Submitted by Nick Kosmider on October 18, 2012 - 5:22pm
Our blog series "The Other Side" continues this week with five questions for TCU beat writer Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Without further ado, let's get to the Stefan's responses ...
TCU got off the mat in a big way with a blowout win over Baylor last week. I know the Horned Frogs feel like they have a lot to prove during their first year in the Big 12, but are they even more determined to do that against the other schools in Texas?
I would say that goes without saying. Although the Frogs have played some of these Big 12 teams over the years, these meetings are always going to be about proving something against their neighbors and rivals.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin looked like he made a major improvement from start one to start two. How confident is the coaching staff in the redshirt freshman's ability to perform for this team at a high level the rest of the season?
They have a lot of confidence in him. But that was true even before the Baylor game. He's looked great in practice since he joined the team last year. He's a gifted runner and underrated passer. He's got a very strong arm and was especially accurate against Baylor. His first start against Iowa State really came down to two bad decisions that are not uncommon with young QBs. His first pass of the game was an ill-advised throw over the middle towards five Iowa State players. Later, he tried to beat a rush with a quick pass and paid for it when the defensive lineman knocked it down, caught it and returned it for a score. Take those two plays away and TCU probably is 6-0 right now. Lesson learned for Boykin.
TCU's rush defense is ninth in the country, just a few spots ahead of Texas Tech. Who are the players who have really stepped up to make that unit thrive against the run?
True freshman Devonte Fields has been a beast on the right edge and leads the Big 12 in sacks and tackles for a loss. Left end Stansly Maponga was injured against Baylor and did not play in the second half. Gary Patterson earlier this week that Maponga will be a game-time decision Saturday. Interior linemen Davion Pierson, David Johnson, Jon Lewis and Chuck Hunter have all had their moments.
Texas Tech and Seth Doege pass just about as much as anybody in the country. What has TCU coach Gary Patterson said his team has to do to best limit the Red Raider passing attack?
Get an effective, consistent pass rush, for starters. TCU was able to get Nick Florence out of his comfort zone last week and forced him into a couple bad decisions. The Frogs intercepted four passes and at least two came as the result of Florence trying to force a pass when throwing out of bounds or eating the ball would have been smarter.
Chad Glasgow, the TCU safeties coach, was the Tech defense coordinator last season. Do he or Patterson think Glasgow's tenure at Tech will add any additional insight to what the Red Raiders try to do Saturday?
Patterson said neither team has an upper hand, that Tech knows as much about TCU's 4-2-5 defensive scheme as Glasgow knows about Tech's offense. I'd lean towards TCU having a slight edge in this matter. But the Tech offense has likely been altered enough (not counting any surprises Tommy Tuberville may try to use) since the 2011 season that I don't know if either team really has an edge.