The Frogs again practiced inside the Sam Baugh Indoor Facility on Tuesday after spending Monday outdoors in the 80-degree weather.
The Frogs have practiced with pads the last two practices and Patterson said Tuesday's was the most intense yet.
"Today was a lot more physical," Patterson said of his practice. "The competition level here was very high today in the team emphasis."
Patterson says the secondary and quarterbacks have stood out in recent practices.
ANDERSON AT FULL SPEED
Junior Jonathan Anderson practiced full speed for the first time on Tuesday and the coach said his athleticism gives the Frogs an advantage at linebacker. "He gives us an advantage of a guy that runs a 4.4 and can cover vertical, runningbacks, tight ends, wideouts," he said. "He's the first guy we've had like that since Daryl Washington. But, he's got a long way to go to play the position truly the way we need him to."
JAMES DUNBAR IN THE MIX
While all eyes are on Casey Pachall this spring, the Frogs received another big edition to their offensive line with the return of senior tackle, James Dunbar. Patterson said Dunbar is still catching up to where he once was, but he's glad with the return.
"He's rusty, but he's a big body," he said. "The biggest thing with James being back is academically he's just got to do well. That's his first focus. He's a little rusty but you just don't get 23-year old, 6-foot-6, 320-pound bodies very often. For us, having a guy that understands the offense is definitely an advantage."
DAWSON MAKING AN IMPRESSION
Paul Dawson came to TCU last year with high expectations to add immediate depth to the Frogs' linebacker corp. Although he spent most of the 2012 season as a special teams force, Dawson has caught the attention of Patterson early this spring.
"He was kind of in my doghouse, but Paul actually yesterday and today has had some pretty good practices," Patterson said of the junior linebacker. "They've made some plays."
- Jason Verrett practiced for the first time at full speed on Tuesday.
- The Frogs will scrimmage Thursday. It will be their last practice until March 19th. They will be out for spring break next week.