The run game has slowed considerably.
Coker started the season as the fourth-string option behind Niang, Bolisomi and Myers. But Patterson credited offensive line coach Chris Thomsen for piecing it together down the stretch and finding a way to move the ball well enough at Tech.
“You’ve got to give Chris Thomsen a lot of credit,” Patterson said. “You’re down your No. 1 tackle, then your No. 2 tackle, then your No. 3 tackle, and so we’re playing with our No. 4 tackle at right tackle before the end of the ballgame.
“You’re playing with Andrew Coker, who is going to be a good player, but he’s just a freshman, right? And you won a ballgame. People say, ‘Well, why did you only kick field goals in the second half?’ Well, it’s what I learned a long time ago — great players make great players, good players make good players, average players make average plays, and young players make young plays.”
Patterson is hopeful that Myers will be available when TCU travels to Oklahoma on Saturday. Myers returned to practice on Sunday and is expected to be cleared for the rest of the week.
Duggan is one of a handful of Big 12 QBs that can run and pass.
Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts has run 152 times and is 17 yards shy of 1,000. Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders is ninth in the Big 12 in rushing with 625 yards. TCU’s Max Duggan, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger and Kansas State’s Skyler Thompson each are among the league’s top 20 rushers.
“If your quarterback can’t run it, you’re going to get yourself into a lot of trouble,” said TCU Coach Gary Patterson, who will face Hurts and the Sooners in Norman on Saturday.
The only two Big 12 quarterbacks who aren’t running are Kansas’ Carter Stanley, whose team is in last place, and West Virginia’s Austin Kendall, who just lost his job to Bowling Green transfer Jarret Doege.
“The dual-threat QB is a trend in the game,” K-State coach Chris Klieman said. “It only makes sense to add another dimension to your offense. You balance that against the risk of injury, but just having that option to run makes you so much harder to defend.”
Got another close one in you, Horned Frogs?
Keeping it close
The Horned Frogs are the kings of keeping it close. Excluding their 49-24 loss to Iowa State in early October, the rest of their losses have been within one score at an average of 5.75 points. Their games with SMU, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State have all come down to the wire. Oklahoma has had a history of letting teams hang around this season, and they’ll need to get up big early, or they might have their third shootout in a row on their hands.
GP still sees big things for his young DE.
Can you describe Ochaun Mathis’s season and how he’s contributed?
“He started as a redshirt freshman; he’s probably not having the overall season he wanted to but he’s played and made a lot of plays. He’s our best defensive end. I think he’s going to be a great player here at TCU.”
These are two really bright, super good dudes who are going to represent TCU well long after their playing careers are over.
Bolisomi, who is also a combined science major, said their podcast is relevant to the TCU community because the topics they tackle affect everyone.
Kellton Hollins is the cofounder of the Key-Squared podcast
“I think it’s relevant because we are apart of that community, so that’s one of the aspects of it,” Bolisomi said. “The other thing is there are things that affects all of us as humans on a daily basis. What we talk about are subjects that occur in the news or pop culture and different things of that nature that we see occurring. Things that we feel we should talk about because what’s the point of us living if we’re not gonna be able to talk about it.”
While they have been producing the podcast since the summer, they were approached about the possibility of a live event by Jessica Hazard, the associate athletic director for student-athlete development, and Hollins and Bolisomi agreed.