Patterson Holds Weekly Presser

Gary Patterson
Nov. 4, 2014

Press Conference Video

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

The No. 7 Horned Frogs host No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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

Opening Statement ...
"Back at home. Game nine against a really good Kansas State team. You don't have to say much about them. They've been doing it for awhile."

On Kansas State ...
"They're always good at special teams. Tyler Lockett is averaging almost 20 yards a return on punts. They've been getting up early, especially at home. We've been playing well at home, but they've been getting after people. They play well against the run. It's definitely a tough task."

On Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder ...
"He's won big ball games. He's done just about everything. He's one of those guys who thinks about it 24 hours a day. That's what he loves to do."

On TCU's defense versus Kansas State's offense ...
"They don't turn the ball over much. You have to find a way to win and score one more point. They do a great job. Because of our mindset, this will be a different team than they have played the last two years. Both of us can play ground and pound or play action. It's a little different animal."

On how TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has improved ...
"I think (TCU quarterback) Matt Joeckel and (TCU co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) Sonny Cumbie helped a lot with that. At some point, you get tired of people telling you what you can and can't do, so you start trying to prove them wrong and show what you can do.

"For two years, they said he couldn't play quarterback, we won't win and can't do this or that. He's like anybody else I know who has a fire in them. They're going to try to prove people wrong. Like I've been saying for the last two years, he's been one of the more difficult quarterbacks I've played against every day in practice. We just weren't getting it done on the field. This is the game he's going to get judged on."

On learning to play in the Big 12 ...
"We've shown the toughness of the program through the first three years. We won four out of five road games in the first season. We then had to learn how to win at home in a new stadium. We had to find out where our energy was coming from, and we're getting that from our student section. They've been unbelievable, and then it moves around the stadium. I'd hope the energy on Saturday resembles 2009 when we played Utah. It's going to take a great effort, and we're going to have to play our best football to beat this Kansas State team, because they don't beat themselves.

"It doesn't mean we have to do anything extraordinary. We have to play up to our level in all three phases. For the last couple of weeks, we haven't played that well. We went from one of the top kick return teams in the country to being one of the bottom ones. Young players need to learn that those things are important.

"(Tyler) Lockett can change the whole ball game on the punt and kick returns. Whether it's on offense or special teams, he's a special cat."



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