TCU makes moves to spark offense

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More information Quotable “The off week has really helped him. He was a little hesitant about his knee. We’ve talked to him about you only get one chance at your senior year. He’s had two great weeks of practice, so I think we’re going to see a higher level player out of Waymon James in the next coming weeks.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on running back Waymon James, who is coming back after a knee injury a year ago.

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TCU’s offense has been the predictable punching bag during the Horned Frogs’ off week after three less than stellar starts and a 1-2 record.

Coach Gary Patterson questioned some play-calling in the Frogs’ loss at Texas Tech and felt the need to move co-offensive coordinator Jarrett Anderson from the field to the press box during games, joining co-offensive coordinator Rusty Burns.

But TCU also plans to move around receivers, Patterson said, when the Frogs (1-2) host SMU (1-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The hope is to get some help for quarterback Trevone Boykin by using the talent at receiver better and getting the right play called for certain players.

“It’s one thing about stepping up; the other thing is putting them in situations,” Patterson said. “We felt like maybe we were throwing some balls into situations where we had guys who had not been making plays. We’ve got to get guys who can make plays when we need to have a throw and we need to make the catch. So we’ll see this Saturday whether we did a good job of moving some people around and doing that.”

Patterson cautioned that he’s not panicking. He compared Boykin’s performance — both last year as a first-year emergency freshman starter and this year as a sophomore again replacing Casey Pachall after an injury — to that of Andy Dalton, who struggled at times his first couple seasons as a starter. Dalton has started for three years for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“We used patience, he matured and you have the Andy Dalton you have now,” Patterson said. “Same thing goes on with Trevone. You need to have patience.”

Furthermore, Patterson said, the offensive game plan in some ways contributed to Boykin’s limited production. Although he rushed for a career-high 101 yards against Texas Tech, he was intercepted twice and his longest completion went for only 22 yards. Patterson called Boykin’s performance “fair,” but felt he tried to do too much.

“He’s got great athletic ability, he’s got a great arm, he’s got great presence,” he said. “We just have to make sure that he plays within himself.”

The changes on and off the field are designed to help him do that.

“We probably should have had a little bit more communication with how we did things, but you kind of went into a buzz saw with everything going on out there [at Texas Tech],” Patterson said.

“We probably should have settled him down. I take as much blame as anybody does to make sure he does that. If mistakes are made we correct them from a player’s standpoint and also from a coaching staff. We think we’re going to do a lot better job with Coach Anderson going back up in the box so we have a coach watching the back end and the front.”

Oklahoma game set

TCU will play at Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Oct. 5, the league said Monday. The game will be televised nationally on Fox (KDFW/Ch. 4).

Fields’ status

Gary Patterson declined to update defensive end Devonte Fields’ progress after he injured his foot against Texas Texas. Will Fields play against SMU?

“We’ll see on Saturday,” Patterson said.

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

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