Gary Patterson talks Texas

Gary Patterson talked about his young defense, and an upcoming matchup with Texas.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson is not taking Texas lightly.

Patterson said the Frogs will face a very athletic Texas football team this Saturday that has the most athletic defense TCU will have seen so far this year. He said the Longhorns have plenty of skill players offensively.

Coming off a physical game at Texas Tech, Patterson said the team did not practice Sunday. Instead they watched film on Texas.

“I thought we were tired when we played SMU, and I thought we were a tired football team on Saturday,” he said.

Patterson said they won’t “expend that kind of energy” during practice this week.

Patterson knows that his No. 4 ranked team will get everybody’s best shot – even from opposing fan bases.

“We got Texas Tech's best shot,” he said. “It was the loudest I've heard the student section."

With plenty of new faces on defense, Patterson said defensive tackle Davion Pierson was frustrated during his first start Saturday. He expects the senior to help “grow up” the inexperienced unit.

Pierson and the young defense will prepare for an “Oklahoma influence” when Texas makes the trip up to Fort Worth, Patterson said. Jay Norvell, Texas’ new play caller, is a former coach at Oklahoma.

Offensively, the Frogs lost wide receiver Ty Slanina to a season ending injury at Texas Tech. Freshman Jarrison Stewart saw time in his place. Patterson was impressed with Stewart and fellow freshman Kavontae Turpin. Patterson said he won’t know the status of Kolby Listenbee until later in the week. Listenbee did not play at Texas Tech.

“We’ve got some guys on offense who aren’t going to play this week,” he said.

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