Patterson Tuesday Recap

TCU head coach Gary Patterson met with the media on Tuesday as his team continues preparation for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The team departs for Atlanta on Thursday.

On practices…

“It’s been good, we’ve had a lot of good on good. It hasn’t been a lot of reps but what we’ve had it’s been good.”

On the injuries…

“The only guy that won’t play is Mike Tuaua. He tweaked a shoulder in the Iowa State game and B.J. probably won’t play. Those are the two guys. Mike wanted to play through with his shoulder but it was just better not to do that. He won’t be back in spring but he’ll have four months to get back to where he is right now next year.”

On Catalon…

“He’s been out so long that I don’t know if we could have him. Trying to get a guy back after six weeks with the speed of this game is probably not wise.”

On Ole Miss as a football team…

“They’re a good football team; they’ve beat two number one’s. We’re going to SEC country. Defensively, they’re number one in a lot of categories; you’re going to have to earn your stripes against them. Offensively, they’ve lost a couple of good players but they still scored a lot of points against Mississippi State. They’re exactly what you expect when you’re going to play a good football team. You can tell they’ve done a good job of coaching. We’ve got to get ready to go.”

On Ole Miss missing their top two receivers…

“They’ve got a guy that plays tight end, No. 17 (Evan Engram) that also plays wide out and has really had the biggest plays that I’ve watched on film in their last seven to eight ball games. He’s the guy that has made a lot of plays; you better pay close attention to what he does.”

On any quarterbacks Bo Wallace reminds him of…

“Probably Jake Waters. They run the ball and run a lot of triple option stuff with the quarterback and running back. They make you defend it. When you have to do that you have to treat them like Air Force. He’s done a good job; I think if he wins this ball game he’s the most winning quarterback in Ole Miss history; he passes Archie Manning I think. I think they’re on a four game winning streak in bowls; they play well and they know how to get ready for them.”

How will you react to being a highly ranked team next year if you win?

“I’ve already talked to them about it. I talked to them about teams that were high ranked that aren’t there anymore. The common mistakes those teams make is they don’t think they have to go back to the beginning. We’ll cross out everything on our pyramid and go back to the bottom. It’s kind of luck we were when we went to the Fiesta Bowl; those guys had a bad taste in their mouth and they decided from the time that we came back that we were going to change it.”

Is there a benefit of playing in Atlanta and exposing your program to that part of the country?

“We’ll be the first Big 12 team period (to play in Peach Bowl). We’re going to be judged for the whole Big 12 because we’ll be the first Big 12 team to play in the Peach Bowl. For us, this is an opportunity in that part of the United States to see what TCU is all about and what the Big 12 is all about. How we treat people off the field while we’re down there and how we play on the field I think are very important. You want to leave people with a lasting impression.”

Thoughts on Sam Carter, Chucky Hunter and Kevin White being invited to All-Star games…

“It’s a positive for all of us. Playing in the Senior Bowl, that means the pro scouts asked for you and for Kevin White that’s a big deal. Sam and Chucky getting the opportunity is a reward for the job they’ve done. They get a chance to play one more game; it’s one more audition for people to see.”

On getting seven Coach of the Year awards…

“That means you have good players and coaches; that’s what I figured out about everything. There’s a lot of good coaches; one of the things you’ve got to be able to do is you’ve got to get along with people; people don’t vote for people they don’t like.”

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