Patterson loves seeing his former players succeed at the next level, but he’s proudest of how they carry themselves off the field.
“I was very proud of the group,” Patterson said, speaking to reporters Monday in the football offices at TCU. “I’m a big fan of LT, what he has become, the way he carries himself. He was a great player, but he’s even a better person. The way he represents the NFL and TCU, I think is just unbelievable. His legacy will carry on for many years here in the community.”
GP has jokes.
“[Cannon] played well,” Patterson said. “He's an unbelievable run blocker and his pass protection has come light years.”
During the first half, a win didn’t seem too probable for the Patriots. They trailed 21-3 at halftime.
Patterson joked that since there was a Frog on the team, he had to go change his shirt at halftime.
“I’m just kidding, the only thing I did was go back and get me a second sandwich,” he laughed.
Robinson was recognized as one of the stars of TCU’s crucial 2-0 week.
Robinson is the third different TCU newcomer to be recognized this season by the Big 12 in their weekly honors, joining freshmen guards Jaylen Fisher (Nov. 16) and Desmond Bane (Dec. 27). TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky received player of the week honors on Jan. 16. The Frogs return to action Tuesday against Texas Tech (16-7, 4-6) in Schollmaier Arena (8 p.m., ESPNEWS).
The Frogs have pushed through their slump, and have legitimate tournament aspirations.
“We’ve responded. It’s a week later,” said first-year coach Jamie Dixon, reflecting on what may be remembered as the defining week in a turnaround season. “We’ve got to play with confidence when we’re shooting the ball well or not shooting the ball well.”
During the last two games, TCU has done that while recording a key road victory at K-State and securing the school’s first season sweep of the Longhorns in conference play in 30 years. For Dixon and the Frogs, the resurgence is an attitude-adjuster and perhaps a season-changer.
“It’s a really good feeling,” Dixon said. “We’re playing better now.”