Patterson, players prepare for UC Davis

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    Coming off a 17-7 win at Baylor, football head coach Gary Patterson talked about the team Tuesday following his weekly luncheon.Patterson and the Horned Frogs look to extend their current winnings, which is second in the nation behind the University of Texas, from 11 games to 12 against the University of California at Davis.

    “I don’t think our kids are overlooking UC Davis at all,” Patterson said. “This team, last year, beat Stanford, and all you’ve got to do is remind them about SMU. If you don’t come out to play every week, you’re going to get beat.”

    Patterson said he doesn’t plan on making any major changes, especially with the shortened week of practices, due to Sunday’s game at Baylor.

    “The only thing I want to change is to make sure that we play it better than we did a week ago,” Patterson said. “Some kids got to step up. We got to make plays just like we did a week ago, and we got to play four quarters.”

    One of the questions facing the Frogs as they enter practices this week is whether their starting quarterback Jeff Ballard, whose undefeated streak as a starter increased to 9-0 over the weekend, will return for UC Davis.

    Ballard left the Baylor game during halftime after sustaining a possible concussion, but Patterson said he is fine and should be back to practice this week.

    “It’s kind of like, if your back hurts, there’s no medical way to say whether they can practice,” Patterson said. “All I know is the freshman (quarterback Marcus Jackson) came in and played.”

    Patterson also said that wide receiver Michael Depriest, who sustained an injury during practice last week should be back in time for the Frogs to host the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

    And with UC Davis less than a week away, Patterson said he is happy with the offense’s progression shown during the Baylor game’s comeback, even with a new quarterback.

    “The thing I think I liked best about the whole situation was how our whole offense just took a step forward,” Patterson said.