TCU football notes: With season-opening showdown days away, Frogs ‘need to relax’

Posted Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The season opener, no matter the opponent, can’t arrive soon enough for most football players. A mix of emotions swirling in anticipation begins to build and hits a fever pitch the night before the game.

For TCU coach Gary Patterson, he’d prefer his 20th-ranked Horned Frogs dial it back a bit with a long wait leading to the opener against No. 12 LSU at 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

“If anything, we need to relax,” Patterson said after Wednesday’s no-pad practice in the indoor facility. “Last year, we were too young to know any better. Now we’re older and we just need to relax on both sides of the ball.”

Patterson said he wasn’t overly concerned about the matter.

“They just need to calm down,” he said. “I think they’ll even be better [Thursday]. They were tight today. Tomorrow they might be completely opposite.”

Unlike his team, Patterson seemed relaxed the last few days, at least outside of the closed practice. He even said his well-known nervous tick of tying and retying his shoes on the sidelines has disappeared.

“That nervous twitch just went away,” he said. “I haven’t tied them once. It just happened this spring. I don’t know what the deal is.”

Patterson said he didn’t have a shoelace issue growing up and that the habit started about three years ago. It has been affectionately mocked by fans and broadcasters. Whether he’s able to get through Saturday’s game without checking his laces is another story.

The next few days leading up to kickoff will be filled with numerous walk-throughs and reminders for his players, he said. TCU is expected to arrive at the stadium around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Especially with young football teams, we use every minute to make sure we tell them one more time what the play is going to be,” he said. “You have to prepare for the moment. They’ve been in these kinds of moments. We’ve been in these kinds of moments as a staff but not as much as a football team.”

Johnson leaves team

Defensive tackle and Argyle High School ex David Johnson is no longer playing because of a persistent knee injury. Patterson said Johnson remains with the team as a student coach.

Patterson radio returns

The Gary Patterson Show returns Thursday with TCU play-by-play man Brian Estridge. The radio show airs live from 6 to 7 p.m. each Thursday at Railhead Smokehouse at 2900 Montgomery St. in Fort Worth. TCU defensive tackle Chucky Hunter is the first player guest.

Pregame fan event

Allstate Tailgate Tour, an interactive fan experience making appearances at stadiums across the country, will be at the AT&T Stadium parking lot before TCU’s game Saturday.

Fans can get autographs from former Dallas Cowboys Jay Novacek, Larry Brown and Bradie James between 2 and 6 p.m. Brown played at TCU.

The event is located near the intersection of Collins and Slaughter streets. The tour also will make a stop at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday before the Mustangs host Texas Tech.

Quotable

“No. Even if he did I wouldn’t tell you.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on whether quarterback Trevone Boykin has worked out at any other positions this month

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

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Sunday, November 23Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, November 23Full Scoreboard
Portland 11/23 6:00 PM ET
Boston TV: CSN-NW, CSN-NE
LA Clippers 11/23 6:00 PM ET
Memphis TV: FSN-PT, SPSO
Charlotte 11/23 6:00 PM ET
Miami TV: SPSO, Sun Sports
Golden State 11/23 7:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City TV: NBA TV, CSN-BA, FSN-OK
Denver 11/23 9:30 PM ET
LA Lakers TV: Altitude, TWC SN
Full Scoreboard
Week 12Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Kansas City20Final | Box
Oakland «24Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Cleveland01st Qtr 8:52 | Box
Atlanta0@theGridiron | TV: CBS
Tampa Bay01st Qtr 5:43 | Box
Chicago0@theGridiron | TV: FOX
Cincinnati01st Qtr 8:45 | Box
Houston0@theGridiron | TV: CBS
Jacksonville01st Qtr 8:21 | Box
Indianapolis3@theGridiron | TV: CBS
Green Bay01st Qtr 8:16 | Box
Minnesota0@theGridiron | TV: FOX
Detroit31st Qtr 8:54 | Box
New England0@theGridiron | TV: FOX
Tennessee01st Qtr 10:44 | Box
Philadelphia14@theGridiron | TV: CBS
St. Louis 4:05 PM ET
San Diego TV: FOX
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Seattle TV: FOX
Miami 4:25 PM ET
Denver TV: CBS
Washington 4:25 PM ET
San Francisco TV: CBS
Dallas 8:30 PM ET
NY Giants TV: NBC
Monday
NY Jets 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Baltimore 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, November 23Full Scoreboard
St. Louis 11/23 4:30 PM ET
Winnipeg TV: TVA Sports, FSN-MW, TSN3
Montreal 11/23 7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers TV: NHLN, CITY TV, RDS, MSG
Arizona 11/23 8:00 PM ET
Anaheim TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-W
Chicago 11/23 9:30 PM ET
Vancouver TV: CSN-CH, SN-PAC
Full Scoreboard