The best Gary Patterson is an “agitated” Gary Patterson, and that could lead to good things for TCU, figures CBS studio analyst Rick Neuheisel.
“When he’s agitated is when he’s most dangerous,” Neuheisel said. “I think they’re going to put together a pretty darn good-looking team, especially early in the season before any injuries or attrition hit.”
Neuheisel made his comments Thursday during a teleconference with reporters to promote CBS’s coverage of SEC football, which premiers with TCU’s game at Arkansas on Sept. 9. Play-by-play voice Brad Nessler, analyst Gary Danielson and sideline reporter Allie LaForce are the broadcast team for the game.
Nessler, Danielson and Neuheisel spoke with reporters in the conference call.
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Here are their thoughts on TCU:
Neuheisel: “I think Gary Patterson’s one of the best in college football. He’s been there a long time. They know what his expectations are. I know he was amazingly disappointed in how they played defense a year ago. But when he’s agitated is when he’s most dangerous. So I think they’re going to put together a pretty darn good-looking team, especially early in the season before any injuries or attrition hit.
“Kenny Hill, we saw him at his best when he opened against South Carolina a few years back for the Aggies. He’s been at best inconsistent since that time. But certainly there’s enough in there to merit your thinking he’s going to take the next progression in a Sonny Cumbie offense. I think the Frogs are dangerous.”
Danielson: “I do, too. I agree with everything Rick said. I also want to add, with Sonny Cumbie coming in as an offensive coordinator, that’s the one guy I think has to have the discipline. He’s got a little bit of a flighty quarterback in Kenny Hill who sometimes is really hot and sometimes you watch him play and go, ‘Gaw, is he a guy that we can depend on week in and week out, quarter in and quarter out?’
“I think TCU fans, when I read about the games and was following last year, they want to run the ball more. They can attack running. And if Sonny uses a little bit more balance in that run game, I think Kenny Hill would be better, and I think even though their defense is a little bit undersized — I watched that game against Arkansas — Arkansas had to throw the ball on short yardage. Arkansas had a tough time blocking that front that I anticipate they’ll have a tough time blocking again. They are very active.”