Just motivating words from Patterson, or does he actually mean it this time?
“We’re talented. But right now, this team’s about a .500 football team,” Patterson said. “Because of the injuries, there’s guys that possibly won’t play. And guys that have got to grow up. We’re just awful young. In the next two weeks, we’ve got to pay a lot of attention to detail.”
Boykin is saying and doing everything right so far. Now he's got to step out on the field and do things the way he's capable.
“If I’m blessed enough to win it, and it comes back to Fort Worth, I’ll be proud,” Boykin said of the Heisman. “The city of Fort Worth and Dallas, where I’m from, will be proud. And I’m pretty sure my family will be too.”
He's a defensive genius, but can he get the young guys up to speed quickly enough?
With linebackers Paul Dawson, a first-team All-American, and Marcus Mallet gone in the Frogs’ 4-2-5 system, Sammy Douglas, Mike Freeze, Alec Dunham and Ty Summers will have to produce. Dawson (136) and Mallet (100) were 1-2 as the team’s top tacklers last season. Just as big in the pass-heavy Big 12 will be how the secondary can respond. Senior Derrick Kindred is TCU’s only returning starter at safety. He ranked third on the team last season with 80 tackles.
Hoge, a rookie on the PGA tour, can clinch his tour card for the next year with a win at Wyndham this weekend.
Hoge, 26, has two top-10 finishes this season, has won more than $667,000 and is 133rd in the FedEx Cup standings. That's 54 spots ahead of Woods, who needs a victory or solo second-place in the Wyndham to finish in the top 125 in FedEx Cup points and qualify for the four-event playoffs that begin next week.