TCU set to begin spring football with 2 new assistants

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday February 19, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on February 19, 2013

When TCU opens up spring practice on Thursday, it will do so with two new assistant coaches.

Former Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper takes over the wide receivers, while former Kansas assistant DeMontie Cross will coach the linebackers.

The two coaches replace Trey Haverty and Randy Shannon.  Haverty left for the safeties / special teams coordinator job at Texas Tech, while Shannon opted to join the Arkansas staff as the linebackers coach.

Patterson, who turned 53 last week, is set to begin his 13th year as the TCU head coach.

In his first 11 seasons as the Horned Frogs' head coach, Patterson had 31 players drafted with 65 in NFL camps.

Luper will be charged with the task of increasing the production of a wide receiver unit that loses Josh Boyce, the leading touchdown receiver in TCU history.

After a 7-6 campaign in 2012, Patterson is ready to get started.

The Horned Frogs ended the season with two losses - a 24-17 defeat to Oklahoma and 17-16 defeat to Michigan State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Couple that, with the fact that TCU opens the 2013 season against LSU, Patterson shouldn't have any issues motivating his players this spring.

Here's a short compilation of Gary Patterson's important quotes from his Signing Day presser:

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