Boykin, offense ready for hostile OU crowd

Trevone Boykin and Jon Koontz were the player guests at Gary Patterson's weekly press luncheon. The players and Patterson break down the keys to victory against Oklahoma.

Start like they did against SMU, and TCU will find itself down 21 points by the end of the first quarter against Oklahoma.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin knows that the offense must avoid the slow starts that has plagued it this season.

"Knowing what they're going to do, we have certain plays to beat their defense, and it's my job to get us into those plays for us to move forward," the sophomore quarterback said Tuesday. ""It has to be very important [to start fast] because the way we started last week, if we play around like that in the first half, we may not be around to even try to come back in the game in the second half. A fast start is very important."

Boykin explained that while he has never attended a game at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the coaching staff has let the offense know to expect noise, a lot of noise.

"People have told me it gets pretty loud. That is just something you have to prepare for. Texas Tech was pretty loud, but once the ball is snapped, everything is pretty much tuned out."

Patterson said that they will simulate crowd noise in practice this week, and he explained how TCU must jump on the Sooners before their defense gets comfortable.

"If you look at [Oklahoma's] stat line, they've outscored people 81-14 in the second and third quarters," Patterson explained. "47-0 in the second quarter. They up their play once they've figured out what you're doing."

Frogs finally catch a break

"I think that when we finally got a couple of good things to happen to us, it was like the monkey was off our back. Our sidelines breathed a sigh of relief," Patterson said. "We quit pressing. Through three ball games, it has kind of been going not the way we'd like it to, and to finally see something happen good on all three sides of the ball, our kids started to finally play a little bit."

"I saw a quote this morning where you never get a chance to live up to your dreams because you're worried about failing all the time," Patterson said. "We have to get away and look at the glass as half full and move forward."

Koontz excited about youth stepping up

Sophomores Terrell Lathan and James McFarland enabled TCU fans to forget about Devonte Fields absence on Saturday. Both youngsters tallied a sack in the second half; the Frogs tallied seven sacks in all.

Jon Koontz said the depth at the defensive end and tackle position is important as the defense continues to develop.

"Depth is a huge, huge benefit to us, and for [Lathan and McFarland] to get playing time and get out there and build their confidence, it will continue to make us better," Koontz said. "The push up the middle that the defensive tackles get is unbelievable, and as long as we can keep contain on the edge, we've been able to get pressure."


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