This week's practice notes will focus on two things that are concerning the Frogs the most: injuries and rankings. TCU lost its best wide receiver, and possibly it’s starting quarterback. This was the explanation that College Football Playoff committee chair Jeff Long cited as to why TCU dropped from No.15 to No.18 in the latest rankings. Here’s a break down of Patterson had to say about his team’s injuries, and the effect they have on the rankings.
Against Kansas TCU lost it’s two stars on offense: Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson. During Patterson’s Big 12 teleconference and his media luncheon earlier in the week, he said both would be questionable. After Wednesday’s practice the coach said Doctson will be out for the rest of the regular season, but could maybe play in a bowl game.
Boykin, on the other hand, is still questionable and will be a game time decision this Saturday against Oklahoma. However, based on some information our sources have given us, he will likely be out for the rest of the season.
Patterson said red shirt freshman Foster Sawyer, who played during the second half of the Kansas game, will probably be the starter if Boykin can’t play, but he wouldn’t confirm if Sawyer or fellow backup Bram Kohlhausen will be the first option.
TCU also lost some of its starters on the offensive line. Offensive guard Jamelle Naff will also be out for the rest of the season. Patterson also said Joey Hunt is questionable for the Oklahoma game, he did not say anything about Hunt’s injury other than he may of “tweaked” something.
However, OG Brady Foltz and LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who missed the Kansas game, are probable for Oklahoma.
While TCU gets back some guys on its offensive line, the Frogs are still hurting at wide receiver. Patterson said that Ty Slanina, who hasn’t played since the Texas Tech game after suffering a broken collar bone, will take a medical red shirt.
On defense, Patterson said he expects defensive back Nick Orr, who came out of the Kansas game in the second half, will be back this week and expects that the secondary will look the same as it did against Kansas personnel-wise.
Patterson always says he doesn’t pay attention to the rankings, but the head coach seemed frustrated at the committee’s latest rankings that put the Frogs behind two-loss Michigan, Navy and Oklahoma.
“I mean, I think I can win two ballgames and drop to 35th, I think,” Patterson said.
Although Patterson said that he couldn’t make an argument for his team to make the playoffs after the way they played at Kansas, the rankings do have an effect on his team.
“I notice because my kids do, it’s pretty hard on morale when you win ballgames and you drop.
“I can totally agree that we’re not in the top 4 teams right now. But, the key to it is, for all the other things that we do and how we do it, for recruiting purposes or everything else that go along with the program, so, we’ll get ready to go.“
The head coach also explained why he thinks TCU fell in the rankings despite winning last Saturday.
“As a coach, you had your philosophy of what a good football team was,” Patterson said. “Mine was, run, run play action, power, play good defense, play good special teams, okay? So everyone who’s coaches has their opinion of what they like as a football team, it’s just the way it is. We’re not [good] on defense, we’re banged, we haven’t played [well].
“I can’t argue any of their points with them as far as being one of the four playoff teams.”