TCU post practice (8-17-16)

Head coach Gary Patterson updates the media after practice.

Fort Worth, TEXAS - After two and a half weeks of two-a-day practices, TCU head coach Gary Patterson has had enough.

“School starts on Monday, oh yeah,” said Patterson. “It is the greatest thing of my life.”

After not being happy with his group late last week, Patterson was upbeat after Wednesday’s practice session. 

“It has been physical,” said Patterson. “It is interesting. I have taken off the field more because of the heat. And really have had less problems injury wise and we have gotten our legs back. The key will be can we play in the fourth quarter like people are used to seeing us.

“The thing that has been most impressive with this football team has been if a guy has gone down and not been able to practice for a couple days, somebody has stepped up to do it.” 

Former running back great LaDainian Tomlinson was at practice on Wednesday.


* The competition between quarterbacks Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer has been what Patterson calls “impressive.” No starter at this point and both guys are running the offense as a quicker pace than at the start of camp. 

* Linebacker Travin Howard was back with the team after an emergency stop to the hospital recently. He will be back at practice next week according to Patterson wearing a “red” jersey.

* With kicker Jonathan Song down, TCU has three walk-on kickers vying to be the top backup.  Patterson said he doesn’t think Song will kick in the first game. “If they make it they stay and if they miss it, they are out.”

* Running back Kyle Hick is the “guy” but the best second best running back right now is freshman Darius Anderson, who is getting increased reps due to Shaun Nixon’s injury.

“He won’t redshirt. He will play,” said Patterson. “We don’t have tailbacks.”

* Patterson said they still have a long way to go to trust eight-guys on the offensive line. The goal is to find five starters, a backup tackle, a backup guard and a backup center. There has been an increased amount of good-on-good to try to let someone separate themselves.

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