Patterson Big 12 Teleconference Transcript

No. 9 TCU travels to Waco this Saturday to battle No. 5 Baylor. TCU head coach Gary Patterson talked about the challenges in facing the Bears on Monday during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference.

On TCU-Baylor rivalry…

“We’re both private schools and I think I saw tweet that said we’re 51-51-7; that’s the record in this match up. We understand the significance of this ball game; we’re both undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the country. Whoever wins the ball game would have the driver seat along with the other undefeated going forward. We knew this October was going to be tough. It’s going to be a fun ball game; I’m looking forward to being in the new stadium, everyone has told me it’s really nice so I’m looking forward to playing in it for the first time.”

How do you assess the play of your defense so far and did OU expose some things?

“Not really; we knew they were going to take some shots. They moved Sheperd to an inside receiver which they had not done during the season at this point. They had a couple of things they got us on. We changed up the coverage and in the fourth quarter we made them punt twice and we had two interceptions and stopped them on a fourth down. We gave up 300 yards of passing and 150 came on three plays. You’ve got to get ready to play. In this league you’ve got to get prepared and be able to play; we’re still as far as allowing touchdowns the best defense in the red zone, but obviously that will be tested in the next three to four weeks. I thought our linebackers played better when we needed to, we’ve got to keep working on coverage with our young corners but up to this point we’re 4-0 so we’re still happy.”

You guys have done a good job of taking guys that played different positions in high school and finding roles for them on defense, is that something you prioritize on the recruiting trail?

“To be honest with you, I don’t like doing it. When we first started here to get the kind of speed and the players we wanted on the field it was done out of necessity. We still have some guys like Paul Dawson that was a wide receiver out of Skyline High School and Sam Carter was a quarterback. As a general rule you’re trying to find the best people you can possibly get on the field that you can recruit and be the best they can be. But, you would like to have the ready-made products so you don’t have to change them and do different things with them. All of that stuff comes in time.”

A lot of people are saying Texas showed the blueprint for slowing down Baylor; if it was that easy everybody would do it right?

“Well, if you want to know the truth about it I saw similarities in what we’ve done over the last couple of years so I’m not sure they were the blueprint. You’ve got to be able to tackle, play the run and you’ve got to stop them from throwing it over your head. They do a really good job. Petty really manages the offense well; they run the ball, they’re big and physical up front and they’ve got guys that can run by you on the outside. They’re a very versatile offense with a lot of talent that can go play. That’s why they’ve done so well the last few years.”

What challenges do you see in Baylor’s defense?

“They’re going to attack you and you’ve got to be able to take advantage of it. You still have to be able to run the football and be able to create things; when you get you’re opportunities you’ve got to make them; they don’t give you very many. They’re going to attack you all day long; they’re going to press and come after your wide receivers and make you make plays.”

What are some of the things about Trevone Boykin that he’s doing so well right now?

“He’s not turning the ball over; he fumbled and threw the one interception; he just needed to put it in a different place. A year ago he was trying to do it all by himself and this year he’s not trying to do it all by himself. He’s got some decent players around him and we need to keep getting better. Our offensive line has really done a nice job of protecting him and obviously Coach Meacham and Coach Cumbie have come up with some great game plans and I think he trusts them. He’s grown up and they’ve got him to thing ‘we’ and not ‘I’ which happens with young quarterbacks that get excited when they throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns. What it really comes down to winning and I think in Trevone’s case it’s really one of those where I think Coach Cumbie has done a great job of getting him just to play within the system to do the things we need to do to win ball games. Up to this point that’s what he’s been able to do. All of us have been very proud of him; he’s done a great job up to this point. We’re not perfect and none of us are going to be but it’s been a lot different. That’s why I changed to this offense, because I wanted to even the playing field.

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