The foundation is there. The coaching is there. The talent is there. Now, can they put it all together in 2017?
TCU has finished with a losing record just three times under Patterson. The previous two were 2004 and 2013. In 2005, the Frogs bounced back to win 11 games and in 2014 they won 12. Will the Patterson Pattern hold true in 2017?
“In the losing seasons, you make sure that we’re not going to take all this for granted,” Patterson said. “The bottom line is you have to keep your standards high. If you’re not careful, you become average.
The Frogs take this 40 not 4 thing pretty seriously.
Former Horned Frogs currently active in the NFL who were in attendance included Josh Boyce (Cleveland Browns), Trevone Boykin (Seattle Seahawks), Marcus Cannon (New England Patriots), Tank Carder (Cleveland Browns), Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals), Josh Doctson (Washington Redskins), Jerry Hughes (Buffalo Bills), Joey Hunt (Seattle Seahawks), Colin Jones (Carolina Panthers), Derrick Kindred (Cleveland Browns), Marshall Newhouse (Oakland Raiders) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Philadelphia Eagles).
During his 16-season tenure as head coach, Gary Patterson has had 41 players drafted with 93 in NFL camps.
ESPN.com has previously ranked TCU as the nation's No. 1 school for developing NFL talent.
For everybody worried about the offense, after a SPRING GAME, chill out folks. I was there for the 2014 game... we all saw how that worked out.
The uneven, ragged offensive performance drew a shrug from Patterson, who has seen this sort of thing before. During TCU’s 2014 spring game, its first in its current spread offense, the Frogs’ offense managed only one field goal in four quarters. The ensuing fall, TCU set a school scoring record, posted a 12-1 record and won a share of a Big 12 championship.
“It’s a spring game. I just wanted to get it over,” Patterson said during a break in postgame autographs for fans. “All I cared about is everybody got a chance to play and got a chance to enjoy the fans. We’d already done a lot of work in the first 14 [practices].”
Collins has all the things you look for in an offensive lineman, and is as good a prospect on paper as you will find. But, Frog fans will forever bemoan that they didn’t get to see that play out on the field regularly in Fort Worth.
“The greatest story about Aviante is we were able to get him a medical fifth year, and he probably wouldn’t have had an opportunity [to be drafted] a year ago,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “Here’s a guy that started for us who now has an opportunity to get drafted. He won’t play tackle, but he has a chance.
“When you have a guy that size who can run like he does, he gives himself an opportunity maybe on special teams, maybe a center, a guard.”
Yeah the offense was bad, but the D showed out Saturday.
However, he was pleased with the work put in by the defense, and even though there is always room for improvement, he says the team is better than they were last year.
"I think we're better in the secondary compared to where we were a year ago at this time. We've got more depth," Patterson said.
The Frogs proved that you don’t need to actually hit the ball to put big numbers on the scoreboard in a big seven run, two hit inning Saturday.
Skoug’s grand salami was one of several huge two-out hits.
“It’s good for us because we’ve had some games where the offense hasn’t been up to its potential,” Skoug said. “We’ve had a lot of quality pitching. The days that some of the guys haven’t been as sharp on the mound, we’ve picked it up and scored a lot of runs. We’re just showing that we’re becoming more of a complete team. We’re building a lot of confidence all over the field in all aspects of the game.”