August 11, 2008
Frogs return to two-a-days
Coach Patterson didn't have his voice this afternoon but his players still know the drill. The Horned Frog general demands respect and performance from his players and they know what's expected of them as TCU football players. After a scrimmage Saturday that revealed a tired football team, Sunday came and rejuvenated the Frogs. With a date with the New Mexico Lobos looming on the horizon, the Frogs were back at it today and the intensity was right where you would expect a Gary Patterson coached team to be.
"We used these two practices today to get ready for the scrimmage tomorrow" coach Patterson said. "The key for us is the younger players. Our two's and three's need to get better if we want to win a championship."
With the Frogs battling each other on a daily basis, you know the players have to be chomping at the bit to face an actual opponent. Coach Patterson knows this but he keeps the intensity up during practice by never letting his guys relax. As the practices wear on, the senior leadership is beginning to play out as well. Players like Robert Henson, Stephen Hodge and Steven Coleman are beginning to get in the younger players faces and demand that they perform to TCU's level. They are also leading by example on the field. Coach Patterson touched on his players performance Saturday and what he expects to see more of.
"After watching film, I don't think we had bad intensity during the scrimmage, I think we were just a tired football team. We had gone through X amount of practices and after we watched it we just saw that some people have to get better. Most of the guys that we're talking about are guys that haven't played much before" said Patterson.
The week ahead will be filled with players continuing to grind and get better. They will begin getting ready for New Mexico soon after that. The coaching staff has already worked on and discussed the game plan for the Lobos. Now comes the teaching and preparation part of things for the football team.
"We've talked about New Mexico quite a bit but we won't really start preparing until after practice number sixteen" said Patterson.
Although expectations around the country may not be as high as they are coming out of the TCU camp, the Frogs know that they can only control one thing. It's something that coach Patterson preaches to his players.
"We've got to make sure TCU's the best team we can be right now".
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