TCU notes: Patterson not ready to put Boykin’s backup on the field

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TCU coach Gary Patterson talked highly of redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Matthews in August when the Horned Frogs had three healthy and available arms.

Six games into the season, with Trevone Boykin taking over for the injured Casey Pachall, a small faction of Horned Frog fans have wondered why Matthews hasn’t been given a shot to run the struggling offense. Patterson has heard the question that often borders on a complaint.

Patterson said Matthews likely would play a few series the last six games of the season but indicated Matthews probably wouldn’t play any more than that.

“You don’t put people in situations they’re not ready for,” Patterson said. “Everybody has answers. The key is when he goes in he needs to play well because if not, you can break a kid’s confidence when they’re a freshman and you never get it back. You’ve got to understand there’s a maturity factor and there’s a lot more at risk any time you put a freshman or redshirt freshman in a ballgame. If bad things happen to him you can ruin them for four years.”

The other reason for Matthews only getting two snaps this season is that Patterson and the offensive coaches don’t think Boykin is the only reason for the struggling offense, which is ninth in yards per game in the Big 12. Patterson said one player is never the reason for winning or losing.

“People do [think it]. Fans do,” he said. “But if you’re a good football program, you never pin it on one person. That’s not what teams do. You don’t say you won because of one guy, and you don’t say you lost because of one guy. That’s what media and fans do; that’s not what coaches and teams do. If somebody wants to blame what we’re doing, you can blame me. That’s how it’s always worked, and I’ll take that problem.”

Pachall update

Gary Patterson said injured quarterback Casey Pachall will not suit up Saturday but declined to say how close Pachall is to playing.

Pachall, who broke his non-throwing left arm in three places Sept. 7, was originally expected to miss eight weeks, meaning he might be available against West Virginia on Nov. 2.

But the senior has been out of a cast for three weeks, has worked as the scout team quarterback and has thrown during pregame the last three weeks.

Walk-on no more

Safety Geoff Hooker became the first walk-on to earn a scholarship in the middle of the season in Gary Patterson’s 13-year tenure.

The junior from Sherman High School shared the team lead in special teams tackles in 2012. He made his first career start against SMU.

“He’s one of those guys on special teams who makes plays,” Patterson said. “He’s one of those guys who make your team better. When a person gets to that point, you have to reward them.”

Patterson compared Hooker to former players such as safety Tyler Luttrell and receivers Bart Johnson and Curtis Clay, who walked on but eventually earned scholarships.

Story time

Ja’Juan Story gave the offense a spark with a long touchdown catch against SMU several weeks ago, but he was rarely used in games against Oklahoma and Kansas.

Story isn’t injured, Gary Patterson said.

“Game plan-wise, they haven’t felt like he’s had it where they could play him,” Patterson said. “He’s got to get himself into [a position to be used]. Coaches don’t play favorites. You play guys that you think can help you win ballgames, that are ready for the game plan. Hopefully, in this ballgame [Saturday] he plays and makes plays.”

Briefly

• Receiver Ty Slanina, who was knocked out of the game against Kansas, will play against OSU, Gary Patterson said.

• Brandon Carter and Cam Echols-Luper will continue to share punt return duties, Patterson said. Deante Gray also returns punts in practice.

• TCU plans on redshirting defensive back Ranthony Texada, but he’ll continue to travel with the team.

• Offensive lineman Matt Pryor hasn’t played because of academic eligibility issues he’s still working out with the school.

• Former TCU receiver Skye Dawson was moved from the practice squad to the active roster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

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

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