TCU football treats fans to final spring practice


    TCU football fans received free t-shirts and posters with the phrase “Amp It Up,” as music blared across Amon G. Carter Stadium for the football team’s final spring scrimmage.

    “We made the music really loud,” head football coach Gary Patterson said. “We wanted to make sure that you couldn’t hear coach talk.”

    Thousands of fans gathered to watch the TCU offense play the defense on a chilly Saturday that seemed to mimic fall football weather.

    The football team has held open practices in the past, but not a “full-fledged spring game,” athletic media relations director Mark Cohen said.

    “I want to see what guys would act like when they got in front of a crowd,” Patterson said.

    Sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin was not shy to get into the music, as he danced on the sidelines in between plays.

    While quarterbacks Tyler Matthews and Zach Allen had the opportunity to show off on the field along with Boykin, the game belonged to the defense.

    Safety Kenny Iloka scored the only touchdown of the day off a fumble recovery, while quarterbacks struggled to make completions.

    Iloka, whose brother George plays safety for the Cincinnati Bengals, joined the Frogs this semester after transferring from Tyler Junior College.

    “I didn’t feel real good about today, as far as offensively,” Patterson said, “and I don’t think they did either.”

    Despite a rough practice, fans remained enthusiastic about the team.

    Long-time fan Jim Vaughan, known as “Frog Daddy,” arrived fully clad in a purple suit, matched with a purple hat and curly black and purple hair.

    Vaughan said he thinks the team looks faster and mentally sharper.

    Senior history major Tyler Thornburg said he remains “carefully optimistic” about the team.

    “I don’t want to jinx anything, but we look pretty good on defense,” Thornburg said.

    Despite being unable to go to a bowl game in the 2013 season, senior communication studies major Garrett Hornsby said a bowl game is in store for TCU this time around.

    “Any time there’s Horned Frog football, I’m always there, always paying attention,” Hornsby said. “I love it.”