Spring Practice Recap: 3/4

TCU held their third practice of the spring on Tuesday.

TCU held their third practice of the spring on beautiful Tuesday afternoon outdoors on the Morris Practice fields.

Head Coach Gary Patterson met with the media following the two-hour practice and just three days into camp, there's already been a significant move. Patterson said on Tuesday that Jordan Moore, who has played safety, linebacker and most recently running back, has now moved to receiver.

The move makes sense considering the Frogs have a loaded depth chart at running back and are thin at receiver; especially on the outside. Moore is a physical specimen at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds and is one of the fastest athletes in the Big 12. He recently won the Big 12 Championship in the 60-meter hurdles and owns the TCU school record in the event.

Patterson said the move was made simply because of the lack of depth at receiver.

"We're just short wide receivers," he said. "We had three guys that were seniors that aren't out here so the key to it is we've got to get guys on the field that are better athletes. As we learn the offense, you'll see all of our running backs learn the some of the inside ‘H' stuff."

Losing players such as Cam White and Ladarius Brown, who would both be seniors, has definitely made an impact on the receiver corp. Brandon Carter is also missing the spring to focus on his academics. As a result of the three players that are now absent, one player has seen his playing time increase significantly; JaJuan Story.

Story, like Moore is also a physical specimen at receiver measuring in at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. Story was pushed to the starting role with the loss of White and Brown and Patterson says he feels the new offense will benefit the junior receiver.

"He's got to start playing like he's a 4.39 and not a 4.7," he said. "He got better yesterday and looked better today. He had a good game against Baylor. I think this offense fits him better."

With the Frogs moving to a more "up-tempo" offense with more passing, Patterson says it has given his defense a very good look; especially since they'll play several teams that run a similar style of hurry up. One position in particular that he's keeping a close eye on is at cornerback.


Texada has looked good through three practices
The Frogs lost All-American and future NFL cornerback Jason Verrett from last season and the battle to replace him is on-going. Not to mention, the Frogs recently named Kenny Perry as cornerbacks coach and he has only had just a few days on the job.

At the moment, Patterson has liked what he's seen in Perry and his players.

"Both Ranthony (Texada) and Kevin White I'm happy with, we've got to keep getting better," Patterson said. "We've got four or five defensive backs coming in the fall."

Texada arrived to TCU as one of the most coveted corners not only in Texas, but the entire nation. Although he's not the biggest in stature, Texada does possess what Patterson demands from his corners; speed.

"He ran a 10.4 100 (meter) and that's what we like in our field corner; we like a guy you can't run by," Patterson said of Texada. "He'll have to get good at defending the big guys; it's pretty simple."


HICKS AND JOHNSON IMPRESSIVE

While TCU fans know plenty about B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green, Patterson had good things to say last year about freshmen Kyle Hicks and Trevorris Johnson. He echoed those thoughts on Tuesday but also admitted he hasn't seen much of the Frogs running backs can do until today.

"(They looked) good," he said of Hicks and Johnson. "We've been throwing the ball a lot more than you run it so today was the first middle drill so it was the first time we had a chance to see the running backs do anything."

As previously mentioned, Patterson says all the running backs on the roster will be involved in the passing game.


POTENTIAL DOESN' COUNT FOR MUCH

For as long as Patterson has been the coach at TCU, the Frogs have been described as underdogs, overachievers and lastly as players with chip on their shoulders. With a disappointing season that saw the Frogs miss only their second bowl game under Patterson behind them, the coach is done talking much about the positives and potential.

It's time to earn the talk.

"For us, it's why you haven't heard me say much and I'm not going to say that much positive," he said. "We need to go back and earn what people talk about; we don't need to talk about anything. If they pick us sixth, that's fine with me. To me, it's all about who we are; you're who you are by what you do on the field. Potential doesn't count for much."


SPRING "GAME"

TCU fans have asked, today they got their answer. TCU will hold a spring scrimmage on April 5th in an event that Patterson says is mostly for recruiting purposes only. Also, for TCU fans who stay home, don't expect to see footage of the scrimmage on television.

"We'll have a scrimmage on April 5th," he said. "We won't have any cameras because I watch everyone else's spring games on T.V. and I break them down. They're not doing it to me."


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