It’s good, stabilizing advice for a new quarterback. Just make the plays you’re asked to make, and if you’ve gotta run, run.
“Just run the offense. Let the offense work for you,” Patterson said Monday, speaking to reporters during the weekly Big 12 coaches conference call. “And if you have to use your feet or other things to make things happen, then do so.”
Patterson’s defense was great at adjusting in-game to slow opponents down in 2015. Now, though, his expectation is that they come out strong at the start of the game, not just in the second half.
The Frogs gave up 16.9 first-half points per game last year and 9.8 after halftime (not counting one interception return for a touchdown).
“Which means we really caught up to the speed of the game, because we were so young,” Patterson said. “They knew how to make adjustments, and we were able to go play. We’ve got to play better in the first half starting out of the gate.”
Patterson believes they have nine guys that can line up and play thanks to fall camp, which is a good thing considering this tidbit of information.
Also, freshman backup tackle Lucas Niang and redshirt freshman backup guard Cordell Iwuagwu have given the staff confidence, with backup tackles Trey Elliott and Bryson Henderson sidelined for the season.
Kenny Hill has looked good for TCU in practice this August, but now it’s time for him to take the next step, according to Patterson.
TCU has high hopes — and a bit of trepidation — regarding Hill, who fell out of favor in College Station despite throwing 23 touchdown passes against only eight interceptions in eight games in ‘14.
“He’s been there before, looked good in practice, but we still need to see it in games,” said Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson.
Patterson is already placing a chip on his team’s shoulders, and that’s exactly what fans want to hear.
It’s hard to consider a team ranked 13th in the nation as a total underdog, but with the majority of the Big 12 Conference talk about the defending champion Oklahoma Sooners, the Frogs are absolutely under-the-radar entering the 2016 season. And while that might annoy TCU fans, Patterson clearly loves it, having already spoken at Big 12 media days about the disrespect his players feel going into the season.
This year’s slogan? Stand Your Ground.
Patterson creates a new slogan for his team every season to keep them motivated. In 2014, it was "Prove Them Wrong," in response to the Frogs' low preseason ranking. In 2015, it was "Prove Them Right" after the Frogs were ranked No. 2 to start the year. This season? "Stand Your Ground."