TCU football notes: Burns remains lead play caller while Anderson stays on sideline

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TCU co-offensive coordinators Jarrett Anderson and Rusty Burns will continue to work together to call plays, but Burns will remain the lead play caller from the booth when the Horned Frogs play Texas at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Burns took over lead play-calling duties during the second half against Oklahoma State when Anderson was moved down to the field. TCU (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) moved the ball much better in the second half, gaining 263 yards and 14 first downs compared with 63 yards and three first downs in the first half.

“The calls will still be from coach Anderson and coach Burns, but [Burns] will be the lead caller,” Patterson said. “We felt like it would be a great chance for coach Anderson down [on the field] as far as our communication and dealing with things on the sidelines. But they’ll be the same as they’ve always been.”

Was the move made to get Anderson on the field or to turn the play-calling over to Burns?

“It was just about winning. Trying to find a way to win,” he said. “Whatever it was that made a difference, that’s what we’re trying to get accomplished.”

Oh, snap!

Quarterback Trevone Boykin hasn’t been given a whole lot of time in the pocket as defenses have been able to get pressure, especially through the interior of TCU’s offensive line. Another problem has been consistently low snaps from center Joey Hunt.

“It has been and it’s even something we’ve addressed and worked on the sidelines,” Gary Patterson said. “It’s something we just have to get better at. It’s hard to see down the field if you’re having to lean down to get the football.”

Boykin’s running ability has prevented an untold number of sacks, but defenses have 15 in seven games.

“He’s had to run a little bit more for his life,” Patterson said. “It’s hard to throw the ball downfield when the first thing you have to do is make two guys miss.”

Pachall update

The status of quarterback Casey Pachall, who broke his arm Sept. 7, is unclear for Saturday’s game. Patterson declined to give an update on Pachall’s progress.

“Even if he did, I wouldn’t tell you,” he said. “Why would I tell Texas to get ready for Casey Pachall?”

West Virginia game

TCU’s Nov. 2 home game against West Virginia will kick at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU.


“We haven’t had one of those in a couple years. It’s standing room only for high school coaches trying to come to the game. It’ll be a great crowd, it’ll be a great atmosphere.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on hosting Texas for a night game

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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