Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson is TCU's all-time winningest coach with a 111-30 record.

Gary Patterson is TCU's all-time winningest coach with a 111-30 record.

Sept. 18, 2012

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

The 16th-ranked Horned Frogs (2-0) host Virginia (2-1) Saturday in a sold-out 11 a.m. game in Amon G. Carter Stadium.

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

Opening Statement ...
"We are trying to get through the non-conference schedule. As I have said before, it just keeps getting tougher. Virginia is a good football team. They are very big and physical on both sides of the ball. They run a pro-style offense and don't give up big plays defensively. They have a west coast offense but take their chances downfield. They have good returners on special teams and a good receiver in (Darius) Jennings. They are a lot better football team than who we played three years ago, when we went to Virginia."

On TCU's turnovers last week ...
"If it was something that I thought would happen more, I would be concerned. If it keeps happening I will be concerned, but right now it is not as big of a concern to me."

On Virginia ...
"The longer we go, the tougher it's going to be to move the football. They are going to be more physical. Offensively, we are not going to face anyone who is bigger. This is like a BYU offensive line that averages 6-5, 6-6 and over 300 pounds. They have 6-6, 6-7 tight ends. They have three or four running backs you play and receivers who can beat you vertically."

On playing at home ...
"I told my team last year that we had to win on the road. I told them the first thing you have to do when you enter a new conference is secure home. We did that in the first game, and hopefully we'll do it again in the third game. I thought the kids played very hard against Grambling State. I thought we played more like a Big 12 team against Grambling State, and that was because we played fast. We were more prepared for that because we had two weeks of game prep over four days."

On positives from the Kansas game ...
"I liked how we moved the football. We found a way to win this one. Defensively, I was excited that we stopped what we saw on film. Anything we saw on film from Notre Dame, the Notre Dame playbook and what we had already seen on film from the first two games, we pretty much shut down. We did a poor job tackling on the back screen. We played it well in practice, but we did not play it well in the game. Their receiver splits were also different. I thought our kids did a better job adjusting. I got to the point, calling plays, that I didn't want to give the game away. We gave up some yards, but we allowed six points. I said before the season, if you are going to play in the Big 12 you have to make people kick field goals."

On 11 a.m. kickoffs ...
"I thought our kids did a pretty good job at Kansas. Sometimes when we have bed check, there are still TVs on and people not asleep. When the coaches checked the other night, everyone was asleep. I think our kids took it as important. I don't know if they were uninspired, not focused, lackadaisical or dazed, there was just something off, and I could see it. We obviously have to play better down the road. We have done it before. We will learn from that lesson this time. I hope the fans are there by 11. For us, the advantage we need to have on Virginia is that we have fans there. The game is sold out and standing room only tickets are being sold. It is Family Weekend, too. I am going to do some things to get the students fired up to be there. Students stayed the whole game for Grambling State. That bottom section was full the entire time. If it stays that way for the next `x' amount of years, that will be great. It was a lot of fun."

On the play of his team's wide receivers ...
"Brandon (Carter)and LaDarius Brown were involved. We need to get Skye Dawson more involved, and we have to get Cam White the ball. They are a year older, they block better and that helps us. When they are a young player, you need to get them to play at the speed they have. LaDarius is a team guy, and he played better. He was not down after the Grambling State game when he didn't have a catch. Every week, he is going to keep getting better and better."

On the development of the freshmen ...
"We learned more in the Kansas game on how to play and how to grow up than from the Grambling State game, and that is great. We have to continue to develop communication, who has to talk and who has to make plays. You have to feel good about Aviante Collins starting as a freshman. B.J. Catalon is getting some carries. Griffin Gilbert will continue to make more plays. The punters and kickers have been good."

On linebacker play for his team ...
"It's a position we're short at and need people to step up there, especially with Danny Heiss hanging up the cleats. It's a position where we need everyone to do their jobs and make things happen."

 

 


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