Patterson's falling back on an old mantra.
"The bottom line is this week we're going to try to beat Stephen F. Austin by one point," Patterson said. "I would hope we'd do a better job than that."
Doctson is six touchdowns away from tying Josh Boyce's school record of 22, and seven away from breaking it. He's also 53 receptions away from breaking that TCU record as well. What's gotten him to this point? He's his own worst critic.
“Josh is his worst critic,” Patterson said. “That’s why he’s sitting where he is right now, from going to Wyoming to back here to walking on, to earning a scholarship, to being the kind of player he was last year. Josh Doctson is self-made, very, very critical, very serious. You’ve got to be careful about being too serious on Josh, because he’s already hard enough on himself.”
Just roll with the punches and keep your eyes forward.
With both Douglas and Freeze gone, the Horned Frogs will be leaning on a pair of freshmen at linebacker in Ty Summers and Montrel Wilson, who was moved from safety this week.
It's a possibility.
Maybe, even probably. Gary Patterson is a great defensive coach, but he's not a magician. TCU can't keep losing player after player. Who knows when or if Mike Freeze returns from his leave of absence? Right now, you're looking at a true freshman, a redshirt freshman and a converted tight end in the mix at linebacker for the No. 3 team in the country.
Hughes has found a fit in Buffalo.
In three seasons with the Colts, the former TCU pass rusher only managed five sacks and started only seven games. And in Buffalo, he experienced a career renaissance in two different defenses. With Mike Pettine, he had 10 sacks. And then with Jim Schwartz, he proved that was no fluke with another 10 sacks. In a division still owned by Tom Brady (and possibly a budding star in Ryan Tannehill), a viable pass rush is a necessity.