After a practice on Sunday in preparation for Georgia, the TCU Horned Frogs are taking Monday thru Wednesday off to prepare for semester finals.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson spoke with reporters at a Liberty Bowl press conference on Monday night.
“Saturday’s practice was probably the best practice we had since two-a-days,” said Patterson, who spoke with reporters at a Liberty Bowl press conference on Monday night. “Sometimes your young players, they get in the grind of things. With only seven seniors, we didn’t feel like maybe we had the leadership that we needed to show them how TCU practices and how you play in a game and week by week.?
The Frogs will not use all 15 practices according to Patterson and will practice in shorts and shirts a couple times in Memphis upon arrival.
“You want your kids to be excited about practicing,” Patterson said. “For me, it’s about practice 90, not counting all the walk-throughs. So how do you keep them excited, because you want them to be on edge getting back? You want the best game you can play on that day that you play the ballgame.”
Patterson said playing an opponent with the name recognition like Georgia helps practices.
“It’s always easier to get ready for a bowl game when they know that they’re playing against somebody like the University of Georgia, where they know they’re going to have to play their best ballgame if they’re going to have a chance to win,” said Patterson. “You learn a lot in these experiences, I think.”
TCU will return to the practice field on Thursday night.