Counting Down The Days

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Wednesday afternoon as the Frogs continue preparation for Saturday's game against LSU.

TCU coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Wednesday afternoon as his team continues preparation for their highly anticipated game against No. 12 LSU this Saturday. The Frogs donned shorts and helmets on Wednesday, in what Patterson referred to as a Sunday practice.

Patterson seemed very upbeat following his team's workout, which was held inside the Sam Baugh Indoor Facility. The Frogs practice outside on Tuesday and used Wednesday's practice indoors as an opportunity to simulate crowd noise they expect to hear inside AT&T Stadium.

"We were outside all day yesterday and it was hot," he said. "Our plan was to come in here because we get crowd noise. We're blasting (sound) to where you can't hear anything. Our whole team practices to where you have to use hand signals and talk."

Simulating crowd noise is a part of practice Patterson and his staff has done for several years. The coach said his team adjusted to the noise, but were far from perfect and noted they seemed tense. His message to the team was simple; they need to relax.

"We weren't as crisp as we need to be. If anything, we're just too tight and need to relax. Both sides need to relax. I told them you've got to prepare for the moment. They've been in these kinds of moments; they just need to calm down," he said. "I think they'll be better tomorrow. They know the difference between LSU and Grambling."

On Monday TCU released their updated depth chart which featured six true freshmen on the two-deep; Ranthony Texada, Ty Slanina, Cameron Echols-Luper, Joseph Noteboom, Patrick Morris and Sammy Douglas. Patterson predicts that all six have a chance to see action this Saturday.

"I think all six probably have a chance at playing this game, maybe not Noteboom," he said. "But, all of them I think will play. Sammy, unless we have to because we'll have a three man rotation but he will be the fourth."

The Frogs officially start what Patterson refers to as "business weekend" on Friday. The Frogs will have a handful of walk-throughs on Friday and Saturday with Patterson and staff leaving no detail in doubt. For fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the team arriving to AT&T Stadium, look for charter buses to arrive around 6-6:30.

"We call it a business weekend; we'll come here at 4 o'clock and be on the field and have a run through. We're going to the stadium and on Friday night we eat together and have Chapel, video tests, special teams, offense and defense. We get done at 9 and probably watch a little SMU and Texas Tech," he said. "We'll have another walk through in the morning, eat breakfast and have another walk through before lunch, then another walk through before the pre-game meal. With young football teams we use every minute to make sure we're telling them one more time what the play is going to be."


NOT EXACTLY Wisconsin

TCU has played in big games before where they were the underdog. Not many gave the Frogs a chance against a bigger Wisconsin team in the Rose Bowl, which TCU won. Many point out the similarities between Wisconsin and LSU; both are big, run the football behind a big offensive line and have good runningbacks.

However, Patterson said that's the only thing similar between the Badgers and Tigers, but overall the two are different in many ways; mostly at the skill positions.

"They're different," Patterson said of LSU. "They're always good at tailback and their wideouts have improved. Their wideouts are really good players, all four of them. Everyone talks about #3 and #80, but #86 and #82 are good players; #86 makes some strong catches and #82 can run vertically by you. Across the board they're very talented at what they do."


RUNNINGBACK BY COMMITTEE (A GOOD THING)

Patterson said on Wednesday that there isn't a set number of carries expected to be distributed out to Waymon James, B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green. He did note that when one gets tired, the next one is ready to jump in.

"I think they know if they stick their hand up the next guy runs in," Patterson said of his runningbacks. "Most of them are very comparable in their pass protections and comparable with their catching skills; especially the top three."


Matt Anderson EXCEEDS PATTERSON'S EXPECTATIONS

Earlier in fall camp, Patterson labeled junior defensive end Matt Anderson's return a success story. Anderson has missed each of the previous two seasons with season-ending injuries. In fact, the last time Anderson played in a game was at New Mexico as a true freshman in 2010.

Anderson has overcome three surgeries; one in high school his senior year and two while at TCU. The Frogs could've given up on Anderson long ago, but through his perseverance he remains on scholarship and will start this week against LSU as All-American Devonte Fields watches from the sidelines.

"We always tell them if they fully recover we're going to honor the scholarship," Patterson said of Anderson. "I'll be honest with you, he's outlived our expectations with how he's playing this year," he said. "He's outlasted our expectations."


FROGS LOSE David Johnson

The Frogs took another hit to their roster as Patterson announced on Wednesday that junior defensive tackle David Johnson was done with football due to reoccurring injuries. Johnson saw significant playing time as a redshirt freshman making 28 tackles with 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. He was named a second-team freshman All-American in 2011. Patterson said Johnson will serve as a mentor to younger players and help out on the sidelines during games. Johnson has already drawn some designs on the play cards the Frogs will use on Saturday.

"It's one of those situations where you have to think about the next forty years," Patterson said of Johnson. "He's been helping us coach and doing different things."


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