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TCU News: Frogs outperform rankings, GP’s defensive game plan centers on stopping the option

The 4-2-5 is often imitated, but no one does it better than TCU.

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Gary Patterson prepares his team to stop Big 12 offenses by teaching the triple option | SB Nation

This is football scheme nirvana in an article. You have to read it.

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is: you don’t have an answer,” Patterson said. “And you wait until the Sunday of game week, then you want to teach your kids. We try to come up with that answer in the spring and in two-a-days, when you have extra practices, not when you get two days — a Tuesday and a Wednesday — and the other two days you’re in shorts.

“You gotta have an answer for that sooner rather than later.”

For every play that an opponent has run in the past few years years, Patterson has studied it, developed a way for his scheme to respond, and taught his players that response, all before the week when they actually zero in on that opponent.

Then there are the new tweaks he adds to his legendary 4-2-5 playbook: “I better come up with a couple of wrinkles going into the fall on defense that I did not do last year, ‘cause everyone studies us.”

TCU’s Patterson on outperforming recruiting rankings | 247 Sports

Your rankings. Not his.

“I have always believed that the it’s not where you start, but where you finish. So you recruit whoever you want to recruit, you recruit who fits your program. Doesn’t do you any good to have a good athlete fits a square peg fitting into a round hole. The guy has to fit that position or he needs to be good enough that you will create a new position within your defense and offense so he can be successful and he will make you better. I think that’s one of the things we’ve always done. We know what we’re looking for.

“We trust the high school coaches in the state of Texas and Louisiana and surrounding states to tell us about the young man. Does he fit what we do and how we do it? There is no science. We’ve made mistakes, guys that have not turned out the way we need them to be. But as a general rule kids come in knowing that you’re going to work hard and we want you because of class sizes, we want you to get a degree, not just talk about it.”

Summers heads into senior season | Spectrum News

One of the most under-the-radar great players in the country will have a chance to make his name national this year. This is a good chance to hear from him.

A long and productive career for Ty Summers at TCU is winding down as the senior linebacker heads into his final year of college football. A force in the middle of the Horned Frogs defense, Summers had 64 tackles last season with 8 tackles for loss.

The former Reagan quarterback has turned into a very solid defensive player in college. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer last season and helped lead TCU to an 11-3 record.

We caught up with Summers at Big 12 media days to talk about his final year and his college career overall.

Big 12 coaches divided on adding standardized injury reports | Woodward News

I am a little surprised to see so many players standing up for gamblers... but not at all surprised that GP invoked Bill B for the method to his madness.

“The NFL has their reporting, but they have some sign-offs because they are employees. Our student athletes are not employees. They are students. Therefore, you have HIPPA and FERPA, so that’s where we have to get the attorney’s to give us advice.”

CNHI spoke with multiple players at media days and none had a personal issue with their medical information being released to the public if it’s reported properly.

“As long as it’s done right and people who need to know, know first, and you’re not exploiting this guy or that guy to get an edge up on your gamble,” Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts said.

Texas Tech offensive lineman Travis Bruffy and Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen said sports gamblers have a right to know who is playing.

“People who put money on the line should be entitled to know everything,” Bruffy said. “You’re favorite team is not just losing, you’re losing your money at that point.”


Man there is a lot of talk about this game... but yeah, this matchup is huge.

For the last four years under the tutelage of coach Larry Johnson, Ohio State’s defensive line has been one of the strengths of the team. This season, led by defensive ends Chase Young and Nick Bosa—who perhaps could be the #1 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft—, the Rushmen don’t appear to be slowing down. The Buckeyes will also return defensive tackles Dre’Mont Jones and Robert Landers, the former of which could have gone in the first few rounds of this year’s NFL Draft, but elected to return to Columbus for one more season.

TCU’s offensive line, on the other hand, is a patchwork of sorts. Four offensive line starters depart, along with the starting tight end, leaving gaping holes for the Horned Frogs and coach Gary Patterson to fill.