TCU’s new offense dominated conversation at coach Gary Patterson’s women’s football clinic Thursday at the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.
In front of around 400 female TCU fans, the new faces of TCU’s offense were showcased in a effort to raise money for the local Fort Worth charity, Hope Farm, Inc.
Following a few words from Patterson and a brief fashion show of TCU gear, new TCU co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham took the stage to start the program and briefly broke down what their new offense would look like to fans this fall.
“It’s going to kind of have the flavor like a two-minute drill, to a degree,” Meacham said. “It’s a lot of 4-wide. We’re going to throw the football a good bit. You are going to see the ball being dispersed to a lot of different guys.”
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Cumbie credited his former coach and then boss at Texas Tech, Mike Leach, who he referenced by his nickname “The Angry Pirate,” for bringing this kind of offense into the Big 12 and making it the prevalent style for the majority of the conference’s schools.
While defenses around the conference are slowly catching on to the breakneck pace of these offenses, TCU’s defense has been able to remain at the top of the league statistically in its first two years of membership, which Cumbie cited as one of TCU’s best selling points.
“That’s one of the great things about this place here at TCU is we have a spread offense with four wide receivers,” Cumbie said. “We have a great offensive line, and we have great running backs, and at the end of the day you’re playing with a great defense. And I think that’s something that in this conference that sets us apart from the other schools is our defense, year-in and year-out, you’re in ballgames before you start.”
After the coaches, it was the fresh face of transfer quarterback Matt Joeckel that headlined the player panel.
With a bevy of female family members in attendance, including his mother, both grandmothers, two aunts and his sister-in-law, Joeckel broke down an aspect of football that is very dear to his family — the offensive line.
Joeckel’s twin brother Luke, an offensive tackle, was the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and his father also played on the offensive line.
“If the offensive linemen aren’t playing well and they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do then the offense doesn’t run,” Joeckel said. “That’s where it all starts and that’s what everyone talks about in the locker room and the meeting rooms is that we don’t forget that they are the most important guys.”
Joeckel joins junior Trevone Boykin and four other quarterbacks in the battle for this fall’s starting spot. Patterson only said he his looking for the quarterback with the most swagger as fall camp opens next month.
That being said, Thursday’s audience need look no further that TCU wide receiver Jordan Moore and defensive back coach Kenny Perry, who serenaded the audience with Highway Man and My Girl and received a standing ovation at the end the program.
Perry joined the defensive coaching staff over the off-season and reiterated the high point of the night — the changes made in the off-season will be fun to watch.
“The most exciting part about it is we have the defensive staff like we have — it’s unbelievable,” Perry said. “Now we’re going to put it with an offense that scores as fast as this one is going to — it’s pretty exciting.”