Former Nebraska defensive tackle Aaron Curry has transferred to TCU with hopes of playing next season.
“Hope so,” coach Gary Patterson said. “We recruited him out of high school.”
Curry’s father told an Omaha newspaper that his son signed the scholarship paperwork on Monday. The former Keller Fossil Ridge standout was expected to be in class this week and practicing, although he is required to sit out a year.
“He didn’t like that part at all, but that’s the rules,” Aaron Curry Sr. told the World-Herald. “He’ll just get stronger, just get quicker and just learn the defense.”
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Curry played in 17 games and started eight in his first two seasons with the Cornhuskers.
Samford is going to offer TCU’s defense the same kind of offense it has been seeing in practice, Patterson said.
“They went to study with Baylor in the spring, so we’re going to get the same kind of offense that we’ve had to defend all fall camp,” he said.
In addition, Samford will use misdirection.
“Samford is Auburn,” Patterson said. “It’s misdirection, pulling guards, boots, play action.”
It will particularly stress the linebacker corps. Patterson said it took him a while to be happy with the linebackers in fall camp.
“We ask them to do quite a bit, so they’ve got plays they need to make,” he said. “They’ll be challenged in this ballgame because of all the misdirection and the verticals and the backs and the different things they try to do. We’ve been working hard at making sure those are some of things we’ve emphasized to make sure we’re ready for them.”
Patterson said he likes the way this year’s team is paying attention to details, including the pregame routine.
“Our mock weekend was much more detailed than it has been in six, seven years, from how we stretched, to the way we ran out, the way we did everything to make sure everybody’s comfortable,” he said. “Because when you’re comfortable with everything that’s going on and you understand what’s going on, then you can worry about the ballgame.”
Patterson said the team will stay in a downtown Fort Worth hotel before games this year. Previously, they had stayed in Arlington.
“You don’t have to get up as early for the early games. You’re closer for the coaches and everything else,” Patterson said.
Patterson offered praise for Pat Sullivan, a former TCU coach and Heisman Trophy winner who is working through health problems in his eighth year coaching Samford.
“Pat Sullivan’s an unbelievable man, great football coach,” Patterson said. “I know he’s struggling with his health. I’ve been thinking about him for a long time. He’s got a lot of close friends here in Fort Worth. I wish he was coming back to the ballgame from a little bit better perspective.”
On Saturday, TCU is recognizing the 1994 team coached by Sullivan that tied for first place in the Southwest Conference and earned him conference coach of the year honors.