Patterson To Critics: "Blame Me"

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media following the Frogs Wednesday practice.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Wednesday and described his team's last two practices as a mixture of up and down play. The Frogs travel to Stillwater on Saturday to battle the No. 21 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

"Yesterday was really good, today was not where we needed it to be but it wasn't bad," Patterson said. "Yesterday was an unbelievable practice and today we started slow defensively and picked it up later on."

On Tuesday during his lunch presser, Patterson commented that senior quarterback Casey Pachall's broken forearm was getting close to being completely healed. The coach said that two of the three breaks in Pachall's injury were healed and a visit to the doctor was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to determine the status of the last break.

By Wednesday morning, rumors surfaced that Pachall not only would suit up this week against the Cowboys, there was a possibility he could play.

Patterson quickly denied those rumors saying Pachall will not play or even suit up for that matter. He didn't elaborate on when his quarterback would return however.

"He won't play in this ball game," Patterson said.

With his senior quarterback out since the Southeastern Louisiana game, the pressure has once again been placed on Trevone Boykin. The offense has struggled under Boykin but the sophomore has also shown flashes in the second half of each of the last three ball games.

While fans and media debate about the Frogs ineffectiveness of the offense and pinpoint the blame on Boykin, Patterson says you will never hear that come from him or his football team. The coach sees the comments made by media and fans and says if they want to place blame on anyone, send it his way.

"If you have a football team you never do; people do, fans do, media do, but if you're a good football program you never do," he said of pointing blame in one direction. "You never pin it on one person, that's not what teams do. You don't say you won because of one guy and you don't say you lost because of one guy. That's what media and fans do. That's not what coaches and what team's do. You move forward, you don't throw people under the bus; that's my job. You can blame me. They need to understand everybody reads."

Many fans have asked why redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews hasn't seen the field with Boykin's up and down play this season. Patterson also said on Tuesday at his luncheon that at some point they will have to see what the former four-star out of Kansas can do; even hinting that he could start to see some series in the last six games of the season. It's the same practice the staff used with Andy Dalton and Pachall when they were both redshirt freshmen.

"At some point in time you've got to make sure if he has to come in we can go win with him," he said of Matthews.

Last season the Frogs were forced to play Boykin as a redshirt freshman due to Pachall's suspension. Patterson said on Tuesday that he doesn't like putting players in a position where if they're not ready as freshmen, they could lose confidence for the rest of their career. Could this happen with Matthews? Patterson knows he's just one play away from playing the freshman signal-caller in a game.

"We'd have no choice, if something happens you have to put him in and we'll see how it goes," Patterson said of Matthews. "Obviously you hope for the best, we want to win. Just remember, Andy (Dalton) was throwing three picks in a game as a freshman."

The Frogs won last week over Kansas 27-17 but by the end of the weekend the story from Saturday's game at TCU was the attendance; or lack thereof. Pictures surfaced on multiple sites of a sparse Amon G. Carter Stadium in the fourth quarter of the win and they quickly landed on various blogs nationwide.

While Patterson didn't say he was disappointed in the crowd, noting that aspect of a game is out of his control, he did say building a championship comes from different aspects of a program; including the fans.

"If they don't want to be in the stands and recruits show up and you want to say we're not any good, just understand that some point in time to build a championship everyone goes through down times," Patterson said. "If we want to move forward as a university and as a football program to where we want to get to then what we need to understand is we all have to be on the same page and we all have to do our part of it. It's like when I was at Kansas State as a player and Oklahoma and Nebraska came to town everybody sold their tickets and K-State's stadium was all red. When Coach Snyder got hired, he didn't allow reds in the stadium. Now he's won Big 12 championships and played in BCS games and gone about his business. It's everybody's responsibility to get where we need to get to or what we'll do is become what TCU was for 30 to 40 years."


Last week Patterson did something he had never done before in his career at TCU; put a walk-on player on scholarship in mid-season. That all changed when Patterson awarded junior safety Geoff Hooker a full scholarship.

"He's been on our two-deep. He's like a Tyler Luttrell and Bart Johnson. He's one of those guys that's on special teams and make plays and he knows what to do on defense," Patterson said of Hooker. "He's one of those guys that always make your team better. When a person gets to that point you have to reward them."

Slanina will play against OSU
Patterson said freshman receiver Ty Slanina practiced without a red jersey on Wednesday and will be able to go full speed at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Slanina has 12 receptions on the season.

Brandon Carter muffed a punt against Kansas last week but Patterson said on Wednesday that he and freshman Cameron Echols-Luper shared time returning punts in practice.

"We just got to do a better job of managing our punt team," Patterson said. "Our goal is to catch the ball, number one. Two, all we want is a first down for our offense. After that, everything is gravy."

Patterson said Deante' Gray and Ranthony Texada also return punts. He mentioned Texada is a traveling redshirt along with Cydney Calvin. Patterson lauded the recent play of Calvin.

"Cydney here lately has been coming on," Patterson said.

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