The Frogs again practiced outdoors, but Patterson said he almost let his team go inside for the last fifteen minutes of Friday’s practice. Patterson has been pleased with the way his team has performed in the heat and says he’ll begin practicing both indoors and outdoors.
“This group hasn’t gone inside and they’ve done a nice job,” he said. “We’ll start doing some next week.”
The Frogs will hit the field twice on Saturday; once in the morning and then again at 5pm for an hour-long practice and scrimmage shortly after.
The scrimmage will only consist of 18-scripted plays which will be similar to what the Frogs ran in the spring game. However, Patterson wants to see something different for this scrimmage from the offensive side of the ball.
“I hope we play better offense than we did in the spring game,” he said.
Porter has made big plays this week
The talk of the camp thus far has been the strong corp of running backs on the roster. Through five practices, at least one player from the group always seems to gain the attention of Patterson. With a stout group of runners, Patterson was asked if this could be the year the Frogs have 1,000 yard rusher.
Although Patterson wasn’t able to predict such a feat, he did acknowledge that his team is more physical which in turn should help the running game.
“I think we’re more physical than we were a year ago,” he said.
Through five days of practice the coaches have had the opportunity to evaluate the biggest position battle on the roster; quarterback. Patterson said on Friday that all of the quarterbacks have “had flashes” but says two are battling it out to be named starter.
“Obviously I think (Matt) Joeckel and Trevone (Boykin) have been the ones that have got the most (reps) with the 1’s and 2’s,” he said. “All four of the rest have gotten equal work with the rest of the groups in the pass skelly and team stuff. They’ve each had their flashes.”
While the quarterbacks have impressed, Patterson has also noticed the improved play from his receivers; particularly the big targets. The players are making plays in camp that simply weren’t made last season.
“Josh Doctson is a guy that has made catches the last two days over people and Emanuel Porter is a 6-4 freshman jumping over people,” he said. “We missed that a year ago when we needed a guy to make a play to make a play. That’s one of our goals as an offensive group especially as a receiver is when the ball is at me I go and get it. You’ve got to have guys that have that mantra about them.”
ANOTHER FRESHMEN SURGE?
The last two recruiting classes for the Frogs were talented enough that several of the signees have played as true freshman. Last season, six players from the 2013 class received significant playing time. Patterson said on Friday that several freshmen have impressed thus far and have a chance to play this season.
“Wide receiver obviously because of depth; we’ll see how that goes,” he said. “Maybe at corner, Nick Orr is a guy. Possibly Travin Howard is a guy, he’s working at strong safety. And also Ty Summers is running with the two linebackers. And to be honest, all four of the defensive linemen have had spurts. They have a chance in the next nine weeks to progress a lot in what we’re trying to get accomplished.”
SUMMERS ANOTHER TRUE GEM
Summers has impressed Patterson this week
When Ty Summers committed to the Frogs in January, not many fans knew who he was. Summers was a quarterback for San Antonio Reagan and one-time commitment to Rice. But at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds with 4.5 speed, Patterson and Co. saw a future linebacker. Through five days of camp, the staff appears to have made yet another good evaluation on a little-known player.
Patterson went on to say what’s impressed him about Summers.
“He’s never tired,” Patterson said of Summers. “He never stops; never gets down, he may get frustrated but he doesn’t show it.”
WHITE RETURNING PUNTS
Kevin White will not only be asked to cover opponents’ best receivers this fall, he may also be asked to handle punt return duties. Patterson said on Friday that his senior corner has gotten reps as a punt returner but the coach admits he has to be cautious putting back such an important player.
“Kevin White has been catching some punts but you’ve got to be careful putting your best guys back there because people can take shots at them,” Patterson said. “Trevone Boykin is probably our best punt returner but you’ve got to think about that one.”