Frogs Practice Recap: 8/16

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Friday.

TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Friday morning after his team's walk through.

The Frogs will practice again on Friday afternoon and have their last scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning. Patterson said there are plenty of areas left to evaluate; admitting he sees a difference in his players when they practice inside Amon G. Carter stadium.

"It's our last one, we'll clean up some things special teams wise and move the ball," he said. "It's just another opportunity to see them in the stadium. The guys act different sometimes when they're down there compared to when they play in here. There's no coaches standing on the field, you're on your own and you've got to solve your own problems. That's why scrimmages are good."

On Tuesday's scrimmage Patterson said the defense played better. That doesn't leave him concerned for the offense though, especially after scoring two red zone touchdowns.

"We held the offense to 90 yards on 36 plays in the scrimmage the other day with two or three interceptions," Patterson said of his defense. "We played better but we gave up a couple of touchdowns in the red zone. We stopped them once and gave up two touchdowns after that."


Noteboom is in the mix at tackle
The biggest question on everyone's mind may be determined this weekend; who will take over the starting reins at quarterback? Patterson said just days ago that both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin have showed flashes and apparently have played well enough that the topic hasn't even been brought up.

"I'll be honest with you, I haven't even had the discussion with the offensive staff," Patterson answered in regards to his quarterbacks. "Our whole thing right now is how we make this team better and how we do things. We'll have that conversation it's just not going to happen until we're in a staff meeting on Sunday."

Linebacker continues to be a concern on defense. Patterson told the media on Wednesday that his linebackers would be by committee; noting that none had earned a starting position. He also mentioned that the younger linebackers had hit a wall.

Patterson spoke a little different tune on Friday, saying that the younger linebackers have progressed and as of right now he would use a three-man rotation at the position.

"Right now we have three guys that are older we'll play; Jonathan (Anderson), Dawson and Mallet. Sammy has been coming on and Paul Whitmill and they're going to have to keep going because it's a long season," Patterson said of his linebackers. "Right now if I had to play a game tomorrow those would be the three and they'd rotate with the fourth and Sammy is light years ahead for where he was two years ago. He's one play away from being the third guy."

The offensive line has been another hot topic of late. There's no question that the unit had their fair share of struggles in 2012 and with the loss of Tayo Fabuluje and Michael Thompson, depth became an immediate concern. However, Patterson lauded his offensive linemen on Friday, saying they were the most improved unit of any on his football team.

"The offensive line is the most improved group on this football team," he said. "Now what does that mean against LSU and Anthony Johnson, we've watched him on tape and we didn't play against a defensive tackle like him last year. He's a really good player. Our young tackles are better than what they were at the end of spring. What does that mean; I won't know until a ball game. We're going to find out."

With Fabuluje's departure it left the tackle position with three players who have experience. Patterson said Aviante Collins and Halapoulivatti Vaitai will anchor the tackle spots.

"Right now it's Big V," he said. "Big V and Aviante are the two and Dunbar can be the third. Noteboom is coming on and Dunbar will also play guard."


KINDRED PULLING DOUBLE DUTY


Kindred is working at WS and SS
When asked how his safeties were performing through fall camp, Patterson gave his usual line of needing to see them in a game first. While the starters have all made their presence known through camp, it's the battles for the second and third team spots that are worth watching.

Patterson recently moved cornerback Steve Wesley to free safety; which is a move he says will be permanent. He's also been impressed with the work at strong safety with true freshman Denzel Johnson receiving a bulk of the second-team reps this week. In case Johnson isn't ready, sophomore Derrick Kindred should be ready to go at either weak or strong safety.

"Kindred has worked mostly this week at weak safety to give us more depth of being able to play both," he said. "We're making sure we got Denzel as much work at strong safety as we could."

While the backup spot at strong and weak seem to have been decided, where does that leave free safety? That would be former walk-on Geoff Hooker, who Patterson says has had a good camp.


WATCHING LSU

Patterson is no stranger when it comes to film work and late evenings during the football season. It's been said if you give Patterson a month to prepare for a team that TCU has a very good chance at winning regardless of the opponent. He was up late again on Thursday, deciphering more film and making game notes on LSU. Has he learned anything new about the Tigers?

"It's the same thing I've been watching since Coach Miles has been there; they're fast, big and physical, well-coached, they know how to play at a high level and how to play in this arena we're getting ready to go in to," he said of LSU.


THE NEW INDOOR A/C A HIT

The Sam Baugh Indoor Facility is a beautiful facility. From the outside to interior, it's one of the best indoor facilities in the country. But prior to this year it was always missing something; a nice cold A/C. For those who have been to practices or various events, being inside the indoor during summer months were been downright brutal.

That's all gone now with the installation of a brand new air conditioning system. Patterson said it's helped his refresh his team more through two-a-day workouts than his previous sixteen years at TCU.

"This thing has made an unbelievable difference," Patterson said of the new A/C. "We've got in the heat but we probably have our legs better after two and a half weeks of two-a-days and all of the things we've done better than we've ever had since I've been here. It's probably as fresh as we've been at this point in time and still got the heat work that we got since I've been here in 16 years. This group knows how to practice hard which is another thing."


BREIFLY

Terrell Lathan is back practicing after missing several days due to injury

Cam Luper back after three days of missing practice

Patterson reiterated on Friday that receiver Brandon Carter will be back at practice on Tuesday.


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