giving us a break. We don't have suffocating heat today."

On keeping players focused ...
"Once we got done watching film, it was obvious what they didn't do that well. There are some guys with great potential, but they know where they're at. We have always kept things in perspective. We have done a great job on the road, where you have to take your own emotion. Home teams don't give you ballgames. You have to take them. We had to go to Boise State. The year before, we went to Utah. You need to be able to play on the road and solidify yourself. There are a lot of guys here who played last year, when we had to face the best teams in the Mountain West on the road. KU plays very well at home. There is a chance they were looking past Rice. They are not looking past us."

On returning to his home state of Kansas ...
"My uncle, Harold Patterson, is a Hall of Famer at KU. Another uncle, Ray Patterson, played for Bill Parcells at Wichita State. I have a lot of history going back that direction. I was probably more of a Kansas fan growing up, but I felt I was a better fit at Kansas State. A lot of my friends ended up going to Kansas State, and I walked on there. My family is split, about half Kansas and half K-State."

On TCU quarterback Casey Pachall ...
"He did what we needed him to do. We didn't put him in the second half. They did some things that gave us some pretty easy throws. The defense we are about to play is better than the one we just played. No disrespect to Grambling State. They are a young football team who was kind of intimidated by the surroundings and everything going on."

On the record-setting performance of TCU punt returner Deante' Gray ...
"I told him in practice last week not to be surprised if he returns one for a touchdown. Sometimes you get a feel about a guy. He probably would have had 100 yards more if he went where the return was. It was exciting for him because he has a lot of ability. The thing I was most impressed with was the tackles he broke for his size. We wanted to play him at wide out but due to Travoskey Garrett's injury in the summer, we had to move him to corner. He is a guy we may move to the other side of the ball in the future, but now he gives us an explosive field-side corner who can really run."



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