Frogs preparing for tough test with Minnesota

TCU will host Minnesota this Saturday as both teams look to remain undefeated.

TCU is fresh off a bye week and will host their second game of the season when 2-0 Minnesota comes to Amon G. Carter stadium.

The biggest question for now is whether or not the Frogs can match their performance against Samford or if they come out rusty after the week off. TCU head coach Gary Patterson said on Wednesday that his teams historically play well when they have multiple weeks to prepare for an opponent whether it’s the first game of the season, a bowl game or a bye week.

Patterson knows his team is anxious to get back on the field.

“It’s normal, when you play your first game you want to go play again,” Patterson said of the off week. “Just wait until next week.”

On Tuesday, Patterson spoke of how great his team has looked in practice during the week; even calling Sunday’s practice the best of spring and fall camp, more specifically on defense. The defense had drawn some criticism from Patterson in recent weeks. “Defensively; they were just right,” Patterson said of Sunday’s practice.

That defense improving doesn’t necessarily mean the offense isn’t executing. According to the coach, they’re still moving on all cylinders.

“They do what they do; their whole thing is about Saturday,” Patterson said of his offense. “They haven’t put anything new in in about four weeks.”

Patterson knows his defense will face a much better offense this week in Minnesota. The Gophers use a power running game, led by David Cobb who rushed for 220 yards last week against Middle Tennessee State. He compared the offense to Air Force earlier this week.

“They try to wear you down; they go slow and they’re going to be physical,” Patterson said of Minnesota. “They make you play dive quarterback to pitch. It’s just what they do.”

Earlier this week, news was released that Gopher starting quarterback Mitch Leidner would travel to Ft. Worth and attempt to play against the Frogs. Leidner injured his left knee last week against Middle Tennessee. Patterson is preparing for both Leidner and backup Chris Streveler and says there’s not much difference between the two.

“There’s not much (difference); one is 230 the other is 219. They’re both running quarterbacks and both throw it decent,” he said. “They run the offense; that’s what they ask them to do is run the offense. They do a good job of running the offense and they’re both good leaders.”

Although the Gophers’ defense has surrendered some big yardage through the air in two games, Patterson knows his team will see an aggressive unit on Saturday.

“I would say they’re like Kansas State, they’re physical,” he said of the defense.


Patterson told media on Tuesday and Wednesday that redshirt freshman guard Matt Pryor is back at guard after the return of Aviante Collins to tackle. Patterson said on Wednesday that the 6-foot-8, 350-pounder gives the Frogs a big boost at guard and said he will push starter Brady Foltz for the starting right guard.

“They’ll both play (on Saturday),” Patterson said.

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