Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

Sept. 24, 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 Horned Frogs host SMU on Saturday with an 11 a.m. kickoff. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

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

On returning to action after an open date ...
"You like off weeks because you can get healthy and better. What you worry about, especially with playing on a Thursday night and having 16 days off, is getting in a rhythm and continuity with all the things that go along with playing this kind of game."

On SMU ...
"They're always coming at you on offense. (SMU defensive coordinator) Coach (Tom) Mason has always done a great job with the defense. They were in a very close ball game going into the fourth quarter against Texas Tech. There weren't a lot of people open the other night against Texas A&M and (Johnny) Manziel runs around and does some things to make some plays, but they do a nice job."

On the challenges of facing a team coached by June Jones ...
"The thing about passing offenses right now, not just June's, is they're going to keep coming at you. They're like a triple option offense. They don't do a lot, but they have their own concepts and they do it over and over again. What you have to do is be able to match that speed of reaction. You have to be very careful that you don't try and put too much in so that you're always slowly reacting to things. You have to be able to react fast and understand that when this happens, that is going to happen. We get a totally different game plan for them on some things because of the way they do things. You're looking at all the routes. We put last year's game on, our cut ups and everything else, and you get an assortment of things. They have done a great job of doing what they've done there."

On what he's been pleased with so far this season ...
"You have to understand what goes with playing a schedule where you have a conference game (Texas Tech) and you open with LSU. People love that you want to play that game because it is a highlight game. We've played some tough ball games. We pulled within three against LSU and were tied with about five or six minutes to go at Texas Tech. We have to go find a way to finish the ball game and make that one play that is going to make a difference."

On TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin running the ball ...
"When we do run, most of the time it's a read. The defense dictates whether he keeps it or not. On the final two drives at Texas Tech, we were basically just handing the ball off. We won the Texas game throwing the ball nine times last year."

On the TCU offensive line ...
"If you look at Texas Tech and LSU, I think they've held up decently. It's what I said it was going to be. We're going to have to be fighters all year. I think we're in the two top or three schools in the conference in fewest sacks allowed. We gave up a lot of sacks last year."

On what the defense has worked on during the open week ...
"Same thing we've worked on for the past 16 years, leverage and tackling. They need to hold people to one less point. We're at the top of the league in interceptions and sacks. We have to keep working on playing against the run. I think we held Texas Tech to 40 yards rushing. We gave up a long run in the Southeastern Louisiana game which threw that one off. As a general rule, I think we play pretty good leverage. We have to do a better job of tackling legs and leaving our feet."



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