Nov. 5, 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 travel to Iowa State for a Saturday 11 a.m. contest. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Net.
Included below are excerpts from Patterson's meeting with the media.
Opening Statement ...
"We've got game 10. We're obviously not in a place where we'd like to be at this time of year. This hasn't been a place where we've been in awhile, but we have opportunities to win three ballgames. It's kind of a similar situation to Iowa State. Both of us have been banged up. A lot of different people have been out. At this time of year, you get a chance to play for pride. We have the next two games on the road and a lot of work to do."
On rallying his team at the end of the year, as he did in his first season as a head coach in 2001 ...
"One of the things is that we got stronger at the end of that year. The difference here is that we're more banged up, but you have to get ready to go. One thing that I draw from is how good a practice we had on Sunday. Kids bounce back. They wondered how we were going to approach it, and it's like we always have. You just keep climbing the mountain, get better and go do it. We had a good practice on Sunday, and I expect to have a good one today."
On Sunday's strong practice ...
"I think it shows what kind of people we have and what type of kids are on this team. We're not as old as we need to be senior-wise. We only have six or seven seniors playing, but it shows we have a lot of kids who like playing the game. Kids who like the game get ready every Saturday. They were a little bit down from the Texas loss going into the West Virginia game, but I thought there was more attention to detail Sunday than there was the previous week."
On if TCU's wide receivers had their best game against West Virginia ...
"I don't know that. I tell people that Trevone (Boykin) would be a lot better quarterback if he was throwing to Trevone. We've been saying we needed a go-to guy, and there were a couple guys who made plays. Casey (Pachall) looked to (Trevone), and he went up and made plays with people all over him. That is what someone, who you would say is your go-to guy, is supposed to be like and he was able to get that done. I was excited. Casey was really a true soldier because he took some big-time hits and made some plays. He gave us an opportunity and a chance to win. We went down the field, scored and had some nice plays by Josh Doctson, David Porter and LaDarius Brown. They were guys who made plays that give you a chance. That is what you're looking for. You want people who will give you a chance. Casey got the ball out of his hands as quick as we'd seen him do it in a long time, which is what you need to do when people are blitzing you and doing all that stuff."
On his team over the final three games ...
"If Sunday was any indication, they'll be great. If you're not inside the walls of a football program, then you don't really know what makes it tick. You don't really know what is wrong. All you can do is judge it off a Saturday and anything you read in the paper. I've been saying since the beginning that we're young. You lose some players that we lost early, like a Devonte (Fields), and this group could have quit a long time ago. One of the things is that this group likes to play. They have a lot of pride, and there is a lot of history. As I told them, you have two ways of looking at it. You can look at it like our chance is not very good, and I told them the odds are not in your favor to win three more. To be honest with you, that is what we are going to try and do. As I told somebody yesterday, without bad luck I'm not sure we've had any luck at all the last couple seasons. We've got an opportunity. If you look at the other side of it, the success stories of how James Dunbar has turned himself around, how Casey Pachall has turned himself around and the amount of young guys who are growing up and becoming players are definitely big positives."
On whether he has ever had a player like Trevone Boykin ...
"No. I've never had one who could move over to receiver and do that. Fortunately for us, he played some of that in two-a-days with Casey. He is too good a player and too good of an athlete to leave on the sidelines if one guy is playing quarterback. He has prepared to be a wide receiver. He likes being on the field and not standing on the sidelines. It is definitely a big positive for us and will be a big positive going forward. I think it does show that when you can get a guy who can do that within our offense, like (Josh) Boyce last year, you can move the football. You just can't turn the ball over. It becomes a simple thing. Four or five turnovers is how you get yourself in a situation that we were in the other day. One of the things you have is that the kids are excited. You want to make it as upbeat as you can, but you still have to understand that winning is hard. I tell them all the time. In this day and age, winning is hard. You have to be able to find ways to do it, grow up and do it as a team. We've been very close this season and close doesn't count."