Practice Notes: 8/27

TCU head coach Gary Patterson wasn't satisfied with his team's practice on Wednesday. But defensive end Josh Carraway is a bright spot.

TCU has just three days before their season opener against Samford on Saturday. Head coach Gary Patterson has said multiple times that the Frogs don’t need to look past their FCS opponent; especially a team that returns key players.

Based on Wednesday’s practice his players, particularly on defense, aren’t getting his message.

“Offense was good, defense has a long way to go,” Patterson said. “They better not play like that or we’ll give up forty.”

Patterson didn’t specify where his defense struggled on Wednesday but he was adamant in saying they didn’t meet the standard he and his coaches have set.

“It’s just little things; if our standard here was to be the 40th or 50th best defense in the nation then it was a great practice,” Patterson said. “If it was to shut them out, it was a bad practice. I’m sure a couple of the freshmen thought they did okay and thought practice was pretty dang good; Coach P did not.”

Patterson continues to say the linebackers are still “hot and cold” from one day to the next. However, one position Patterson feels strongly about is at defensive end. Patterson said on Wednesday that he considers Josh Carraway, James McFarland, Terrell Lathan and Mike Tuaua first teamers.

“Carraway was the starting left end at the end of spring and McFarland had been the whole time with a hamstring so he didn’t have a chance to beat him out,” he said. “Lathan was a little bit overweight but now is in better shape but Mike has played harder. They’ll play equal amount of reps; I consider them all one’s.”


Patterson said Porter will be in the mix this season

Also noticeable on the depth chart was the omission of freshmen receivers Emanuel Porter and Corey McBride. Both have received plenty of praise from Patterson throughout fall camp. Patterson said on Wednesday that both will have a chance to play and the omission on the depth chart was a mistake he and his staff made.

“We just put two deep; him and McBride are going to be in the mix of everything,” he said. “They should both be on it to be honest with you. We’re going to play with 12 to 14 receivers in a ball game.”


When the team released their depth chart on Sunday, listed at first team right guard is Brady Foltz. The younger brother of former Frog Blaize Foltz, Brady should get his first career start this Saturday. Patterson says it’s too early to compare the brothers based on Brady’s limited game experience.

“Brady hasn’t played that much yet,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to (compare); you’ve got a three-year starter and a guy that started in the Rose Bowl to someone who’s starting for the first time. He’s got a chance; he’s obviously working with the one’s. I can tell you we’re better on the offensive line than we were a year ago.”

Patterson also noted once Aviante Collins returns from his strained foot that redshirt freshmen Matt Pryor will return to guard to add depth and to push Foltz.

“With Aviante out we had to move Matt Pryor outside to tackle as our backup,” he said. “Maybe by the Minnesota game Aviante will be back and Pryor can go back inside and give us a bigger body.”


Patterson is excited to see what Curry will bring to his DL

Former Nebraska defensive tackle Aaron Curry practiced with the Frogs for the first time on Wednesday. The junior from Keller Fossil Ridge will have to sit one season per NCAA transfer rules but will redshirt this season leaving him with two years of eligibility.

Curry recorded 24 tackles and 2 sacks for the Cornhuskers in 2013. Patterson, who recruited Curry, is excited to see what the newest Frog brings to the team.

“He’s smart and a guy that has played a lot of Big 10 football,” he said. “He’s physical and can run so we’re excited about it. He’s a good student. This was his first day and he went down to scouts.”

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