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17 Nights of Football: TCU

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TCU returns fifteen combined starters from last year and head coach Gary Patterson knows youth can't be used as an excuse this year.

"For us, being year two in the Big 12 and knowing a little more about it, we are buying less diapers--we aren't as young a football team as a year ago," said TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

Senior Casey Pachall was dismissed from the team after week four last year for substance abuse problems, but upon rehab completion, has re-joined the team and it appears time away has helped the pre-season All Big 12 quarterback.

"When he came back in the spring, to see the color in his face and to listen to him, having conversations we had never had before, I know we had done the right thing with Casey," said Patterson.

While Pachall was away, sophomore Trevone Boykin filled in admirably, showing flashes of greatness, giving the Horned Frogs another dimension behind center.

"He had an unbelievable spring to be honest with you, which bodes well for us for the future, especially at the quarterback position going forward," said Patterson.

TCU starts the season off with a bang, facing LSU at Cowboys Stadium; a statement game that already has the Horned Frogs jacked up.

"Oh man we cannot wait for the LSU game, that game will set the tone for the rest of our season," said Horned Frogs


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