Practice Notebook: 3/11

The Horned Frogs held their eighth practice of the spring Saturday morning inside Amon G. Carter stadium that featured a scrimmage in the latter part. The practice was cut just a few minutes short by the rain, but that didn't stop the Frogs' offense from having another big day according to head coach Gary Patterson.

"Offense dominated, we turned the ball over too much on offense and defensively we got the fumbles but we still have a long way to go on gameday," Patterson said. "We're not very good. "Right now we're not where we need to be. Our whole goal is to someday win the Big 12. As a whole football team we're not there yet."

Patterson said the offense had their way all day long, either running or throwing the football all over the Frogs defense noting the only thing they did bad was turn over the football.

Needless to say, Patterson says the defense hasn't lived up to expectations and can't perform that way against Big 12 opponents.

"Some of these guys came because we were good on defense, they better start living up because right now we're not very good," Patterson said. "We'll give up about 50 points a game in the Big 12 if we play like I saw us play today. We gave up about 50 points today."

Injuries have become a common trend this spring and once again the injury bug hit again on the offensive line; this time to starting left tackle Tayo Fabuluje. The Frogs are already working with a makeshift offensive line filled with former walk-ons backing up the starters. However, they still helped the Frogs second unit move the football which isn't a good thing for Patterson's defense.

He also put the incoming freshmen on alert to be ready to play come the fall.

"Tayo kind of got banged up today so I didn't see much of him. He got hurt in the first two plays of the scrimmage," Patterson said. "That's the problem, right now our starting second line is all walk-ons. The two's probably gave up thirty points. If you can't defend walk-ons you're probably going to have a hard time. We don't differentiate, but the bottom line to it is we're just not very good on defense. It's as simple as that. Our freshmen that are coming in here should come in here ready to understand they'll be getting playing time."

SKAKEUPS ON THE DEPTH CHART

Patterson says virtually every position on his defense is still up for grabs. A few roster shakeups occurred on Saturday with a handful of players moving up on the depth chart.

"There's not anybody that has a job right now; Hackett moved in front of Elisha (Olabode) at free, Hooker moved in front of Jonathan Anderson at weak, Sam is still probably the starting strong safety, Danny Heiss probably moved in front of Gildon at linebacker," Patterson said. "You have three walk-ons that moved in front of scholarship guys."

Geoff Hooker has seen extra reps with Quincy Aldridge sidelined and more importantly, impressive play. Patterson says the 5-foot-10, 180-pound sophomore from Sherman, Texas had one of the better off-seasons and his improved athleticism has transitioned onto the football field.

"He had the best spring, he timed at 4.5, squatted 550 or 600. He had a good off-season and having a good spring," Patterson said of Hooker. "Usually they go hand in hand." Despite the uncertainties at safety and the ongoing battle at boundary corner between Kevin White and Travoskey Garrett, Patterson is quick to point out that junior Jason Verrett is one guy who has performed up to expectations. "In fact, he's playing better than a year ago. He's probably the one guy on defense that's playing the way we need him to," he said.

BATTLE FOR #2 QUARTERBACK

Sophomore Matt Brown and redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin continue to battle for the backup quarterback position behind Casey Pachall. On Saturday, both quarterbacks were without their "no contact" red jerseys in an effort to help them read the defense better. While both made plays with their feet, they both make plenty of mistakes according to the coach.

"We took the redshirt off of Trevone and off of Matt Brown, they could run and they were live. We felt like they were holding on to the ball too long in the pocket and also they weren't reading the read-option like they needed to. They found out a couple of times that they made mistakes today. Obviously they're both very athletic."

BROUGHTON IMPRESSES AT PRO DAY

Last year it was Colin Jones and Malcolm Williams who impressed NFL scouts at TCU's Pro Day. On Friday, more Frogs turned in eye-opening performances, most notably Braylon Broughton. The former defensive end measured in at 6-foot-4, 257-pounds and ran in the 4.5's and had a vertical jump of 36-inches.

Patterson feels Broughton could've worked his way into a late round pick with the performance.

"He did good enough where I think people will look at him. He has all the dimensions; somebody will give him a chance maybe in the late rounds or as a free agent. When he came here he ran a 4.51 and last year he ran a 4.59. He's a great athlete."

Patterson also pointed out that Greg McCoy and Logan Brock were others who helped themselves with their performances. McCoy timed in the 4.3's and also did well in the cornerback drills. Brock ran in the 4.6 range and had a good day catching the football.

NOTABLE:
Freshman strong safety James Bailey did not practice Saturday with turf toe

Quincy Aldridge did not practice and could miss the rest of spring

Bobby Thompson did not practice Saturday

Andy Dalton and Jake Kirkpatrick were among former Frogs at Saturday's practice.

Van Alstyne brothers Alex and Connor Mayes were in attendance. As was teammate C.J. White.

Dallas Skyline receiver Ra'Shaad Samples was also in attendance and "liked how the Frogs threw the ball around and how the receivers made plays."

Birdville offensive lineman Joas Aguilar was also in attendance.


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