Patterson Looking for Leadership

The Horned Frogs practiced outdoors on Wednesday in what head coach Gary Patterson called a "not so good" practice.

Consistency, or the lack of consistency, has been the theme of TCU practices since they began on August 6th. This week started out good for the Frogs and head coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday's practice had a lot of positives after a two-day break.

That wasn't the case for Wednesday's workout.

Patterson voiced his displeasure of the practice and knows with a team that consists of 85% freshmen or a sophomore, growing up isn't an easy task. But, it needs to get done.

"It was not as good as yesterday, we've got to keep growing up," Patterson said. "Some of our young guys got to learn you've got to go to school and turn the page and come over and practice. We've got to keep working on that, we're a young football team, it's hard. If you can't handle it now it's harder to handle it in week seven; we've got to keep growing."

A lack of leadership, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, continues to trouble Patterson. He's looking for someone to step up to that role on a full time basis.

"We're very young so not very good," he said when asked about leadership. "Right now we need better leadership in our defense. Not good leadership means there's no leadership."

Former quarterback Matt Brown worked exclusively at wide receiver on Wednesday, ridding the red jersey he donned for the last two seasons. The sophomore fielded punts after practice and it's yet to be determined if Brown will work from the slot or outside at receiver.

"I think he's playing a little bit of both," Patterson said.

Patterson said junior runningback Waymon James didn't practice on Wednesday just as a precaution. He lauded the play of senior Matthew Tucker, who he says "has been great" this fall. While James and Tucker are the unquestionable top two backs, the answer for who the third back is becomes a little cloudy.

True freshman B.J. Catalon and senior Aundre Dean are vying for that third spot and according to the coach, neither has set themselves apart.

"They better get a lot better for us for them to be our third and fourth. We really don't have a three, we need a three," he said. "We've got two fours. We need them to be tougher, meaner and faster."

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Linebackers Joe Hasley and Danny Heiss returned to practice on Tuesday but were limited to what drills they did. Patterson says Hasley did more today, but they will play Heiss' return slowly.

"Hasley will keep going, Heiss we're going to back up on," he said.

With such a talented group of players from the 2012 class, the biggest question isn't how well they're doing; it's who will play and who will redshirt. Patterson said on Wednesday that redshirts aren't decided until usually the sixth or seventh game of the season. With that in mind, he says all of them have a chance to play at the moment.

"Not until the end of the year," he said. "We never decide until after game six or seven. Right now you can count on everybody having a chance of playing."


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