Week 5 TCU Practice Notes

Notes from TCU head coach Gary Patterson on injuries, suspensions, young corners and the Horned Frog's upcoming game against Texas.

Tuaua and Petties-Wilson Reinstated:

As reported earlier, the big news of the day was that both DE Mike Tuaua and WR Andre Petties-Wilson are no longer suspended. Their judicial review was completed yesterday and they’ve been cleared by the university, Gary Patterson said. Mike Tuaua’s torn ankle ligament seems to be healed so he will not take a medical redshirt as some speculated, but Patterson would not say if he’s playing on Saturday.

However, this does not mean that either player has been cleared of any wrongdoing, legally. But as far as we know, the DA has not charged either player with any offense, so that may very well end up being the case. This situation is very odd in the sense that both players were arrested on felony charges and neither has been indicted. That fact that Tuaua and Petties-Wilson have yet to be formally charged along with the news that they cleared TCU’s judicial review leads me to believe that this situation will not escalate much farther. TCU is usually very strict on letting students back who are involved like situations like these. I don’t believe they would have reinstated either player if they think serious legal consequences are coming.

Injuries:

Patterson did not spend a whole lot of time speaking about injuries today. He just noted that WR Kolby Listenbee hasn’t practiced much this week. I think Listenbee is day-to-day at this point. He dressed out on Saturday for the Texas Tech game and participated in warm ups. I think the coaching staff and the trainers are being cautious with him so they don’t lost one of their best weapons before they enter the heart of the schedule.

Fellow WR Emanuel Porter hasn’t practiced much this week, either, Patterson said. It sounds like he won’t play this Saturday. He’ll most likely be out a few more weeks.

Defensive end Terrell Lathan will be out this week as well, according to Patterson. I think he’s about 50/50 right now. I’d give another week or two before he comes back.

Freshman Cornerbacks:

Patterson said true freshman CB Julius Lewis is still ahead of Deshawn Raymond on depth chart. The only other corners left on the depth chart are Torrance Mosley, Nick Orr and Connor O’Meally since Ranthony Texada is taking his medical redshirt this year. Patterson didn’t say why Raymond, the highest rated recruit from last year’s class, is last on depth chart.

On Texas:

Patterson didn’t have anything bad to say about the Longhorns. He said preparing for Jerrod Heard isn’t the same as preparing for Matt Davis or Pat Mahomes. He said the fact that this Heard’s first year starting doesn’t change how they prepare for him – he knows his team has to practice hard for him and won’t give the Longhorns any bulletin board material.

As far as practicing for Charlie Strong’s defense goes, Patterson wouldn’t say much. But he did say this:

“Which difference does it make if they’re coached by Strong? I’ve coached [against] two different coaches. They’ve had four or five different coordinators. They’re always athletic. They got as good as players as anybody in the league.”


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