Frogs Ready To Bounce Back

No. 12 TCU is hoping to pick up their second Big 12 win this Saturday as No. 15 Oklahoma State comes to Ft. Worth.

TCU is looking to bounce back after last week’s disappointing 61-58 loss to No. 4 Baylor. Despite the loss, the Frogs have earned respect nationwide the last few weeks when they upset then No. 3 Oklahoma and lost to the Bears on the road with a last-second field goal.

The Frogs fell just three spots in the AP Poll, from No. 9 to No. 12 and remained at No. 12 in the Coaches Poll. They’ll be tested again this week as they host No. 15 Oklahoma State this Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

It’s the first time Oklahoma State has traveled to Ft. Worth since TCU joined the Big 12 two years ago.

With yet another tough contest on the slate, the question remains if the Frogs can overcome such an emotional loss and be ready to prove doubters wrong.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson says his team had a better practice on Sunday than after the Oklahoma and he expects his team to be ready come Saturday.

“Sunday was a lot better than it was after Oklahoma,” Patterson said. “But I thought we built during the Baylor week; whereas we started better (this week) and we’ve gone a little down here (lately).”

Being prepared for Oklahoma State is one thing; having your stud quarterback ready is another. News hit on Tuesday that starting quarterback Trevone Boykin would miss 4-6 weeks due to wrist surgery. Luckily, that story proved to be inaccurate and Boykin hasn’t skipped a beat this week.

Patterson did acknowledge on Wednesday that Boykin did hurt his wrist early against Baylor and will likely where a protective soft cast this Saturday. Regardless, Patterson says his tough quarterback will be ready to play against the Cowboys.

“He’s practiced ever since Sunday; he’s been awesome,” Patterson said of Boykin. “Tank Carder had the same thing and he actually had his the Wednesday or Thursday before a game. I don’t think he had a soft cast on today; but he will for the ball game. He’s a tough kid.”

With the big question of whether or not Boykin would play no longer a concern, the focus now shifts to how the Frogs will rebound from last week’s poor performance on defense; particularly the secondary.

Patterson didn’t single out any particular player from the group about last week’s performance. The coach said all of them will need to be prepared for a Cowboy receiving corp that Patterson says compares to both Oklahoma and Baylor; only they’re bigger.

“I talked with all of them,” Patterson said. “I told all of them they’ve got to get ready to play; you hold them to just about under 50% but the problem was it was 18 yards per catch. When you play Baylor, you have to play verticals. They live and die by them.”

Patterson noted that freshman Nick Orr, who played safety against Baylor, has been moved back to cornerback.

PATTERSON IMPRESSED WITH GARMON

Guiding Oklahoma State this Saturday is an unfamiliar opponent to the Frogs; Daxx Garmon. The former walk-on has not taken any snaps in the two previous games against the Frogs but in five games he’s thrown for 1,361 yards with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Patterson is impressed with Garmon’s play so far this season.

“They’re 5-1 so I would say he’s doing pretty good,” Patterson said of Garmon. “They’ll run with him some; I think he was like Andy was, he’s efficient. He’s not as good a runner as Walsh but I think he probably throws the ball better than Walsh; he’s got a really good arm. He’s got good people around him; he throws the deep ball well and they’ve got guys that play the deep ball well.”

BOYKIN AND DAWSON ADDED TO AWARD WATCH LIST

On Wednesday, Trevone Boykin was added to the Maxwell Award list, which is presented to the nation’s top offensive player. Boykin ranks second in the Big 12 and seventh nationally in total offense at 353.6 yards per game.

Paul Dawson was added to the Chuck Bednarik list, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player. Dawson leads the Big 12 with 11 tackles per game and ranks 12th nationally. He’s also recorded three sacks, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and forced two fumbles.

Patterson is happy to see his players’ hard work pay off with the recognition.

“It’s awesome, they both statistically have earned the right to be on those lists,” Patterson said of his two players. “Paul has a chance to become the all-time single season tackler if he stays healthy and Trevone is around seventh in the country in total offense. They’re on it the best way; they earned the right to be on it. They were put on it, not starting the season on it when you don’t know what kind of season you’ll have.”

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