Frog scout

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

TCU Coach Gary Pat­ter­son, whose Horned Frogs will serve as the op­po­nent in Arkansas’ on­cam­pus opener Sept. 9, is happy with the of­fen­sive staff he’s as­sem­bled.

Pat­ter­son hired for­mer Louisiana Tech and Cal coach Sonny Dykes as his of­fen­sive an­a­lyst to help co-co­or­di­na­tors Sonny Cumbie, who coaches quar­ter­backs, and Cur­tis Lu­per, who han­dles run­ning backs. The other of­fen­sive staff mem­bers are in­side re­ceivers coach Jar­rett An­der­son, out­side re­ceivers coach Rusty Burns and of­fen­sive line coach Chris Thom­sen.

“I’ve never had as much ex­pe­ri­ence in my of­fen­sive room any­where in my 35 years,” Pat­ter­son said. “Ev­ery­body in the room is a co­or­di­na­tor on of­fense. Ev­ery­one has been a co­or­di­na­tor or a head coach.”

A de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist, Pat­ter­son said the of­fen­sive staff has a frame­work in which to op­er­ate, and he doesn’t mi­cro-man­age.

“They don’t need my help in there,” he said. “I’ve given them some guide­lines. I don’t care what it looks like as long as it scores points, moves the ball and doesn’t turn the ball over. I’m pretty sim­ple when it comes to that.”

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