August 26, 2008

Frogs continue preparation for Lobos

The TCU football team returned to the Morris Practice Fields Tuesday afternoon for its last week of preparation for the season opener at New Mexico.

The two hour session featured mostly looks that New Mexico show both offensively and defensively. Although game week has finally arrived, Coach Patterson admits next week will be the harder week for practices.

"One of the hardest weeks is next week because they've had all of this preparation for one game and then all of a sudden you got to have all that preparation in three days. You also have to have longer practices."

One of the topics discussed yesterday as Coach Patterson met with the media was the development of sophomore quarterback Andy Dalton. The coach told reporters that there's no comparison in his play from last year to where he looks so far in camp.

The coach has said countless times that all he requires from his quarterbacks is to limit mistakes and manage the game. However, if push comes to shove and Dalton has to use his arm, Coach Patterson says he is confident his quarterback can take over mainly because his offense is further along then they were last year at this point.

"We'll have to see, if they put a lot of people in the box and they're one on one on the outside then we'll have to do that. The defense actually dictates that.

"He has to be(comfortable), he's our man. We're far ahead from where we were a year ago right now. He's far ahead because our offensive line are farther ahead, our wide receivers are farther ahead, the running backs are farther ahead. Shae Reagan is healthy, I we're farther ahead in a lot of things."

One of the primary concerns going into the game for the Frogs is the strength on the defensive side the Lobos possess. The secondary is probably the best of the bunch with all-conference corners Glover Quinn and DeAndre Wright leading the way. Coach Patterson gives praise to the Lobo defense and says they do a lot of things defensively to confuse an offense.

"I think they're good across the board," Patterson said of the Lobo defense. "I think they're physical, they run around, they confuse, and it helps when they have five guys back like they do, they know what they're doing. That's why it's good we have a lot of time to prepare."

CUBA WORKS WITH THE ONE'S

Tejay Johnson didn't practice today although Coach Patterson expects him to be ready this weekend. In the meantime, Tekerrien Cuba will continue to get reps with the first team defense-

"I think he's better," Patterson said of Johnson. "When he comes back he and Tekerrien will flip out in and out. I have confidence in all three of them when they play, Corderra included."

FRESHMEN TO BE REDSHIRTED

Although Coach Patterson didn't give out names to who will be redshirted he did name a few that won't. The idea for him like years past is the hope of red-shirting all the newcomers.

"We'd like to (redshirt)all of them, but sometimes you don't have that choice. Right now it looks like except for Ross Evans(starting kicker) and Antoine Hicks(second team receiver) we'll have that opportunity to redshirt everybody."

Others such as Ross Forrest(second team DE) will most likely not redshirt barring any major changes. Coach Patterson also says the juco newcomers will all play this season.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Normally this award is given out to skill position players but this play received the most cheers of the day, and it happened back to back. RS freshman punter Anson Kelton, sporting new white cleats, booted two massive punts to end practice each easily covering sixty yards through the air. Could it have been the shoes? His teammates jokingly said so. One thing for sure, it put a grin on Coach Patterson's face.

BRIEFLY

Sophomore Jason Teague did more running around today as he continues to recover from an injury early in fall drills. His motion looked good, but as expected he isn't doing a lot of repetitions.

Senior linebacker Jason Phillips and senior center Blake Schlueter have been named to the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Watch List which is presented annually to the top lineman or linebacker in college football.

The practices this week are closed to the public.

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