August 14, 2008

Frog practice report: 8/13

The TCU football team took to the Morris Practice fields Wednesday afternoon for the second of two practices on the day. The hour and a half session focused mainly on team drills and had some standouts on the day with equally impressive plays from both the offense and defense.

Coach Patterson visited with Purplemenace.com after practice to give his thoughts on the day's workout.

"Practice went good," Patterson said. "We put some things in offensively and defensively and I was pretty excited with how well both picked it up today and progressed."

MOVING UP

When it comes to walk-ons, TCU is no stranger to having such players compete and contribute in some form. Bart Johnson and Ryan Christian are two examples and another walk-on has made his presence known so far, plus he's a freshman. Defensive end Ross Forrest from Odessa Permian turned down offers from other programs for a chance to play at TCU. So far the move is paying off as Forrest worked exclusively with the second team on Wednesday and looked impressive.

While Coach Patterson says nothing's in stone, the freshman has certainly made an impression.

"He had a good scrimmage the other day," Patterson said. "Right now it's two-a-days and we got some guys banging around and we watch the film and guys are moving up. From now on, we're going to evaluate the film and move guys up and down, it may not be where they are but that's where they are today."

"What it is, he knows what he's doing and he plays hard. We know he's got to get bigger but a bunch of freshmen do."

TEJAY AT WEAK SAFETY

From the spring reports it was an everyday battle at the weak safety position with sophomore Tejay Johnson and junior Corderra Hunter. Patterson confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Johnson is his starter for now.

"Tejay right now is our starting weak safety," he said. "I had him play some free safety today to because I wanted Tekerrien Cuba to get some work. Corederra and Tekerrien got a lot of weak safety work."

TAKING ELEVEN?

One of the most consistent units from the fall drills thus far has been the receiving unit. Jimmy Young and Jeremy Kerley have had stellar camps and were on full display again Wednesday. Add in Bart Johnson and Walter Bryant among the starters and the Frogs have a lethal combination. As far as depth, the Frogs look even deeper with guys like Jonathan Jones, Curtis Clay, Antoine Hicks, and Alonzo Adams all making plays. Coach Patterson says all will be playing when the Frogs travel to Albuquerque in two weeks.

"We rotate so many receivers that they're all going to play," Patterson said. "We're going to play all eleven receivers that we'll take on the trip. That's what we do, we rotate a lot of receivers, kind of like we do defensive linemen."

SPECIAL TEAMS BATTLE

The Frogs held a kicking scrimmage Wednesday morning and from all accounts, both Ross Evans and Kevin Sharples struggled. In the afternoon workout, Evans missed from 36 yards in the red-zone drills. Sharples connected on a 35-yarder that would've been good from over 50. Evans bounced back and with a 34-yarder later in Both are neck and neck in the race for placekicker as Coach Patterson says it will likely go to the end.

"That will be a last week deal," Patterson said of who will start. "I'm watching both of them progress and both of them are young. For sure, Anson Kelton is our punter, he's really had a good camp. (Clint)Gresham has done a great job with snaps."

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