The lunch began with a standing ovation for Danny Morrison. He is still with us for the next few weeks apparently. He said that the AD job at TCU is one of the best in the country in one of the best cities in the country. Then Brian Estridge got up and introduced the two players who made it to the lunch, Anson Kelton and Jake Kirkpatrick, and then GP took the stage.
Overall he was very positive and said that he was very glad that our fans got to see a good win because we had to wait one extra week than the rest of the country to see some football. He said the defense has a lot of growing up to do, but he is excited about the offense and the score could have been very much more one sided last week had they been clicking the whole game. Here are some more highlights of his talk:
- About our non-conference schedule Patterson said that these first four games are four of the hardest non-conference games we have had in a few years.
- About Texas State, we have to be careful with these type of teams, just look at William and Mary v. Virginia. If you are not prepared then you will loose. Also said that they have two young coaches who know how we work just as much as an ex-wife, meaning alot.
- He was asked about Kerley and he said that we need to get him the ball as often as we can
- He was also asked about our young secondary and he seemed to have some restrained confidence. When you are playing your 4th, 5th, and 6th guys on the depth chart from last year you have some worries, but overall they did well against Virginia minus those last two minutes. He also said that if you look at our linebacking group Washington is the only senior, and all the rest are sophomores and freshman which is really exciting for the future.
- Another question was on the hit on Jimmy Young which was called a penalty for hitting a defenseless player. GP said that if you look at each guy on the field, they are all defenseless most of the time and that when the NCAA changes a rule to try and protect the players, they tend to overdo it more than necessary. He added that football is a physical game played by physical people for about three hours and people are going to get hit, thats just how it is.
- He finished with a note about home game attendance. He said that all he needs are the true fans that have been coming to games and will come every week no matter what. But he added, for recruiting purposes, having a packed football stadium is essential to getting top talent. Not only is it good for recruiting, but we play at a higher level when the stadium is rocking with a large crowd (i.e. Tech in '06 and BYU last year). To win a national title is more about the players and the coaches, it is about every fan and everybody in the program. We just have to climbing that mountain.