Patterson happy with practice, says team still focused

TCU football head coach Gary Patterson was pleased with his team’s effort at their Friday practice.

The Frogs practiced in helmets and shorts for just a little over an hour. In 100 degree weather, Patterson was pleased with how his players focused, despite the heat.

“Some good, some bad,” Patterson said.

With no game scheduled for this weekend, TCU is simulating what the coaches are calling a “mock weekend.”

Patterson said his team will simulate everything as if it were a normal game-day.  That includes riding on the team bus, walkthroughs, pre-game warm-ups and team meetings.

Patterson said his team will continue to meet until 9 p.m. Friday and will have obligations until 3 p.m. on Saturday as well.

TCU is one of just a handful of college football teams to not play this Saturday. The last time the Frogs had a bye in week one was 2009.

Despite the extra week of pre-season practice, Patterson said his team remains focused on their own development.

After three days of full-contact practice this week, the challenge for the players now becomes “getting their legs back under them,” according to Patterson.

He specifically mentioned that linebacker Antonio Graves who was recently declared academically eligible, still needs more repetitions on the field.  

Patterson Superstitious about Frog Walk

TCU will add a pre-game ritual this year called the Frog Walk.

The Frog walk consists of a pre-game walk for the players through the fans in front of the east side entrance of Amon G. Carter stadium. 

Patterson said he is superstitious about the new routine.

“To be honest, I am kind of superstitious,” Patterson said. “We are going to see if we can win with it.”

Lastly, the entire TCU football team will take part in their annual “Meet the Frogs” event on Saturday at Daniel Meyer Coliseum.  Doors will open at 12:30 according to TCU’s athletics website.