April 3, 2012

Tuesday practice report

TCU held its final scrimmage of the spring on Tuesday and overall, Frogs coach Gary Patterson seemed pleased with what he saw.

There were some miscues, according to Patterson, but overall things went well and most importantly there were no injuries.

"Really, it was pretty good. I judge this one by - everybody walked off the field. "We went about 80 plays - the ones, twos and threes."

Last week, Patterson indicated Trevone Boykin and Matt Brown would get the majority of the reps on Tuesday and elaborated on the pair after practice.

"All three of them (Tyler Matthews included) had a turnover so we are still working on it," Patterson said. "We won't know until about 10, 11, 12 practices into two-a-days (who the backup QB will be). You get through the teaching stage and then we'll have two big scrimmages and by that time I'll have to decide on one - we won't have any other choice."

As he has said before, Patterson has been pleased with the work ethic and performance of his receivers and said the defense has benefitted greatly from their performance.

"Both sides of the ball have been competing. We've gotten better because of the speed of the wide outs. ," Patterson said. "We weren't handling them at the beginning of the spring and we are doing a better job of that.

"They run well enough that if you make a mistake, you get beat for a touchdown. The (third string) gave up a long touchdown and the two's gave one up in the red zone. Ones didn't give up one - as far as over their head. (The defense) made the offense earn everything."

While Patterson said he has been pleased with several positions, one he is keeping his eye on is the defensive ends.

"We've got to keep going and we've got to keep getting a better pass rush," he said. "We are hoping that the four young ones coming in and Matt Anderson coming back at the right end, which he is our speed guy, will give us more depth and give us some more athletic ability there.

"I think at least two of those four young ones will push the older guys for positions."

Practicing against the Pistol

On several occasions this spring, Patterson had eluded to the Frogs practicing against Air Force's offense. He talked some more on Tuesday on why they have been using that during practice.

"What Air Force was is all Pistol stuff- Pistol running game," he said. "The reason we do Air Force is we have a half-line option drill that allows us to get reps at that. It's not that it prepares us for the Big 12.

"It doesn't prepare you for the passing game you are going to see in that…What it does help us (with) is it helps safeties and corners with their eyes play-action wise.

"We were doing some stuff against what we call 12-personnel today," Patterson continued. "The two tight ends that Kansas State does that we've got to be able to line up and play because they run power with their quarterbacks."

Patterson said it could potentially help with other practices and programs.

"There's similarities," he said. "Texas Tech - Dana (Holgorsen) was there at Texas Tech, which was like Louisiana Tech. Oklahoma State and West Virginia are a lot alike because Dana Holgorsen was at both of them.

"Everybody calls things different. Kansas State is different because of the way they run the quarterback," Patterson continued. "And then you know, Oklahoma and all of those guys are no-huddle and fast paced."

Practice notes

- Freshman WR Kolby Listenbee is sidelined

- Patterson said OL Michael Thompson has been practicing and Anderson is "getting closer" to being back.

- Fort Worth Southwest's Wesley Harris and Robbie Rhodes attended practice on Tuesday as did the Frogs' newest commit - Denton Guyer offensive lineman Patrick Morris

- Patterson said Kevin White has "come a long way" at cornerback and that Trevsokey Garrett and Keivin Gamble "have got to keep coming." Patterson also said both were better now than when spring practice started.

- Patterson said the kicking game and punt game has come a long way

- Jason Verrett gives the team "a lot different (kind of) animal." Patterson also said that while Verrett struggled the three or four games after the Boise State game, he has "fought forward" and has performed admirably

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