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TCU spring game won’t reveal much besides new football uniforms

Members of the TCU defensive line run on to the field for the start of spring practices. The on-field offseason work ends Friday with a spring
Members of the TCU defensive line run on to the field for the start of spring practices. The on-field offseason work ends Friday with a spring Special to the Star-Telegram

TCU’s spring game won’t be as much of a game as it will be a practice. And it sure won’t be fancy.

“You know me,” coach Gary Patterson said. “It’ll be short. It won’t be long, and it won’t be on TV.”

Patterson has zero interest in giving his opponents a look at his plans, so it’s news that he’s even putting on a spring game of sorts.

“Who knows how to defend their team better than their own defense that goes against them every day?” Patterson said, asked if it’s really possible to gain something from watching a televised spring game. “And you see where they put their personnel. You get to see everything. Even if they run base plays and don’t show anything, you still see people moving and how they move and how they do stuff.”

The Horned Frogs won’t put out all their personnel, anyway. A handful of key players including quarterback Trevone Boykin, running back Aaron Green and defensive end James McFarland will sit out as they rehab injuries.

But the “Friday Night Under the Lights” has value for the Horned Frogs because it gives a chance to showcase the stadium for recruits, and also because the team will introduce its new uniforms afterward.

“It’ll be a nice deal for the fans,” Patterson said.

Patterson said last season’s 12-1 record was built in part on a strong home crowd. The game against Kansas State set a school record for student attendance.

“Fort Worth, the Metroplex and as a university, we’re learning how it is to be a Big 12 school and how we have to create a homefield advantage and how we have to do things,” Patterson said.

The gates to the stadium open at 6. Admission is free, but there is no tailgating because it is a regular school and work day on campus.

Action will begin around 7, or a little earlier, with special teams. The uniform unveil will be after the practice. At least three current or former Horned Frogs players are expected to model the Nike-designed uniforms.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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