Scoring touchdowns usually starts with getting the ball to playmakers. In most offenses, those are your running backs and wide receivers.
Gary Patterson realizes this. He also realizes his team needs to find a way to do more of it before the Horned Frogs open up Sept. 8 against Grambling State. For TCU, that starts with getting the receivers more involved.
“One of the things we have to do in scrimmages is we have to move people around and get the ball in the hands of Ladarius Brown, and Brandon Carter and Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson,” Patterson said Tuesday after the Frogs’ practice inside the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.
Last year, Boyce led the team in receiving yards (998), receptions (61) and touchdowns (9). The junior also was a first team all-Mountain West selection and last month was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list for the nation’s top wide receiver. But while Boyce is likely the Frogs’ primary weapon at receiver, he isn’t their only option.
Dawson, a senior, was second on the team in yards, receptions and touchdowns last season and has made starts the past two years. And Carter, a true sophomore, proved to be a deep threat in his first year on campus. Last November, against Boise State, Carter had 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 25-yard score up over the top of a Bronco defender which set TCU up for an eventual go-ahead two-point conversion.
Brown, a 6-foot-4, 220 pound redshirt freshman, provides the Frogs with a bigger body at the position.
“[Brown] has great size, great speed,” Patterson said.
Now, it’s just a matter of finding a way to mix the experience and talent of the receiving corps into the offense as much as possible.
“Those are the things we’ve got to start doing in the next three weeks that our offense has to work out to get the ball in the hands of our playmakers,” Patterson said.
Transfers could make impact in 2013
The team announced Tuesday the addition of transfer wide receiver Ja’Jaun Story, who spent last year at Florida. Story will sit out this season and have three years of eligibility remaining starting next year.
Story adds to a solid list of transfers the Frogs received over the offseason, including Aaron Green, a running back from Nebraska who originally was a five-star recruit out of San Antonio. Having that kind of talent helps on the practice field even if the transfers won’t make an impact on the playing field for another season, Patterson said.
“I wish I could play with my practice squad,” Patterson said. “We’ve got some really great players who are going to have to wait until next spring to really add to the team. For us, they give us good guys that can actually go out and play with the ones and twos.”