Or genuine disappointment?
Speaking with reporters on Thursday night after practice, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was quick to point out concerns he had after a week of practices.
“I can tell you we are not very good on offense. And we don’t know how to fight through heat,” said Patterson, who has been dealing with Texas temps in the 100s since 1998. “The first team that I have had in ten years that doesn’t know how to do that. We have had some kids banged up. The bottom line is, we aren’t very good right now, either side of the ball.
“If I see something that is really good, I will tell you. But to be honest with you, it’s not very good.”
Patterson indicated the coaching staff has brought the players into the indoor practice facility more than any other year because the players haven’t been able to handle the temps.
“I guess we are reading your papers,” said Patterson. “I hope they read the paper tomorrow to see what I had to say.”
TCU signed the No. 13 class in the country in 2016. On Thursday Patterson was asked about the hyped filled class.
“Right now they are all paper tigers,” said Patterson. “They key is to be a two (star) and play like a five. Not a five and play like a two. Right now we have some four and fives playing likes twos.”
The biggest storyline coming out of Thursday’s practice was the absence of linebacker Travin Howard.
“He’s been out since last Thursday,” said Patterson. “He was in the hosptail and now he’s home with his mom. He will be back Sunday.”
It could be two weeks before the Frogs have him back. Patterson called it an “emergency type situation,” but not from a hit.
* All the freshman defensive lineman are currently in the Frogs two-deep according to Patterson. “Everybody is hurt,” said Patterson. At the tackle spot, Joe Broadnax and L.J. Collier are pushing Aaron Green for a staring spot and have already “beaten out” Chris Bradley.
* While the quarterback competition is one of the bigger storylines of fall camp, Patterson didn’t hint at any guy standing out at this point.
* Patterson said both punters have been very solid the last couple of practices. The same can’t be said for kicker Jonathan Song, who went down with an injury (stubbed toe). He could miss the first game. “We have to find ourselves a kicker,” said Patterson. “We got problems.”