August 20, 2013

TCU football notes: Gary Patterson takes on game-week mentality

TCU football notes

TCU coach Gary Patterson is in game-week mode. Details about personnel and which player is doing what at this or that position are hard to come by as the Horned Frogs’ opener with LSU on Aug. 31 inches closer.

TCU kicks off the 2013 season in only 10 days, but Patterson, who said a few days ago that he won’t announce his starting quarterback until game day, is already sounding in midseason form when it comes to secrecy.

He wouldn’t budge on who has nailed down starting jobs on the offensive line, where right guard and right tackle have been a battle during the first three weeks of camp.

“Go read everything that Mr. [Les] Miles says and see if he says anything positive or negative,” Patterson said of LSU’s coach. “He’s not giving me anything. Doesn’t give us yardage. It’s the same thing for us. You’re going to have to have eight guys who can play [on the offensive line]. The final test will be the first ballgame to see if we’re ready.”

Moments after Patterson’s meeting with the media, Twitter reports from Miles’ post-scrimmage press conference started percolating. Miles said he expected TCU to play both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin.

“Both guys are talented quarterbacks and can play well,” Miles said.

“Both guys are talented quarterbacks and can play well,” Miles said.

Patterson wasn’t happy with his team’s practice, which came after two days off and classes beginning on Monday. The first practice after school starts has notoriously been erratic, Patterson said. Offensive personnel were forced to run sprints “because they did a poor job of giving us a good look,” he said.

“Today LSU scrimmaged, and today we should have practiced better. It wasn’t very good on either side of the ball,” Patterson said. “It’s not uncommon the first day of classes, but [LSU] had first day of classes, too.”

Carter back

Wide receiver Brandon Carter, a Euless Trinity graduate who had surgery after injuring his hand last week, was back at practice Tuesday. Patterson said Carter caught punts and ran with the offense.

Stadium walk-through

TCU plans to practice at AT&T Stadium twice before playing LSU in the opener, including the usual pregame walk-through at the stadium the day before. Patterson hopes to take his team to the stadium before then to give players a chance to get acclimated.

Single-game tickets

If you’re not at AT&T Stadium for TCU’s opener, you can take advantage of an online-only single-game ticket sale for the rest of the season. At 8 p.m. Aug. 31, about the time of the Frogs’ kickoff, tickets for all but one of TCU’s home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium will be available for purchase. The Oct. 26 game against Texas is sold out, although standing-room only tickets will be available for $55 at 8 a.m. on Oct. 21.

Tickets also will be available by phone or at the TCU ticket office at 8 a.m. Sept. 3. The number for tickets is 817-257-3764.

Uniform unveiling

Nike and TCU plan to unveil the Horned Frogs’ specially designed uniforms for their season-opener against LSU on Friday. Details are sketchy on when exactly the public will get its first look. Patterson said he’ll show the team first before revealing the new threads. Patterson said he gets to see early renditions and has a say in the look of the uniform. A few years ago, he nixed a black and red uniform.

“They’re really good at what they do,” Patterson said of Nike’s design team. “They’ve had some unbelievable ideas.”

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