Getting Barber back could be huge.
With the bad news of Lewis still out, there could be some good news for the Frogs on offense with the return of two players. Patterson noted that he expects sophomore receivers Mikel Barkley and Taye Barber to play this week. Barkley was the talk of fall camp before sustaining an injury a week and a half out from the season opener. Barber played in the opener against UAPB, but only in the first half.
“I think Mikel has an opportunity to be back, him and Taye, this week. Which would be big for our offense,” he said.
The offense had some explosive plays against UAPB, but with the addition of Barkley and Barber, the offense could have even more explosive plays. However, Patterson noted that the defense the Frogs are facing will be tougher this week.
“They’re (explosive plays) also going to come back when Barber gets fully healthy, and when Mikel gets back. Explosive players make explosive plays, but we still need to run the ball better. They’re going to be a lot bigger and more physical up front, we’re going to have to handle the pass rush. They blitzed a lot more in this last ballgame.”
GP did say something about knowing “the guy” and how he works, with a wink and a smile.
According to The Advocate, Orgeron the team brought cooling fans for the locker room on the trip after claiming that Louisiana Tech — Texas’ Week 1 opponent — tipped the Tigers that there wouldn’t be any air-conditioning.
Texas, however, responded with a statement from athletic director Chris Del Conte — previously TCU’s athletic director from 2009-2017 — refuting Orgeron’s claim about the conditions of the visitors’ locker room.
”The comment about the lack of air conditioning in our visiting locker room is the first we’ve heard of any issues in that area,” Del Conte said in the statement. “We provide one of the best visitor setups available and are proud in the efforts we put forth in hosting our guests .... we’ve confirmed that the air conditioning in our visiting locker room is in good working order.”
It’s a stellar group.
Shannon Brazzell (2000, football): A two-time team captain who played linebacker. He had a team-high 98 tackles and four forced fumbles in 1999, and then was a first-team All-WAC selection in 2000. He remains active in the TCU and North Texas community through his Be a Blessing Foundation.
Tony Jeffery (1987, football): TCU’s leading rusher in 1985, 1986 and 1987, who finished his career with 3,749 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns. He was selected by the then-Phoenix Cardinals in the 1988 NFL Draft, and also played for the New York/ New Jersey Knights in the World League of American Football.
Jill Sutton-Dodd (2001, women’s basketball): A three-time All-WAC selection (1998, 1999 and 2001) who helped lead the Frogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001.
In case you’re looking for tips for your next tailgate.
In “The Texas Tailgate Cookbook: Menus, Secrets & Strategies to Elevate Your Party Game” ($5.99, 114 pages), veteran Texas food writer June Naylor Harris and husband Marshall K. Harris share more than 50 of their favorite game day recipes.
The Fort Worth authors host impressive tailgate get-togethers before TCU home games with anywhere from 30-60 guests invited.