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The Horned Frogs could have a scary offense if they can find the right quarterback

Always a defensive-minded coach TCU’s Gary Patterson prefers water – in its metaphorical use.

It’s refreshing, consistent and always does the job, like a 17-13 victory. But now that TCU has settled into the Big 12, Patterson has gotten a taste for Gatorade.

He wants to inject some flavor into his offense this year, so he hired spread specialist Doug Meacham away from Oklahoma State.

“It’s about scoring points,” Patterson said. “… Our whole thing is how do you come back and how do you win ball games and find a way to win the close ball games, and that means you have to be more mature and you have to be smarter. That’s what we’ve tried to work on.”

TCU, which faces Oklahoma on Oct. 4, will do so with some questions at quarterback. It’s definitely not the best position to be in while trying and make wide-spread changes to the offense. Finding the right quarterback is as important as understanding the terminology, and Patterson said his quarterback must have the right mental make-up.

“Definition of a great player is a great player makes everybody around him better,” said Patterson, who doesn’t have a timetable to make the decision. “… The key is to find the guy that has the swagger that allows us to move the football, score the points and the guy that’s not going to turn the ball over.”

Receiver David Porter, who could be poised for a breakout season in the offense, said that Trevone Boykin, Matt Joeckel, Zach Allen and Foster Sawyer have all worked with the No. 1 group with none standing out on the field.

As far as swagger? Porter said he’d give the nod his former roommate Boykin.

“I taught him a little bit of the stuff he knows,” Porter said.


9 - number of defensive starters returning to a unit that ranked as the No. 1 run defense and No. 2 overall defense, just behind Oklahoma. … .743 - the Horned Frogs winning percentage since Patterson became head coach in 2000, fifth-best percentage in the nation. … 50,307 - the largest crowd in the history of Amon G. Carter Stadium (Nov. 14, 2009 against Utah). … 5 - consecutive losses against ranked opponents, two have been to Oklahoma. … 120 - wins by Patterson at TCU, the most in school history by one coach.

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