By Tommy Smith
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson kicked off the Horned Frogs third season as a member of the Big 12 Conference by addressing the media for about 23 minutes.
Despite a disappointing 2013 season, Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year selection Devonte Fields already separated from the University with off-field troubles and as many as five quarterbacks that must be assessed, Patterson was his usually upbeat and candid self throughout the press conference.
Along with finding a number one signal caller, TCU will have to find a replacement for conerback, Jason Varrett, who was an NFL first round draft choice in May. Patterson pointed out the depth at those positions on what he called his oldest team since the 2010 Rose Bowl season in which they beat Wisconsin in the program’s biggest game in history.
Texas A&M transfer and fifth year Senior quarterback Matt Joeckel is the most experienced of the guys who hope to be calling plays, but Patterson said the first two weeks of practice will give everyone a chance to show what they can do.
“We don’t know who the starting QB is going to be,” Patterson said. “After two weeks in camp we will narrow it down, but right now the best guy for the job will win it.”
Trevone Boykin has shouldered much of the quarterback load since being forced into the lineup as a freshman in 2012. The Frogs Junior QB at the time, Casey Pachall was suspended from the team until 2013. After an arm injury left Pachall out most of his senior year Boykin again carried the load but TCU finished (4-8, 2-7).
Joeckel mentioned the hunger to return the frogs to prominence as one of the motivating factors leading to Johnny Manziel’s two-year back up to trek north to Forth Worth.
“There are a lot of hungry guys on this team,” Joeckel said. “If you walked into TCU on any given day, you would know that the people on this team want to win. Coach Patterson is intense and everyone on this team wants to give each other and the fans a good year.”
TCU begins their attempt at giving the purple faithful at Amon G. Carter Stadium that wish August 30th, against Samford at 6PM CDT.