Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

A win on Saturday would be the 100th in Gary Patterson's head coaching tenure.

A win on Saturday would be the 100th in Gary Patterson's head coaching tenure.

Sept. 13, 2011

NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO

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

The 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs make their 2011 home debut when they host ULM Saturday at 1 p.m.

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

On where his team stands through two games ...
"I think it's going to be one of those years for us. We're young and banged up. Anytime you play Air Force, you're going to have people banged up. It was a very hard-fought ballgame. You're glad to be able to go there and win. I'm very excited with how our offense handled themselves on the road, as far as turnovers, moving the ball and scoring points."

On the defensive improvement he saw from Baylor to Air Force ...
"Defensively, I thought we played with a lot more tenacity. They had four plays where they had 147 yards of their offense. Again, we can't give up big plays. Three of those plays came against our No. 2 squad. It doesn't make a difference, though. You're only one play away from those guys having to play."

On facing ULM Saturday ...
"They're a lot better football team than people give them credit for. They came within a game of going to a bowl game last year. Coach Todd Berry is not a stranger to TCU, having been the head coach at Army and also having competed against us when he was the offensive coordinator at UNLV. He knows a lot about us. We've had to go back and study all the things that he's done before that. I can tell you that he's doing it with a lot better athletes than he had at either of those two places. Defensively, they run around. They're all over the place and cause a lot of problems as far as protection and the run game."

On bouncing back from the Baylor game to win at Air Force ...
"Our group has a lot of character and a lot of pride. We came out and played physical, looking for a chance to win a ballgame on the road. As I said before, I thought that was one of our four-toughest ballgames to go on the road and do the things we needed to do."

On playing at home for the first time Saturday ...
"I always worry about the first ballgame of the season when we play at home. People are calling my kids on Friday night looking for tickets. Then we're going to play at 1 p.m., and people want to know what they're doing afterwards. Those are all the things that come along with playing a home game. I started talking to them after the ballgame about being able to get focused and play with the same concentration that we had on the road. If you want to be a great football team, you've got to be able to protect your home."

On quarterback Casey Pachall's performance through two games ...
"He's 1-1. I think I helped Andy Dalton because I never tried to make him into a great player or a bad player. All we did was talk about the positive and negatives and about wins. He ended up winning 42 ballgames and Casey has won one. He's got a long way to go from where we are right now to where we need to be. He's handled the offense, looked very composed and done all the things he needs to do. It's just a learning situation right now. Up to this point, he's handled it really well."

On playing at home while stadium construction continues ...
"We go out there every Sunday night and it's different. It's going to be a cool stadium when it's all done."

On defensive end Jon Koontz's performance against Air Force ...
"We really felt that he and Ross Forrest, who also started as a walk-on before we gave him a scholarship, played very well in that game. On Koontz's big fourth-down play, we called a blitz to force a read a certain way. We were fortunate that they ran a play that the blitz was good for. It was one of the plays that changed the ballgame. He has been coming on. He's battling through a little bit of an injury and has been playing every week."

 

 


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