TCU defense strikes back during scrimmage, but key injury hits offense

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TCU’s defense responded with its best scrimmage of August camp Tuesday, but it came at a cost.

Leading returning receiver Brandon Carter injured his hand during the scrimmage, coach Gary Patterson said after Wednesday’s practice, but the junior from Euless Trinity High School should return to practice next week.

Patterson said Carter had surgery Tuesday. He declined to indicate which hand was injured but said Carter will play in the Horned Frogs’ season opener against LSU Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium.

“He’ll be all right. It’s not a big deal,” Patterson said. “He’ll play in the ballgame. He’ll be practicing next week. When he can tolerate the pain and catch the ball ... once he can do that, then he goes.”

Carter had 36 receptions for 590 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, second only to Josh Boyce.

The defense intercepted Casey Pachall twice and Trevone Boykin once during Tuesday’s scrimmage. TCU holds its final full-scale scrimmage of camp Saturday. Safety Zach Jackson had one of the interceptions, Patterson said.

Patterson indicated that he may announce his starting quarterback after Saturday’s scrimmage. The team is off Sunday and Monday for the start of classes.

“Both of them have had glimpses,” Patterson said, before turning his praise to redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Matthews. “We really feel like we have a third. Tyler has played unbelievable. He’s vastly improved from a year ago and from the spring. He worked hard this summer on his throwing motion. He got bigger and stronger, and his back is stronger. We feel like we have three quarterbacks.”

AC helping

The new air conditioning in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility has helped the team recover faster from working out in the heat, Gary Patterson said.

Before installing the AC unit, the indoor facility could be stuffier and more uncomfortable than the hot sun beating down outside. But now the team can divide up practices and finish indoors instead of staying outside in the heat for the entirety of practice.

“Our legs are coming back,” Patterson said. “The air conditioning has made a difference. It’s still humid in here but you can tell, we’ve gotten a lot of [work in the] heat. It was hot [Tuesday] for the scrimmage.”

The air ducts spanning the indoor ceiling are perforated so the cool air isn’t just blowing out of one hole, Patterson said.

“We can make it 70 degrees in about two hours,” he said. “Now we can use this [facility] smart. They won’t lose their legs completely.”

The artificial turf in the indoor is harder on legs, so Patterson said he doesn’t want to overuse it.

Focus on freshmen

Freshman receiver Ty Slanina has received a lot of praise early from Patterson, but another freshman, cornerback Ranthony Texada, has also impressed. Texada twice nearly returned punts for scores during Tuesday’s scrimmage, Patterson said, and had a long kickoff return. Freshman offensive lineman Patrick Morris continues to work at both center and guard.

“He won’t redshirt this year,” Patterson said. “He’ll help us. He’s a fighter. That’s what I like about him.”

Quotable

“I didn’t think Devonte had a good early camp because of the suspension. This last week and a half he’s really started to come on. We went back and showed him what he looked like as a freshman and how he worked and how he played, and his whole demeanor changed.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on Arlington Martin grad and defensive end Devonte Fields

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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