Coming off a dominant 62-22 upset win against then No. 17 Baylor in Waco last Saturday, the Horned Frogs now walk into their second and final bye week of 2016, with a home game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on the horizon for next Saturday. TCU head coach Gary Patterson spoke to media-members following the team’s practice on Thursday afternoon. Here are some updates to give you.
The Frogs are pretty much complete again
While nothing compared to 2015, the Horned Frogs have had to deal with a number of injuries and absences once again this season, but we’ll be looking at near fully-healthy team come time for the matchup against the Cowboys on Nov. 19. Patterson said Tuesday that outside guard Patrick Morris and Deante Gray, who has played at both receiver and cornerback this season, are back after sitting out the game against Baylor last weekend. Patterson added that he considers sophomore wide-receiver KaVontae Turpin to be 100 percent after dealing with a knee injury that sidelined him for nearly a month. In regards to the ever-fickle kicking situation, Patterson said both Jonathan Song and Brandon Hatfield made all of their kicks at the end of practice, but did not say who may start against Oklahoma State.
A fresh start?
The Frogs got the momentum booster they needed last weekend with their shocking demolition of a ranked rival in a place where the visitors rarely win. And with two weeks to work with before the next game, Patterson said that it’s essentially a brand-new mini season with three difficult games to play, two of which will be at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
“We haven’t panicked. When everyone is back, we have a nice complement of everything going on,” Patterson said. “One game doesn’t make a season bad or good. Now we have three games against teams that are all-playing well. ”
While it may have taken nine games for TCU to finally look like the team everyone thought the they were getting this season, Patterson praised his squad for how much they’ve progressed in recent weeks.
“The whole team has grown up,” Patterson said. “I probably pushed them too hard too early on defense and we lost some confidence, but Julius Lewis (CB) has given us a confidence level about his play. It’s even helped the safeties, because they have somebody that communicates with them.”
Now we get to see if the Frogs can continue to ride the wave of momentum in the final three weeks of the season.
It’s go-time for recruiting
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Bye weeks are always a prime opportunity to scout and recruit future players, and the Frogs are taking full advantage of having this week off. Patterson said that the entire coaching staff, aside from the coordinators, has been on the road watching high school players. Patterson said he’ll be out of town a day himself to watch a potential recruit play Friday night. After that, the focus is all back on Oklahoma State.