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  TCU coach Gary Patterson took great pride in seeing five players selected in the NFL draft last week, including multiple first-round picks for the first time since 1939. But Patterson also acknowledged the disappointment in finishing with a losing record with all that talent. The Horned Frogs went just 5-7 in 2019, missing bowl eligibility for just the third time in Patterson's 19 seasons. "From my standpoint, we were No. 1 in defense (in the Big 12), but we underachieved," Patterson said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. Coach is as disappointed as anyone. How'd TCU football go 5-7 with 5 NFL draft picks? Coach is as disappointed as anyone.

There's a number of factors people can point to for the disappointing season: The Horned Frogs were just 1-6 in one-score games. They went through the expected growing pains of starting a true freshman quarterback in Max Duggan. And, the team battled injuries, including one of those NFL talents - right tackle Lucas Niang - missing the final five games. Duggan also battled a finger injury the final four games. The list goes on, but Patterson isn't big on excuses. However, he acknowledged the challenges of winning at this level with an inexperienced quarterback. "You look across the nation, look at who played with a true freshman quarterback, who had a great year? If they did, congratulations to them," Patterson said. "From our standpoint, we're disappointed. (In six of the seven losses), we had a chance to come down and score to tie or win. At the end of the day, we didn't. "It's my job and that's why we tweaked the things that we did." - Fort Worth Star

(DS#10 OT) Sr/2020 OT Lucas NiangTexas Christian
News Source: Fort Worth Star



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