The TCU football team kicked off the spring portion of the practice schedule with a two-hour session on Friday. The Frogs wore no pads.
“We look a little longer,” said Patterson. “There are a lot of young guys; but really there are only two new guys. We have a lot of guys who are not practicing this spring. The way we approach it is next man up. When you get them back, you hope you are a better football team.”
Patterson talked about what he’s hoping to see over the next few practices.
“We install on the first four of five,” said Patterson. “On day four of next week we will actually practice and have a short scrimmage before we go on spring break. We will see who can tackle, who can’t tackle. Who can block, who can’t block.”
Patterson says his team has improved a lot during the last six weeks of the offseason. Guys have paid more attention to the details after a 6-7 record in 2016.
“We have to be better in every area,” said Patterson. “For me it’s about playing hard and being more mentally tough.”
Patterson said springs get tougher after a losing season.
“They lose sight of reality. One of things happening around here is 6-6, 6-7 with the bowl game, isn’t something we like,” said Patterson.
TCU dismissed defensive end Tipa Galeai earlier this week was dismissed from the football team, after allegedly assaulting two TCU students.
"He screwed up and he was kicked off the team," Patterson said. "He moved himself out of school; we did it the way we needed to. He's a good kid that made a mistake. Sometimes you make a mistake where you don't get a second chance. In this case he made a mistake and didn't get a second chance."