Despite the shuffling that happened within the defensive coaching unit this offseason, the expectations and standards are unchanged for TCU's defense, because Patterson is still at the helm.
The staff shuffling, which also included promoting Paul Gonzales from graduate assistant to cornerbacks coach, was all to say that TCU’s defense, ranked first in the Big 12 last year with 19 points allowed per game, isn’t changing.
Just another under-the-radar stud that Patterson uncovered.
He had an OK frame, an OK skill set and was considered by evaluators as an OK prospect. Three stars, but unranked by Rivals. Not an “ooh and ah” guy, as ESPN put it.
And this, too: As an all-state defensive tackle at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, neither Oklahoma or Oklahoma State offered Pierson, who signed with TCU in 2011.
Here's a nice rundown of the tailback situation for the 2015 Frogs.
Led by Aaron Green (5-11, 205, Sr.), TCU returns its top-three running backs from the close of last season as well as a promising young player in Shaun Nixon (5-10, 196, RFr.).
Other Big 12 coaches are speaking very highly of TCU, building the hype up even more. However, hype doesn't dictate your final record, and one anonymous coach nailed it with this quote.
“Their biggest issue will be how they handle success. And how hungry they’re going to stay. That’s the thing you never know about. They rose up last year and had a great year and look like they’ve turned a corner. But you never know.”
More anonymous quotes from other big 12 coaches.
“Anytime Gary Patterson is involved on defense, they’re going to be good. They’ve lost a lot on defense, but I see them not losing a step.”
Check it out, you could win the chance to run the TCU flag on to the field. That's pretty cool.
Texas Christian University is partnering with mobile advertising platform Vivoom for a series of co-created video campaigns revolving around school spirit and the college’s football team this season.
Through the campaign, users essentially create their own branded content. One lucky fan will even have the opportunity to carry the TCU flag onto the field as a reward for producing the best piece.