Patterson Meets With The Media

Gary Patterson

Oct. 18, 2011


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 Horned Frogs host New Mexico Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

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

On returning from the bye week ...
"You always worry about off weeks. We went back to shorter practices last week with good on good. I felt like we were a tired football team. We went Tuesday and Wednesday, then just lifted on Thursday and gave them Friday and Saturday off. We came back and had a Tuesday-style practice on Sunday."

On what they accomplished in the bye week ...
"I've always felt like it's good to get the pads off. Plus, we have the BYU game coming up on a Friday the following week. As you go into the last half of your schedule, it's good to get your shoulders and legs back to where you're ready to go. We're trying to get to 3-0 in the conference against a New Mexico team who already had a bye week and got better."

On returning home to start the second half of the season ...
"We didn't play as well as we'd like to the last time we were home, so we're going into a six-game swing. We've got this game and BYU, then on the road to Wyoming and Boise State. We follow up with Colorado State and finish with UNLV. How do you win the conference and keep getting better? We've got to do the things we need to do and be the best football team we can be."

On the passing of former TCU player Cody McCarty ...
"It's a tough loss in our family. He was a tight end here and a coach at Timberview High School. It was a hard loss when we heard about it. I've talked to several former players who were part of those teams that knew Cody. To see someone 29 years old pass away is a hard thing for us. It makes you appreciate every day that you get."

On his team getting refreshed during the bye week ...
"We had a good practice on Sunday. I think it was good not to go on Thursday. Sometimes, being tired is as much mental as it is physical. When you have younger players, they're not used to the grind. We talked about that before the season. They were able to get back academically and catch up."

On the play of TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga ...
"He's a guy who has really come on and is playing hard. He's the one guy I can say has played at the level we're used to playing. He's really come on the last three or four ballgames. We need to rest him more. Our whole thing is about rotation. In a 60-play game, you would like your best players to play 40-to-45 snaps at the most. Stansly doesn't like to be taken out, but we need to get him out. He's definitely stepped his game up in the last three or four weeks."

On the play of former tight end and now offensive tackle Robert Deck ...
"He was a walk-on, but, like I've done with a lot of kids at the end of their careers who have given a lot to the program, I put him on scholarship. He was really the only available body we had left that we could move into tackle. Without him, we wouldn't be 4-2. We're not where we want to be, but we'd be in a lot of trouble without him. He's really stepped in, especially for someone who has never played the position, and been able to block people and help us score as many points as we've been able to."



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