After Wednesday’s practice, TCU head coach Gary Patterson, joined by his wife and his golden retriever Daisy, spoke about some of his player’s injuries status, who will play, who will not, who will fill in at defensive end and who will start in the secondary.
DE Terrell Lathan will not play this Saturday. Patterson said he could not comment on his injury and did not say how long he expects Lathan to be out.
Patterson also said wide receivers Kolby Listenbee and JaJuan Story have been limited in practice and haven’t done much this week. Although, he did say that Listenbee is expected to play at yesterday’s press conference.
He also said some other guys haven’t been practicing, including a couple freshman offensive linemen. He said one tore his ACL in spring practice, and another one tore the same muscle in his toe that James MacFarland did when he was jumping over a tire in practice.
Patterson said that Davion Pierson, who could be running sprints from sideline to sideline, should be back on Saturday. He said that Pierson will not likely start but he will see a few snaps early in Saturday’s game.
Patterson said that five players will use their medical redshirts this year, as we expected, including: DE James MacFarland (toe), S Kenny Iloka (knee), Ranthony Texada (knee), Deanté Gray (knee) and Sammy Douglas (knee).
He said that none of them really had a choice but to take it since none of them could come back this season anyway.
According to Patterson, Torrance Mosley will start at corner this week. He said that Mosley has had a really good week of practice so far.
“I’ll tell you had a good week of practice was Torrance Mosley, which was great having an opportunity for him to start because he’s been the most athletic of the group all the way,” Patterson said. “One of the things he had to have, he had an injury that held him out for half of spring, then we didn’t know what it was. Finally, basically, kept him out of June and July then we got surgery in June. Basically, he couldn’t practice much in August, so he just coming back, getting in shape, getting stringer and doing the things he needs to do.”
Nick Orr is expected to start alongside Mosley. He also noted that Connor O’Meally and Julius Lewis are behind both of them, but they could play if needed. He jokingly said that he, himself, is the fifth corner on depth chart. Patterson also noted thatRedshirt freshman Ridwan Issahku, will also rotate in at safety with Michael Downing, Patterson said.
With Mike Tuaua, James MacFarland and Terrell Lathan out, some underclassmen and walk-ons will have to step up for in their game against Texas Tech on Saturday. Expect to see Josh Carraway starting with some new young guys stepping in on the opposite side. Patterson said he’s been impressed with the way sophomore Bryson Henderson, who was a part of the 2014 recruiting class from Summit High School, has played so far. You can also look for true freshman Tipa Galeai, who made some nice plays against SFA, to play some snaps against Texas Tech. Patterson also talked about junior Mike “Magic Mike” Mosharrafa getting to see some action at defensive end as well.
On Traveling to Lubbock:
When asked about playing at Texas Tech, a place where TCU hasn’t won since 1991, Patterson didn’t take the bait. He only complemented their stadium, atmosphere and their fans. He may be one of the first to ever do that. However, he did say he’s glad he doesn’t have to play there at night.
He said comparing the two team’s offenses in fair, but there are a few differences that he did not elaborate on. But he did say that having to prepare for Trevone Boykin, is similar to having to prepare for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.