With TCU football hosting its first full-pad practice of the spring earlier on Thursday, coach Gary Patterson appears to be in good spirits.
But it’s not necessarily because of what he saw on the field from his players, per se.
2018 has a bit of a different look for the Horned Frogs when it comes to spring practice – at least in terms of the responsibility and stress that Patterson has to handle.
Per the Fort Worth-Star Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson, Patterson said after practice that staffing changes during the offseason have allowed him to be more rested and in a “better place” than previous years.
Changes include moving assistant coach Chad Glascow, a 17-year veteran under Patterson, from safeties to linebackers. Other moves include the promotion of Jeremy Modkins from defensive analyst to corner backs coach, and the return of DeMontie Cross — now as Director of Player Personnel. Cross previously served as an assistant coach at TCU from 2013-2015, coaching linebackers for his first two years before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2015.
And the result? According to Stevenson, Patterson is perhaps a little more lighthearted than he used to be during practices:
“Really now I’ve been able to be more rested and probably have a lot better sense of humor. I’m going to be able to see things a little bit differently.” — Gary Patterson.
Patterson is entering his 18th full season as the team’s coach after being named to the position in December 2000. He has led the Horned Frogs to double-digit victories three times alone since TCU joined the Big 12 Conference in time for the 2012 season.
Just more than two weeks remain until TCU hosts its annual spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 7. The game will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth — the fans’ first in-person look at a Horned Frogs squad with more than its fair share of changes on both sides of the ball.
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