When Patterson says this about a player of McFarland’s quality, then everyone else needs to watch out.
“McFarland looks better than I’ve ever seen him,” coach Gary Patterson said.
McFarland is coming off of a missed season, but he’s still confident in his ability, along with the ability of his counterpart Josh Carraway.
Do you think you and Josh Carraway can be the best defensive end duo in the Big 12?
McFarland: We definitely feel that’s a possibility. It’s just gonna have to come down to us in two-a-days and getting in there and working hard. I’m not really looking for accolades, I just want to do the best I can. I just want this team to be successful. I want TCU to be successful, not only this year but going forward. Whatever I can do to help that happen, I’m down for it.
Kirk Bohls has high praise for Patterson here, lauding the coach for his ability to produce a consistent winner.
In 15 seasons, he’s had double-digit wins 10 times. He followed up a 4-8 season with a 23-3 mark in the last two years and figures to start out as a fringe Top 10 team despite only three returning starters on offense. He’s won eight of his last 10 bowl games. And he’s adaptable, winning as much with explosive offense as stingy defense.
According to Bovada.com, the Frogs have 40-1 odds of winning the national championship, with Baylor coming in second for Texas teams with 50-1 odds.
Among area schools, the best CFP title odds belong to Oklahoma (16-1), the defending Big 12 champion. The Sooners enter with the eighth-best national odds. The top five favorites, in order, are Alabama (6-1), LSU (7-1), Clemson (17-2), Michigan (9-1) and Ohio State (9-1).
Boykin is thriving with the Seahawks right now, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is noticing. Here, Bevell is commenting on Boykin’s ability to make quick reads and get rid of the ball.
“Yeah, he’s been really good at it,” Bevell said. “I think he sees the field well and that is similar to some of the style of offense that he played at TCU, so it is not foreign to him. He’s got a big arm, so there’s throws that he is willing to make that some young guys aren’t willing to make. We haven’t seen hesitation in that way either. He’s done a great job for us.”
For Boykin, this game is all about replicating what he’s done in practice.
Bevell said Heaps has also shown improvement throughout camp, and that now the goal for each quarterback is to replicate that practice success in a game, preseason or otherwise.
“We’ve got good competition at that position,” Bevell said. “I think Jake is pushing him as well. Both those guys are making some big splash plays out here, so I think it is going to be fun to watch them play and see how much they are going to be able to retain and react to.”