TCU defense dominates spring scrimmage

TCU opened the gates of Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday for a practice/game. Fans got to see the new offense go over a dozen possessions, but Gary Patterson's defense stole the show.

Gary Patterson was disappointed with how his offense executed on Saturday in front of 2000 people at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

On over a dozen possessions, the offense never found the end zone, but the defense did. Kenny Iloka picked up a Cameron Echols-Luper fumble and scored.

"I didn't feel really good about today as far as offensively," Patterson said. "We'd have liked to have a lot more success, but we've got to get some bodies back. We were pretty physical which is why we're depleted. At the end, we were down to no scholarship running backs. We didn't want to go as fast today because we knew people were watching us, and they didn't want to call a lot of things today."

Patterson did say that he was pleased with the day because it gave him the opportunity to see how players would react with people in the stands.

"The reason why I did it this year is for the simple reason that I wanted to see when guys would act like when they got in front of a crowd," Patterson explained. "If we catch passes, we probably have two touchdowns. That's the difference with this offense. They keep coming at you, but you've got to execute."

Patterson was not happy with the play of any of his quarterbacks. Trevone Boykin threw one interception, and Tyler Matthews threw two. Matthews also fumbled.

The offensive struggles should not be laid entirely on the shoulders of the quarterbacks. The wide receivers struggled as well. Kolby Listenbee dropped a touchdown, and several other miscommunications stalled drives. With the receivers struggling, the cornerbacks were able to show their skills.

Kevin White did not play, so Cydney Calvin and Ranthony Texada got extra opportunities to show their skills.

"We needed to get as many reps as we could have with Kevin White out," Patterson said of his cornerbacks. "We felt pretty good about our pass defense. Defensively, we have to tackle, and against these kind of offenses, which we play a lot of them, you can't get beat vertical."

Devonte Fields intercepted a Tyler Matthews pass today, and he made several other plays in the backfield. Patterson was pleased with his spring as a whole.

"I don't know if you'd say he is all the way back, but he's a lot farther than we were a year ago," Patterson said of Fields.

Patterson was happy with how the offense progressed this spring, and he hopes a swagger comes back to the group in the fall.

"One of the reasons I changed this offense is so we'd have the same swagger on offense that we did on defense," Patterson finished.

Saturday's spring game completes the spring schedule for the Frogs. As Patterson said, the players must not commit to working on their own until two-a-days rolls around this summer.

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