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TCU News: No panic for Frogs, Patterson

TCU’s coach is willing to give his QB some time, and for good reason.


TCU coach Gary Patterson says Shawn Robinson is the starting QB, ‘isn’t going to panic’ | The Star-Telegram

Is Robinson trying to do too much when his team has a lead?

To Patterson, Robinson might’ve tried to do too much even though TCU was ahead. All five of Robinson’s interceptions this season have come in the second half, including four in the third quarter with TCU leading (or trailing by one point) at the time.

“Younger players are, well, I didn’t make enough great plays the first half,” Patterson said. “Well, no, against really good teams you’re not going to have that many great plays. You’re going to have good plays. You’re going to have good plays that you earn and what the defense or offense gives you.”

Patterson has coached long enough to know young quarterbacks such as Robinson struggle early on. Growing pains are part of the development process.

How will TCU coach Gary Patterson deal with QB Shawn Robinson’s struggles? Less is more | Sports Day

He has experience with this, after all.

After 17 years as TCU’s coach, Patterson spoke on Monday as someone who had a feel of how his quarterbacks develop. Patterson went down the list of former Horned Frogs -- Andy Dalton, Trevone Boykin, Kenny Hill -- as he talked about guys who figured the position out as they got older.

”At the end of the day, before they were seniors, they all ended up being good quarterbacks and they all had their moments when they were younger,” Patterson said.

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Campbell admires his opponent, and for good reason.

Patterson has led TCU to nine bowl game victories in his 18 years as the head coach. The only year’s he hasn’t been to a bowl are 2004 when TCU went 5-6 and 2013 when TCU went 4-8.

The years after not making a bowl, Patterson has gone a combined 23-2. Even if TCU has a down year, the Horned Frogs aren’t down for long.

Patterson has swept coach of the year awards twice in his career. Once in 2009 when he led TCU to a 12-1 record and again in 2013 when he went 12-1. Patterson has gone undefeated once in his career in 2010 when his Horned Frogs team win the Rose Bowl.

Bigger Than Football:

Former TCU walk-on dies after lengthy battle with stage 4 cancer | The Star-Telegram

Rest in peace, Phil.

In December 2016, Taylor was diagnosed with cancer. On Tuesday, three years and four months after he graduated from TCU, Taylor died in his sleep with his family at his side.

Taylor would’ve turned 26 in just under a month and was beloved by his friends and family members.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native was a four-year walk-on for the TCU football team from 2011 to 2015. His work ethic, commitment and love of his teammates earned him the respect of many in the program, including Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and Mark Cohen of TCU’s media relations department.