Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson

Oct. 30, 2012

Press 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 will look to become bowl eligible Saturday when they face West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. The 2 p.m. CDT game will be televised on FOX.

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

Opening Statement ...
"It's a big ballgame going into West Virginia. Both of us came into the Big 12 this year and are on the same path. We understand what we have to do. One of those things would be to get healthy, but that probably isn't happening for a couple of weeks. We have to get ready to play. It's a great venue in Morgantown, and they have great fans and some really good players."

On working with injuries ...
"Teams that are staying healthy are older and more mature. Those teams have been around awhile. Like most teams in the conference, we don't hit a lot during the week. Kansas State does and probably one of the reasons they are a more physical team. We didn't practice Sunday, which is not that big of a deal. We will probably pull the pads a little early this week, perhaps after our middle drills today. It is that time of year where people are not playing because they are beat up or because they are sore. It seems like we have been able to play for a half to three quarters. We have to find a way to finish a game."

On his team's youth ...
"We do have a young team, but you can't just blame it on youth because we have had some older guys make mistakes. We have guys like LaDarius Brown who are doing some good things. For whatever reason, I could tell we were not fired up for that game (Oklahoma State). There is an old saying, you have to get ready for the games you have to win and the big games will take care of themselves. You have to get ready to go. We had great practices last week and, for whatever reason, we didn't play with much emotion on Saturday."

On travel plans due to weather ...
"We have had to change our plans already. We will do everything here on Friday and then get on a plane and head there. I usually like to go to a stadium the first time our kids have ever been to a new place, so they know where they are going. In this case, we are going to bypass all of that. We will do our walk through, video tests and eat here on Friday. The biggest thing is whether we can get in. For me, being in charge of 130-some peoples' sons is my concern. We want to take every precaution for wind and ice. We are trying to make sure we take care of everything there."

On West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith ...
"He is the all-time leading passer at West Virginia. They have been running the offense a long time. He is very athletic, can make all the throws and has a lot of weapons on their offense."

On playing at West Virginia ...
"Everybody knows they love their football there. That is what you want. You want to play in front of a fan base that loves football. I think that is why they have been good there. When football is really important, it will be good. It has been good there all the way back to Coach (Don) Nehlen. They play better at home. I think, like us, they are finding out a lot about playing on the road in this league. If you don't bring your own energy, you can get in trouble real fast."



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