Patterson said the maturity that this team has showed during the spring and summer reminds him of the 2014 squad that went 12-1.
“I like the way our kids have approached the spring and, really, how they have approached the summer,” Patterson said. “I sat up here and didn’t tell you that a year ago. That’s going to be very important for us, to understand going forward that you’ve got to win as a team when you don’t have some of those guys that we had a year ago that were All-Americans.”
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Head coach Gary Patterson isn’t longing for the past, though.
“It’s easier when you have unknowns,” he said. “As a head coach, I have a lot more energy, and [I’m] excited about this season going into it than I was a year ago.”
It's a big loss for TCU, but depth at both RB and WR should help offset Nixon's injury.
Nixon caught 47 passes for 501 yards and rushed 16 times for 66 yards as a redshirt freshman. He led the Horned Frogs in receptions with nine in their triple-overtime Alamo Bowl win over Oregon and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in TCU's victory over Texas.
Patterson noted that he is excited about the QB competition between Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer.
While the Cowboys get a healthy Rudolph back, TCU has former Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill and sophomore Foster Sawyer competing to succeed dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin.
"It's going to be a healthy (competition). They improved this spring," Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said. "I'm kind of excited about this season."
Very high praise for Patterson in this piece, and deservedly so.
If you evaluate the total package of a coach’s wherewithal, Patterson appears to be on the same line as guys like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops. Patterson could get national championships at Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, etc., or he could achieve nine-win seasons at middleweight places like Akron or Arkansas State, Rice or Rutgers.
Patterson isn't focused on the rest of the state, he's focused on getting his guys ready to play.
As far as national perception, that’s not good for the state of football in Texas. To an outsider, it does not matter how much the Horned Frogs, Bears or Red Raiders win — if the Horns or Aggies aren’t winning, the state must stink.
That is not TCU coach Gary Patterson’s, or TCU’s, concern.
These things are fluid, but TCU runs the state and that should last for at least one more season provided an Aggie transfer is as good as he looked in his brief time in College Station.