Practice Notebook: 3/31

The Frogs held their final scrimmage of their 2012 spring camp Saturday morning inside Amon G. Carter stadium.

The Frogs held their final scrimmage of their 2012 spring camp Saturday morning inside Amon G. Carter stadium. The scrimmage consisted of over 100 plays and in a common theme throughout spring workouts, both the offense and defense had good and bad moments.

Head coach Gary Patterson met with the media following the two-hour workout to give his thoughts on his team's performance.

"Defense started well early, the offense had too many penalties. He had a couple of big plays but they got called back because of takeaway," Patterson said. "When we got down to the red zone the defense didn't play as well at the end of the scrimmage and the offense did better. The number two defense came in and actually stopped the number one offense. We got to tackle, (and more) attention to detail.

"Offensively we hurt ourselves with too many penalties today. That was the biggest problem was too many penalties."

Patterson noted that most of the offensive penalties were motion penalties rather than mistakes from his offensive line.

Patterson couldn't recall any individuals who stood out during the scrimmage, but he did say the Frogs signal caller, Casey Pachall, made some good plays.

"I thought Casey did well getting us in what we needed to. We checked in a blitz and got us into a bubble screen which was a good play and we came under a block and Matthew Tucker went the distance."

THE SEARCH FOR A BACKUP

Entering spring camp it was certain that the race for the backup spot for Pachall would be a tight battle between sophomore Matt Brown and redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin. Brown played well last year in spot duty and Boykin came in with high expectations from the Frog fans.

According to Patterson, neither has stepped up to take the lead and the position will again be one to watch come fall. Regardless, Patterson says someone will eventually have to step up and take control.

"We still have a long way to go with what we need to do with our number two quarterback," he said. "Right now we're not comfortable with the backup. I don't think I'd come out with a clear cut guy, especially going every other day. When we get into two-a-days we'll get forty chances to walk through and run through and practice. A guy after a certain point will have to become the guy."

LINEBACKERS STILL NEED WORK

One of the thinnest positions on the entire squad is at linebacker. With Laderice Sanders move to fullback earlier this week, the Frogs have just over a handful of guys at the position so depth is a big concern. Patterson says his linebackers struggled some today, but mentioned two guys who have become two of the biggest surprises this spring.

"Deryck didn't play very well today, Danny and Joel did okay," he said. "It's always tough because our second offensive line is not where it needs to be yet. It's all relative to who you play against."

OFFENSE NOT MUCH DIFFERENT

One of the biggest question marks prior to spring camp was how the offense would transition without Justin Fuente calling the plays. Patterson says he hasn't notice any change now with co-offensive coordinator Jarrett Anderson now in the role of calling plays.

"Coach Anderson is the lead guy. It's really the same stuff. We've got three senior tailbacks and things we're trying to get done. It's about the same, offense really hasn't changed much."

The Frogs will conclude spring camp on Thursday and Patterson says the last two workouts will focus on becoming more familiar with their first few opponents.

"The one defense will get some red zone work on Tuesday and we only have a shorts practice on Thursday so we'll turn our attention to Grambling, SMU, Virginia and Kansas. We have to work on our 50 defense and our three down linemen scheme more in that last day so the offensive line knows how to block and how we do things. Those are normal things we do at the end of the year to get ourselves prepared."

Notable:
2012 signees in attendance (just what we saw)
Devonte Fields
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
2013 prospect Kaleb Smith was in attendance


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