Offense betters defense in Tuesday scrimmage

Offense betters defense in Tuesday scrimmage

TCU head coach Gary Patterson says his offense moved the ball well on Tuesday.

TCU fans have just over two weeks before they get a glimpse of the new high-octane offense the Frogs are set to unveil on August 30th in their season opener against Samford.

In the meantime, they’ve relied on nuggets that head coach Gary Patterson provides in his weekly meetings with members of the media. Fans will be happy with what the coached passed along on Wednesday.

The Frogs held another scrimmage on Tuesday and according to the coach the offense got the better of his defense; especially in the red zone. The offense scored on nearly every possession of the drill which is a very rare occurrence against a Patterson-coached defense.

However, the defense returned the favor at Wednesday’s practice.

Boykin performed well in Tuesday's scrimmage

“We scored five out six times; three were touchdown passes,” Patterson said of Tuesday’s scrimmage. “We had a lot better day moving the football; we played well in the red zone. The defense did not play well in the red zone. Today the defensive got after them.”

Patterson didn’t single out any particular players on the defense and gave credit to the offensive skill players for making plays. If anything, Patterson blamed himself for the scoring onslaught.

“They made plays; they did a good job,” he said of the offense. “I did a poor job of calling if you want to know the truth. They sped up and I didn’t do a good enough job getting our guys in position.”

With hopes of naming the starting quarterback by the end of the week, Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack according to Patterson. Now the question remains; have they started to separate themselves from one another.

Patterson admitted one stood out above the other in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

“Trevone probably had a better day yesterday; he was 12-of-14 with one touchdown and Joeckel was 12-of-18 but he also threw two touchdown passes,” Patterson said.

Defensively, Patterson said he would still like to see more consistency from his linebacker unit. For now, Marcus Mallett, Paul Dawson and Jonathan Anderson remain the top three and are in a battle for the top two starting positions. As for depth, Patterson said freshman Ty Summers is still coming along.

“They were okay; we need them to play better,” Patterson said of his linebackers performance on Tuesday. “Ty Summers hit a wall yesterday. But Ty has come on; he did some things today and he understands more.”

One position Patterson said is getting more of a role this camp is tight end; which should be music to fans’ ears. Patterson admitted it was tough to teach the new scheme to the tight ends with few practices in the spring but they’re getting more involved now.

“They’ve got roles and it is fun to watch,” he said. “With fifteen practices it was hard to do as much in the spring. But here, we’ve got them a lot more involved.”

The Frogs will hold another scrimmage this Saturday which Patterson says they will be looking at several things to improve upon. More particularly, Patterson wants to see better performances from his special teams after a lackluster performance on Tuesday.

“Special teams have to get better than what we saw yesterday,” he said. “We’ve got to be a lot smarter.”

ANOTHER FRESHMAN MAKING A SPLASH

Several freshmen have impressed Patterson and Co. through nearly two weeks of practices and the coach said on Wednesday that another will likely see playing time this season; offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann.

The big 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was regarded as one of the top lineman in the state for the 2014 class and recently made a move to center. Patterson noted that they recruited Schlottmann as a center and said he’ll play both guard and center this season.

Schlottmann is the backup at center

“Schlottmann has a chance to play this year; he’ll be in the two-deep,” Patterson said. “Patrick (Morris) is the number three. Brady (Foltz) and Schlottmann will be playing both guard and center. That’s what we recruited him as. We had him in camp and he did all of that stuff for us.”

FRESHMAN WALK-ON GETTING NOTICED

It appears the Frogs tradition of finding walk-on players will continue this season with Daniel Walsh making a big impression on the coaches. The sophomore receiver from San Diego was recently moved from the scout team to a starting role on kickoffs.

“He’s done an unbelievable job on the scout team special teams,” Patterson said. “We moved him over to our starting kickoff. We haven’t blocked him for two weeks.”

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