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October 16, 2013TCU coach Gary Patterson said his team has had a good couple days of practice, but one player isn't ready to play yet.
Senior quarterback Casey Pachall isn't ready to go yet and he won't suit up Saturday.
"He won't play in this ball game," Patterson said.
With that, fans are still clamoring to get redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews into the game, but he at least won't be starting Saturday.
"You don't put people in situations they aren't ready for," Patterson said. "If Tyler Matthews is ready to play and he plays, the key is that he has to play well. If not, you can break a kids' confidence when he's a freshman and you don't get it back. There's a maturity factor for whenever you put a freshman or redshirt freshman into the game."
Matthews has been getting as many reps as Boykin, but with the twos, and Patterson did say that at some point this year he wants to get Matthews some playing time to see if he can be successful.
"If something happens, you have to put him in and we'll see how it goes. Obviously, you hope for the best," Patterson said. "Andy (Dalton) was throwing three picks in a game as a freshman."
Patterson has been hesitant to go to Matthews because he doesn't want to ruin his confidence early on and impair his career going forward. He had similar concerns last year when he played so many freshmen.
"That was the worry we had last year by playing all the true freshman we did. You didn't hear me make any excuses or blast them because it's about growing up as a program," Patterson said. "We'll grow up. We've only got six or seven seniors that are playing a lot. It's not about just building this year, it's about moving forward and building confidence in the player, team, school, city."
Patterson has seen fans and media members talk about Trevone Boykin's play, but he doesn't place any blame for this perceived slow start on the sophomore.
"If you have a football team, you never pin it on one person. Fans do, media do, people do, but if you're a good football program, you never do," Patterson said. "Teams don't reward players by saying they won because of one guy or lost because of one guy. That's what fans and media do, it's not what coaches do. If you're little one starts a fire and burns down the house, you don't tell people the little one burned the house down. You have a family that is down a house and you have to build them one."
The coach says that if fans want to blame anyone, look no further than him.
"If someone wants to blame anyone, they can blame me. They ain't hurting me," "If we want to move forward as a program, as a university, we all have to do our part. That's the way championships are made."
It takes more than just the players and coaches to build a title contender. He can look back ito his playing days to an example to where when the fans and community gets behind a team, a winner can be born.
"When I was a player at Kansas State and Oklahoma and Nebraska came to town, fans sold their tickets and the stands were all red," Patterson said. "Coach (Bill) Snyder got hired and they don't allow red into the stadium. Now he's won Big 12 titles and everybody has to understand that its everyone's responsibility to get to where we want to get to."
If fans in Fort Worth can buy into this team the way that fans in Manhatten have bought in to Snyder's he sees success. If not, it could be a while before Patterson's plan of bringing a title to town comes to fruition.
"Or else we'll be like TCU and Fort Worth were for 30 or 40 years. It's not just my job, it's not just my players job. It's everybody's job to get to where we want to get to," Patterson said. "Sometimes things need to change, not just me, not just my team, everybody needs to change. We all need to understand."
Other practice notes
Patterson said Tuesday's practice was really good. Wednesday wasn't at where he wanted them to be at, but it wasn't bad on both sides of the ball.
"It was up and down on (offense) and we started slow (on defense)," Patterson said. "Wednesday is always blitz day, but we picked it up later on."
Geoff Hooker was put on scholarship last week and he is the first player Patterson has put on scholarship during the season.
"He's been in our two-deep, he's on special teams and make plays," Patterson said. "He knows what to do on defense. He's always one of those guys that is always making your team better. When a person gets to that point, you have to reward him."
Matt Brown isn't an emergency option at quarterback, but he does have a role on the team, including the holder. Ja'Juan Story isn't injured, just working to get into the system. Ty Slanina had a red jersey on during practice Tuesday, but is full good now and will play Saturday.
Brandon Carter and Cameron Echols-Luper returned punts in practice. Ranthony Texada is returning kicks, but coach wants to redshirt him as well as his high school teammate Cydney Calvin.