Everyone has an opinion, but people are going to keep asking until they get an answer.
“I’ve got 50,000 armchair quarterbacks to how to do it,” Patterson said on the Big 12 football coaches teleconference on Monday. “Obviously everybody would like to have one designated guy. One’s a true freshman, one’s a fifth-year senior. You keep everybody involved.”
Fifth-year senior Alex Delton and true freshman Max Duggan split snaps in the season-opening 39-7 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Aug. 31. Neither separated themselves enough to get more snaps.
Delton finished 10-of-22 passing for 119 yards. He had multiple receivers drop passes, including a surefire touchdown to Derius Davis. Delton flashed his running ability, leading the team with 67 yards rushing on seven carries.
Duggan was 16-of-23 passing for 165 yards with one TD. He was the quarterback on all three TD drives by the Frogs.
“Quarterback-wise, right now really the top four guys, just keep developing them,” Patterson said. “Get them where they need to. You’re down to two and run the offense the way we need to do it. These guys know they’re getting a fair chance.
Slowing Moore is job one of a TCU defense that has faced their share of top receivers through the years.
The task of defending Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore is something that even the top defensive minds in the sport -- TCU head coach Gary Patterson included -- can lose plenty of sleep over. Moore, who was named a consensus All-American as true freshman last fall after finishing with 1,258 receiving yards, hasn’t missed a beat with 344 yards already in 2019.
”He’s a good player,” Patterson said of Moore on the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday. “They have a couple of good players. You’ve got to be able to tackle in space. (Moore) is a powerful young man.”
LOL Montrel Wilson isn’t even on the team (how hard is it to check a roster?).
Purdue did well stopping Vanderbilt’s run game, but it will be challenged this week as TCU enters the contest having rushed for over 200 yards in three straight games. Defensively, Patterson is a gaudy 115-5 when holding an opponent under 17 points. His defense, however, figures to be challenged when facing the nation’s No. 1 passing offense in Purdue.
Purdue’s young receivers will face a couple of experienced cornerbacks in seniors Jeff Gladney and Julius Lewis as they are known as some of the best in coverage corners in the country.
Linebackers and safeties are what Patterson typically builds his defense around. The challenge is Patterson lost experienced linebackers Ty Summers and Arrico Evans and 44 games of experience in graduated safety Niko Small.
Junior hybrid linebacker Garret Wallow is the top returning tackler. He’s joined by senior Montrel Wilson, who has played only 10 games the past three seasons because of injury.
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2018 TCU Record: 7-6, 4-5 Big XII
2018 TCU Postseason: Beat California 10-7 in the Cheez-It Bowl
TCU Head Coach: Gary Patterson, 20th season at TCU, 168-63 record, same overall CFB record (Fun Fact: Patterson has coached TCU in 4 different conferences, Big XII being the longest with it being TCU’s 8th season there)