Summers has transformed himself into a great linebacker, yet another former offensive player that GP has helped become an NFL-caliber defender.
“One of the reasons I’ve always liked quarterbacks and running backs is because that’s usually where coaches put their best players because they’re going to touch the ball the most,” Patterson said.
Patterson said Summers’ time at quarterback has helped him be a good communicator on the field.
“In Ty’s case, it’s the intelligence aspect of playing the game,” Patterson said.
This is a great story of perseverance and the depth of the Frog Fam.
Although he had a few setbacks along the way, he enrolled at Big 12 power TCU, following close friend and Beavercreek track star Dekan Ekpo there, and his belief in the power of prayer, perseverance and positive thinking ultimately paid off when he made the team as a walk-on.
He appeared in seven games his first two years before a recurring knee injury ended his career. But the TCU coaches made sure he remained in the program and put him on an athletic scholarship for the semester that started in January — even though he can’t contribute anymore.
Patterson has worked well with local high school coaches throughout his tenure at TCU.
Patterson knows as well as anyone that great coaches have to keep proving year after year. Doing it as a Texas high school football coach isn‘t easy, but , including the past 19 as the head coach at Highland Park, made winning look routine.
“He’s a legend,” Patterson said. “He’s meant so much to Texas high school football. The way he’s always conducted himself. If you watch really closely you can learn a lot from him.”
Allen, who won 376 games (fourth-most in Texas), would come over to Fort Worth to visit with Patterson and the each spring. Allen, 68, was a head coach for 37 years, including stints at Ballinger, Brownwood and his alma mater Abilene Cooper.
Pebley is dipping into Australia, much like Jamie Dixon, in bringing in a talented transfer by way of Oregon.
After just one season with the Oregon women’s basketball program, freshman Anneli Maley will transfer to TCU, while sophomore forward Sierra Campisano has asked for her release from the program, according to a report from the Register-Guard’s Austin Meek.
Both played sparingly in their time at Oregon. Maley appeared in 37 games for Oregon this season and averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Campisano played in 35 games her freshman season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, but only logged playing time in 23 games as a sophomore this season.
Maley joins former Oregon women’s basketball player Jayde Woods, who also transferred to TCU after last season.
“We love Anneli’s tenacity, versatility, work ethic and drive,” TCU head coach Reagan Pebley said. “On top of it, she is skilled, athletic and has limitless potential. One of many things we respect about Anneli is her toughness extends beyond the court. She is a winner on the court and in life.”
Luken Baker had two home runs — including a grand slam in the eighth inning — and a career-high six RBIs as TCU routed Kansas 13-3 on Saturday for its fourth win in a row.
TCU (18-13, 6-5 Big 12) started with Baker’s two-run shot in the top of the first inning. That gave starter Sean Wymer (2-2) a cushion he used to go eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
TCU scored three times in the sixth to open a five-run lead before shutting down the Jayhawks (19-16, 3-8) with a five-run eighth highlighted by Baker’s slam.
20,000 applications? TCU is becoming more and more exclusive, more and more expensive, and more and more a commodity on the national stage.
The bump in numbers is part of a continued overall upward trend over the past decade, said Dean of Admission Heath Einstein.
The previous fall application record of 19,972 was set in 2016.
The biggest bump came between 2010 and 2011, when applications soared from 14,079 to 19,166, likely the result of the football team making it to the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl.
However, Einstein said more applications does not necessarily yield a stronger incoming class.
“While we certainly don’t want our popularity to wane, there are demographic, financial and logistical challenges to consider when weighing the relationship between the size of the applicant pool and the strength of our institution,” Einstein said.
A hotel? On campus? Wow.
Following Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting, the private university announced it is taking its first step toward building an on-campus hotel.
”After reviewing responses to TCU’s request for proposal and in consultation with CBRE Hotels Consulting, the board approved entering into a ground lease for the purpose of developing a hotel to serve those visiting TCU,” the university said in its trustees meeting report. “The scope calls for a branded hotel concept that must meet TCU requirements for exterior design and operations standards.”