TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday that his defense will have to play disciplined when it opens its home schedule Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana at 11 a.m.
Patterson said the Lions’ offensive playbook is diverse, and that they force defensive players to do their jobs.
“They score a lot of points,” Patterson said. “They do things that a defense like ours doesn’t like. They make everybody be assignment-oriented.”
Southeastern uses a spread attack that gains yardage in a number of ways. The Lions spread the field with a number of receivers, Patterson said, but can then run the ball using the option. QB Brian Bennett, a transfer from Oregon, ran for 106 yards and three rushing touchdowns last week against Southeast Missouri.
“These guys do it all,” Patterson said. “Every formation known to man. And then some.”
Patterson said he is taking Southeastern, an FCS team, very seriously. The coach would not even answer a question on the possibility of getting playing time for younger players. He said you can’t assume that the score will be lopsided enough to do that.
“I got beat by Northwestern State [in my first home game as head coach],” Patterson said. “You don’t even ask me that question. That was a question I was asked that week too.”
Former TE Griffin Gilbert has been moved to wide receiver and will be used as a big target on the inside, Patterson said.
S Elisha Olabode has been dealing with an unspecified injury since two-a-days, according to Patterson, but he is healthier now than he has been in three weeks. Patterson said Tuesday that Olabode’s injury affected the defensive game plan against LSU.
Patterson also said Wednesday that Freshman WR Ty Slanina hurt his ankle against the Tigers, but is still practicing.