Frogs Open Spring Camp

The Horned Frogs opened up spring practice on Friday afternoon and head coach Gary Patterson met with the media to give the details from the two-hour workout.

The TCU Horned Frogs held their first practice of spring camp on Friday afternoon inside the Sam Baugh Indoor facility. The Frogs suited up in shorts and helmets for the two-hour workout.

Head coach Gary Patterson told the media Friday that his team may have had its best first Spring practice since the Rose Bowl team.

"Great competition. You know this is finally a year where we're a little bit older," Patterson said. "The last two years, we've been young, so guys know what they're doing. It was a fun practice." Absent from today's practice was cornerback Jason Verrett who will be worked back into the fold slowly over the next week. Verrett had his knee scoped in the off-season.

However, the Frogs did have one noticeable player back in uniform. That guy--Casey Pachall.

"This is as good of depth at quarterback as we have had in five to six years. I don't know who the number one guy is at quarterback right now."

"The way [Casey] left, he had a great image with [the players], and I don't think there relationship is any different now," Patterson said. "There is competition, so we'll see how it goes. When he left last year, he was rated the number one quarterback in the nation, and we were 4-0."

"Our wideouts can really run. I'm not sure this is not the fastest we've been since I've been here in 16 years at wide out," Patterson said.


Patterson spoke highly of Story on Friday
Patterson listed Florida transfer JaJuan Story as a player he was happy to have on the field. He said Story can squat 640 pounds, and he runs a 4.37 in the forty yard dash while standing at six feet, four inches tall.

"Matt Brown is moving to wide out. He can really run, and Deante' Gray is moving to wide out. Defensively we're going to really have our hands full all Spring," Patterson said.

"If we had five or six freshmen we were [teaching] the last couple of years. Now we have two. Seems like we're in paradise," Patterson joked with reporters in TCU's indoor facility.

On defense, Patterson says the linebacker position is a spot where the Frogs have a lot of potential.

Jonathan Anderson is one of the players that Patterson is excited about at the linebacker position.

"He had to keep his weight down. He ran a 4.49 at 227 pounds, but he kind of tweaked his ankle today, so we lost a little bit of reps, but outside of that...we had three safeties coming in and we thought there was a shortage at linebacker. I think it's going to be a great move."

Cornerbacks David Jenkins and Travoskey Garrett are now eligible and healthy, and Patterson expects to have great depth a cornerback this fall.

"You know David Jenkins last year on the Scout team probably had 30 interceptions against our offense," said Patterson. "We have two to three corners coming in, and it's going to be one of our strengths."

"One of the things with Kevin [White] that we're going to try to do when we get to the second half of Spring ball, we're going to teach him our free safety position."

"This has probably been the best since the Rose Bowl in terms of how I feel," Patterson noted." The Frogs return to the practice field tomorrow morning in a practice that is open to the media.

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