Still A Battle

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Monday and answered the question on everyone's mind.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Monday and he had to know one particular question was coming. Had the staff named a starter at quarterback for the opener against Samford in less than two weeks?

Trevone Boykin

Patterson didn’t hesitate when asked the question of whether or not a starter had emerged in the battle between Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel.

In true Patterson form, he wasn’t giving any advantage to his upcoming opponent.

“They’ll both play,” he said of his quarterbacks. “Samford can figure that out for us. I’m not going to tell them what’s going on. There are things both of them can do.”

Patterson defended his reasoning on not naming a starter. Although both Boykin and Joeckel will run the same offense, Patterson said both have different styles that give one another an advantage in certain areas.

“Why let them (Samford) prepare for a drop back guy or a guy that can run,” he said. “Both are going to play.”

While Boykin is known as a dual-threat and Joeckel more of a pocket-passer, Patterson said the Frogs had success with another quarterback who wasn’t known as a runner.

Andy Dalton wasn’t a great runner but he was efficient,” Patterson said.

Neither quarterback had as crisp a performance as they did in the Tuesday scrimmage, but Patterson said both did a good job of moving the offense; particularly in the red zone. Patterson said the first team offense scored multiple times against the starting defense.

Matt Joeckel

“The offense was really good in the red zone,” he said. “The number one offense had four touchdowns and two interceptions against the number one defense.”

In the last few practices, Patterson has mentioned several scoring drives from the offense. He’s not ready to say this season’s offense will be better than 2013, but when asked the last time he saw his offense perform at such a high level was when Dalton held the reins of the Frogs’ offense. Patterson noted the 2011 team had an impressive offense.

“That first year after Andy was pretty good; we broke the school scoring record in yards four years in a row,” he said. “Everyone wants to say we’re just a defensive school.”

Another positive from Saturday’s scrimmage was up front on the offensive line. While Patterson said there is room for improvement, he was happy with their overall performance.

“Pretty good,” he said of his offensive line’s work in the scrimmage. “We didn’t have a lot of sacks and we’re throwing the ball a lot.


Patterson said defensive tackle Davion Pierson has had “the camp of his life” this fall. Patterson went on to say that Pierson is playing the best out of his defensive linemen on the roster.


TCU held a short practice on Sunday that was specifically for special teams. The practice was a surprise to the players according to Patterson and was a result of poor play on Saturday.

“We had some guys that didn’t do what they needed to do on Saturday,” he said. “It wasn’t very long but they got the point.”


Patterson said offensive lineman Frank Kee, defensive lineman Tevin Lawson and defensive end James McFarland returned to practice on Monday.

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