Posted on August 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM
FORT WORTH, TX - TCU head coach Gary Patterson will have his team back on the practice field on Thursday, starting the process of getting his players motivated for a long season.
"You know a man without a plan, doesn't have a future," Patterson said at a Thursday press briefing.
Seven months have passed since the Horned Frogs beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. This is a different year and a different season with a lot of new players who are being challenged by Patterson. Fourteen starters will have to be replaced.
"Does TCU want to go back and win a championship, do they want to go back and get back to a BCS game this year?" Patterson says. I'm more interested right now in attitude, chemistry and accountability, and the second part of it the code of purple which is talking about toughness and where we want to get to."
This is TCU's seventh and final season in the Mountain West Conference. They lost 26 seniors to graduation last year. That should make the follow up year to last year's perfect 13-0 season that much more interesting.
"If we have leadership, we'll achieve what we want to achieve," Patterson says.
Casey Pachall is the leading candidate to replace Andy Dalton at Quarterback who was drafted by the Bengals as the 35th pick in the second. The red shirt sophomore from Brownwood admits he's not that outspoken yet but plans to change.
"Last year there were a lot of vocal leaders, especially Andy and a few receivers and so stepping into that position," Pachall says. "I really have to be a little more vocal than I have been in the past. I feel I may need to be a little more vocal and just to get some people going who normally would need a little encouraging, things like that."
To be honest with you, one of the guys our guys are really excited about is Trevone Boykin," Patterson says."The one guy who showed a lot of leadership in a short period of time being around our players is the true freshman coming in. I'm one of those guys that, I don't care who plays." Boykin played high school football at West Mesquite.
"Andy, he was more of a lead by example kind of guy and Casey I'm sure will be the same way," says TCU linebacker Tank Carder."It's just a different team as it is every year.
Twelve players from last year's team are currently in NFL camps. That's a lot of lost experience but that's not Patterson's only concern.
"You've got 23 new freshmen, you've got younger players, you've a stadium being built, you've a weight room to be built, you've got a locker room going to be built, you need to finalize the money to make sure it's all paid for," Patterson says."I really haven't gotten out of that mode. I didn't go away and recharge, but the other side of it is, I also don't feel like I missed any of the little things."
And that sounds like a man who is focused on his job of rebuilding a football team.