March 10, 2012

Saturday practice report

Gary Patterson's negative impression of his defense, along with more injuries, continued to be the dominant story lines of spring practice on Saturday. Patterson said Casey Pachall and company dictated the pace of the day's scrimmage.

"The offense dominated. We turned the ball over too much on offense and defensively, we got all the fumbles," Patterson said. "But the bottom line is defensively we've got a long ways to go."

He said the offense went over, around and through a defense that has struggled to live up to TCU's high expectations on the defensive side of the ball, during a practice that was shortened 15 minutes due to thunder and lightning.

"Right now we're not very good. Period," Patterson said. "We'll give up about 50 points a game in the Big 12 if we play like we play today because I saw us give up 50 points today."

Another big blow could be the loss of one of the Frogs' starters on the offensive line, as Patterson said right tackle Tayo Fabuluje could be out for the spring with an injury suffered on Saturday. With a number of linemen out with injuries, Patterson said he is even more concerned.

"Right now our whole second offensive line is all walk-ons and the two's (on defense) probably gave up 30 points. If you can't defend walk-ons you're probably going to have a hard time. We don't differentiate, but the bottom line to it is we're just not very good on defense. It's as simple as that. Our freshmen that are coming in here better understand that they're going to be playing."

The depth chart saw linebacker Danny Heiss move in front of Deryck Gildon, Chris Hackett jump Elisha Olabode at free safety, and Geoff Hooker leapfrog Jonathan Anderson at weak safety.

"(Hooker) had the best spring. He ran a 4.5 and he went up unbelievably," Patterson said. "He had a good offseason and he's having a good spring. Usually they go hand in hand."

Patterson did point to one defensive player who had a good day: cornerback Jason Verrett.

"He's playing better than he did a year ago. He's probably the one guy on defense that's playing the way we need him to."

The Horned Frogs took the red jerseys off quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Matt Brown during Saturday's practice because they didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough, Patterson said.

"They could run it and they were live, because we felt like they were holding onto the ball too long in the pocket and also they weren't reading the read option the way they needed to. They found out a couple times if they made mistakes today."

Patterson did say he was impressed with the athleticism of both.

Pro Day
Defensive end Braylon Broughton helped himself at TCU's Pro Day on Friday, Patterson said. Broughton measured at 6-foot-4 and 257 pounds before he ran a 4.59 40-yard dash.

"I think people will look at him. He has all the dimensions that somebody I think will give him a chance maybe in the late rounds or as a free agent."

Patterson also said he thought cornerback Greg McCoy, who ran in the 4.3s, and tight end Logan Brock could get a look at the next level as a result of their performances.

- Strong safety James Bailey missed Saturday's practice with turf toe.

- Receiver Cam White sat out Saturday's practice and should return Monday.

- Weak safety Quincy Aldridge will probably be out for the rest of the spring.

- Right tackle Bobby Thompson is still out.

- Defensive end Matt Anderson and left guard Michael Thompson continue to rehab injuries.

- Left tackle Carter Wall is out for the rest of the spring.

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