Patterson Wednesday Recap: 10/22
TCU is looking to win their sixth game of the season on Saturday as the Frogs host rival Texas Tech. A win means another year of bowl eligibility under Gary Patterson but the Red Raiders would love nothing more than to spoil the success the Frogs have had thus far. Not many expected TCU to be in the current position they’re in. Predicted to finish 7th in the Big 12 in preseason polls, the Frogs are currently the highest ranked team in the Big 12 at No. 10 and have defeated two top 15 teams this season in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Frogs hadn’t seen much success their first two years in the league, but those teams were young. Frogs’ coach Gary Patterson admitted the growing pains his teams went through the first two years has helped them achieve what they have this season. “I think so; I think the last two years with all of the different things we’ve gone through,” Patterson said. “If you learn from it you grow and mature. Up to this point we’ve learned from all of it.” Patterson said Sunday’s practice went well but there was a slight drop-off on Tuesday. Wednesday’s practice was especially good on defense according to the coach. “They were honed in today,” he said. Two of the losses since joining the Big 12 have come against Texas Tech. Last season the Red Raiders defeated the Frogs 20-10 in Lubbock. Tech would go on to finish the season with a 8-5 record. A year later, it’s the Frogs at 5-1 who is trending upward while Tech has had an up and down season at 3-4 and 1-3 in conference. Prior to last week’s win over Kansas the Red Raiders had lost four consecutive games. Mike Smith took over Texas Tech’s defense coordinator following Matt Wallerstedt’s resignation following the Arkansas game. Last week against Kansas was the Red Raiders best defensive effort this season. Patterson said he hasn’t focused on the defense, but knows there’s been a change in schemes. “I really haven’t watched much of it; I watch special teams and offense,” he said. “It sounds like they’ve gone to more of a four-man rush instead of a 50.” On offense, Patterson sees plenty of playmakers for the Red Raiders from Davis Webb, Jakeem Grant, Kenny Williams among others. Although the offense has been inconsistent for the Red Raiders, Patterson knows he’ll be seeing their best effort when they return close to home. “All of these guys are coming back to the metroplex to come back home,” he said. “There’s more Tech fans here than there are in Lubbock. You’ve got to get ready to play.” Obviously having Sonny Cumbie on staff has given the coaching staff some insight on Tech’s offense, but Patterson was quick to point out that the Red Raiders have the same advantage on their coaching staff. “Just like Coach (Trey)Haverty is giving them insight to our defense,” he said. “And, they know our offense. It should be a fun game to watch.” DOUGLAS STEPPING UP Freshman linebacker Ty Summers had season-ending surgery last week and in his absence Sammy Douglas and Paul Whitmill have worked with the two’s at linebacker. Patterson lauded the play of Douglas; calling him a completely different play from a year ago. “Sammy Douglas has gotten better as a linebacker,” he said. “Not even the same person from a year ago; he’s just starting to catch on.”
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