Sammy Douglas looked like a leader on the field Saturday, and now it feels like he’s finding his voice off of it too.
“Once you start winning a lot, you feel like you’re unstoppable,” linebacker Sammy Douglas said. “And sometimes, you need to get woken up, get beat, and get back up.”
Sammy Douglas and Ty Summers played well against Arkansas, and it seems like they’ll keep those starting spots.
Douglas and Summers combined for 27 tackles on Saturday, and Patterson said he was pleased with their efforts. "They played hard," Patterson said, a high compliment from him. Montrel Wilson will miss this week's game, leaving the Frogs' depth chart at linebacker one man short. Patterson was coy about revealing who he'd start, saying that he didn't want to give anything away to Iowa State, but all signs point to Summers and Douglas keeping their spots.
There’s a chance we see some kicker shuffling soon.
“Kickers are like pitchers. They’re like corners. Really there’s not anything good to say to them. They have to have ice in their veins to go about their business. What he’s going to have to handle is, the week before, they iced him and he hit the crossbar [in the season opener against South Dakota State, Graf’s kick bounced off the bar but still fell between the uprights]. Probably what I’m going to do is probably run the other kicker in next time.”
Patterson noted that he was more frustrated Hill audibled to a pass just before the field goal attempt was blocked than he was with the touchdown gesture Hill made.
“To be honest with you, what I was upset with him about was the last play before we kicked it. It was a run play and he checked to a pass,” Patterson said, noting that the play and the result reminded him of a similar situation with Andy Dalton, TCU’s career record-holder for wins by a starting quarterback (42), during the 2007 season.
The loss to the Razorbacks is a part of this team growing up and maturing. It’s a process that’s far from over.
"There's no secret and there's no substitute for growing up and maturing," Patterson said. "Maturation is hard work, putting them in difficult situations and getting ready to go."
Sammy Douglas led the team with 17 tackles on Saturday, a dominant performance in his first start in over a year coming off of ACL surgery.
That puts Douglas, who had 17 tackles against Arkansas, and Summers, who had 10 tackles, in the mix with Travin Howard for the two starting spots in the team’s 4-2-5 alignment. Howard, the team’s top tackler last season, started in the season opener against South Dakota State.
There are multiple opportunities to get out and see the Frogs this fall. Just make sure you’re following them on Twitter.
Over the course of fall practice, the Frogs will play in numerous intrasquad games that will be free and open to the public. All regular practice sessions will be closed to the general public but open to professional scouts. Practices are set to begin at 2:30 p.m. during the week while weekend practices are TBA and will be announced as they are scheduled via twitter (@TCU_Baseball).