TCU held their third practice of the fall on Wednesday and for the first time the Frogs donned shoulder pads to go along with their helmets.
Frogs head coach Gary Patterson met with the media following the two-hour practice, which was the hottest practice thus far.
Aside from a few cramps, Patterson reported no injuries and said he was pleased overall on how his team practiced.
“We made it through our first day of pads,” he said. “It was a good practice; we had guys that were cramping up a little bit but they played hard and did things. These first two weeks every day is like a month; you start in the morning with meetings and you get out around 9:30, 10 o’clock. You’ve got a lot of learning and teaching.”
“I thought our middle drill was the best it’s been in two years for the first one,” Patterson said.
As Patterson has said in many years past, the first five days of camp are always “teaching” days. Therefore, it’s tough for him to have the opportunity to judge any particular player on how they’re progressing.
That holds true at running back; although the reason he hasn’t been able to make a good read on one player is simply because B.J. Catalon, Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks, Trevorris Johnson and Shaun Nixon have all looked good.
“They’re all getting reps; it’s hard to tell (how one is doing) because they all just rotate in,” he said. “There are five of them and they all just rotate.”
Speaking of depth, running back isn’t the only position where reps are hard to come by for multiple players. Overall, Patterson says his team is deep at several positions.
“There’s a lot of depth everywhere; nobody is getting a lot of reps because we have so many guys and we’re rotating people through,” Patterson said.
CHANGE UP FRONT ON WEDNESDAY
Patterson stated at Sunday’s media day that there is a potential to have four new offensive line starters with the depth in the unit. On Wednesday, senior Tayo Fabuluje was unable to compete for the full practice which meant Joseph Noteboom drew first team reps. Like other positions, the line seems to be ever-changing according to the head coach.
“Today you had Joseph Noteboom, Frank Kee, Big V and I think Pryor,” he said. “That was our starting five. Noteboom worked left today because that’s where Tayo is.”
Buck Jones HAS MULTIPLE ROLES
Former walk-on tight end Buck Jones worked at tight end and defensive tackle during the spring but Patterson said on Wednesday that he’s no longer on the defensive side of the ball. However, Patterson says Jones will still play multiple roles.
“He’s just doing tight end and he’s on our punt team,” Patterson said of Jones. “He’s doing a lot of things for us; he’s a smart guy with a big body.”