Frogs return to practice

The Horned Frogs returned to the practice fields this weekend after a week off.

The Frogs returned to the practice fields for the first time since the Oklahoma game on Saturday and Sunday as they make preparations for their December 29th battle against Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

There's no change in the practice schemes according to Coach Gary Patterson as they've done the same for the past fifteen years. The coach did say Sunday's practice from his team was an improvement from Saturday.

"We were better today, yesterday was pulling teeth getting back into the swing of things," Patterson said. "They've got finals this week and they've got to get through all of that and Thursday and Friday we'll get started back up."


Moore is one of the most athletic players on the roster
It seems every year during bowl practices at least one notable position change takes place. This season is no different and it this times it's with one of the sixteen true freshmen who played this season; Jordan Moore. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder started his Frog career at safety before moving to linebacker midway through the season. Despite not seeing any action at the two positions in a game, he saw significant time on Frogs' special teams.

On Sunday, Patterson announced that Moore has moved positions for the third time this season when he made it known that the talented freshman is now on the offensive side of the ball.

"He moved to fullback/tailback," he said. "He ran over somebody in middle drill today. We needed another big back to make sure we have enough for the game. We have three weeks to get ready, we have twelve practices. If we do enough he can learn to do something in a game."

Patterson said the switch was a move to add depth to the runningback corp with Laderice Sanders as the only fullback and Matthew Tucker fighting nagging back spasms.

"Matthew Tucker has been tweaked with some back spasms and that's another reason we moved him (Moore) over because we've got to get him healthy," Patterson said. "That happened to him when he was a sophomore."

Moore will also run track for TCU starting in January when he scheduled to compete in an indoor meet. Moore is regarded as one of the top amateur hurdlers in the country.


That's the message Patterson told media on Sunday regarding the incident between Oklahoma offensive lineman Tyus Thompson and TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga with Thompson punching Maponga while on the ground after the play. Thompson was penalized on the play but not ejected. The Big 12 found no violation and while the decision obviously frustrates Patterson, he declined further comment.

"I've talked to the league office, they need to have an on-site advisor because there were five punches thrown," he said of the incident. "I saw them myself, I was standing right there. It's our job to protect student-athletes."


Verrett is racking up post season honors
Earlier this week cornerback Jason Verrett earned first-team Big 12 honors and was named second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

"I told him to keep his nose down and don't let the football gods get him," Patterson said of Verrett. "He doesn't need to think any more than what he's been doing. Just get ready to play; he's been doing that every week and its paid dividends."


TCU placed 16 players on the All-Big 12 teams, second only to Kansas State who had 18 players selected. For a team that many questioned whether or not they would be competitive in their first year in the Big 12, Patterson says it proves that he has a talented team.

"It's all relative, voting is always hard because you don't know why people vote like they vote. I think it shows that we do have some talent and there is some young talent," he said. "We have better offensive talent than what we show on the All-Big 12 teams but that just goes to show that there's a lot of other good players."


The football programs' graduation rate has been recognized for the fifth straight season by the American Football Coaches Association. All 20 of TCU's seniors this season already have their degree in hand or are scheduled to graduate next week or in May. The Horned Frogs have 10 seniors, including All-Big 12 selections Blaize Foltz and James Fry, playing as graduate students this fall."

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