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Gary Patterson Week 1 Press Conference Notes: South Dakota State, Kenny Hill, and Scholarships

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Patterson started up his weekly press conference on Tuesday, signaling that it is, truly, football season.

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Gary Patterson was back in the Four Sevens room on Tuesday afternoon, answering questions about the 2016 football team, and talking a bit about South Dakota State. Here’s what he had to say.

On South Dakota State

Patterson noted that South Dakota State is not afraid to play people, pointing to the fact that they’ve played several Big 12 and SEC teams in recent years. The Jackrabbits have played Kansas twice in the past four years, along with Missouri and Nebraska.

TCU’s coach also noted that SDSU is well coached, and will come ready to compete. He noted that they’ve been to the FCS playoffs the past four seasons.

On Kenny Hill’s first start

Patterson said that Kenny Hill just needs to try not to do too much. He’ll be at his best if he just runs the offense and understands that it doesn’t have to be all about Kenny.

On TCU’s chances to win the Big 12

On TCU players recovering from injury

Patterson noted that Ranthony Texada and Deante Gray are back at full speed, but Kenny Iloka is still working his way back. Patterson said the staff hopes to have him back at 100% by mid-season.

Ty Slanina is another player who is back at full strength and ready for the season to begin.

On TCU’s offensive line

Coach Patterson said TCU has eight or nine guys that can rotate in and compete. He noted that freshman Lucas Niang has come along really well, and starting guard Patrick Morris is very, very solid.

On new scholarship players