Gary Patterson stands with arms folded across his chest, ball cap pulled snug, short sleeves, watch on his left wrist, eyes focused.
Davey O’Brien is preparing to throw the football, leather helmet, back foot planted.
O’Brien’s coach, Dutch Meyer, is wearing a hat and a long coat, looking prepared to “Fight ’em til hell freezes over, then fight ’em on the ice,” the Horned Frogs’ mythic, driving preamble to every game.
The statues of the three TCU football icons were unveiled Saturday morning under blue skies in front of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on the TCU campus.
Striking the Patterson pose was already becoming a “thing” Saturday morning.
Patterson is entering his 16th season as Horned Frogs head coach, restoring glory to a once-woebegone program. O’Brien won the 1938 Heisman Trophy under Meyer, the coach who brought national championship recognition to the Frogs in 1935 and 1938.
The Frogs had their TCU Spring Game, a public scrimmage, on Friday night.
Their season opens at home Sept. 3 against South Dakota State.