TCU has nearly wrapped up their second week of fall camp which will culminate with a Saturday morning scrimmage. It will be the second scrimmage of the week for the Frogs and as Coach Gary Patterson puts it, there’s still plenty of work yet to be done.
Patterson wants to see good execution on both sides of the ball but most importantly, he wants his team to remain healthy.
“Stay healthy and see people act and do the things they’re supposed to do,” he said. “My vision of a scrimmage is everybody does their job and the only reason somebody gets beat is because one guy makes a better play than the other one; not because we broke down in coverage or somebody broke down in protection or somebody didn’t run the right assignment. It all comes down to everybody doing their job.”
Kohlhausen is battling for the 3rd QB spot
Patterson said earlier in the week that his special teams have to improve in every aspect. One area he definitely wants to see improvement on from a year ago is fumbled punts. Although he’s mentioned Trevone Boykin getting reps at returner, Patterson has never mentioned a starter.
He says multiple guys are vying for that spot.
“We’ve got three or four guys that can catch it,” he said of his punt returners. “Kevin White has been back there, Desmon White, Trevone Boykin, Cam (Cameron Echols-Luper) and Deante’ Gray has also been back there. We fumbled too many punts last year.”
There are still key position battles on both sides of the ball but none are bigger than the starting quarterback position. Patterson has stated all camp that the battle is a two man race between Boykin and Matt Joeckel.
Finding a third quarterback hasn’t been spoken of much until Friday.
Patterson gave a breakdown on how the rest of the quarterback unit could pan out heading into the season.
“It will probably be the walk-on (Bram Kohlhausen); him and Zach (Allen),” Patterson said of his third string QB. “Right now we’re at the stage where the two freshmen are going to redshirt unless something happens.”
On defense, Patterson is looking for depth at weak and strong safety. Two players are battling for the backup strong safety spot according to the coach.
“We really need the number two strong and weak to come on,” he said. “We’ve got Kenny Iloka, Travin (Howard) and Denzel (Johnson) are all in a battle for the number two spot.”
One of the biggest concerns heading into camp was the depth at corner. At the conclusion of spring, Kevin White and Ranthony Texada were the unquestioned starters but their backups were anything but certain. After two weeks, Patterson has been impressed with what he’s seen from the newcomers; two of which are freshmen.
Patterson likes what he sees from Mosley
“Torrance Mosley the last couple of days has looked good,” he said. “Nick Orr has been good; he’s running with the two’s. Corry O’Meally has been running with the two’s. Travoskey (Garrett) is in that three man mix.”
Seeing true freshmen in the mix has been a common theme for TCU teams the last two seasons. TCU tied for the nation lead in 2012 playing 17 true freshmen. Patterson says the number won’t be near as high as in year’s past, especially in 2012.
“It won’t be as much as that year,” Patterson said. “I had to play a quarter a game that year.”
Patterson has mentioned several players from the 2014 class through two weeks of practice. He continued to give praise to those newcomers on Friday.
“Austin Schlottmann has really done a good job,” he said. “Emanuel Porter and (Corey) McBride I’ve been really excited about. I think you’re going to see them before we get to October really come on.”
- Freshman receiver Emanuel Porter returned to practice on Friday as did defensive tackle Tevin Lawson.
- Junior tackle Aviante Collins has an injured foot and Patterson hopes he can return by the Frogs’ second game.