and expectations high for the upcoming 2004 football season
John Ashley Menzies
Its Horned Frog football yall.
Thats at least what we like to say around here.
The Frogs came out of their fifth straight ten-win season.
They also made a slight dent in the armor of the Bowl
Championship Series by becoming the first school outside
of a BCS conference to break into the BCS rankings.
It was a special year, said TCU head football coach Gary
Its special anytime you can win ten games,
especially when they are tough games and you can get through
21 surgeries, Patterson said.
Injuries would be the theme of the 2003 season. TCU saw
players go down at practically every major position, including
losing starting quarterback Tye Gunn.
The Frogs leapt out to a perfect 10-0 record at the beginning
of the season with senior Brandon Hassel taking over for
Gunn after his injury.
It was exciting just being apart of it, Hassel
said. Watching how Fort Worth accepted everything
and how the crowds showed up.
But that was where the fairytale ended. The Frogs lost
a heartbreaker of a game in Hattiesburg, Miss., to the
Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi.
Even though the story was over, there were many moments
to remember from the season, Patterson said.
Really any of the five three-point games were memorable,
Patterson said. But the most special was losing
to Southern Miss, getting knocked out of the BCS and then
coming back and beating SMU. That was a real credit to
The Frogs concluded the season at No. 19 in the country
and even caused a stir by turning down an invitation to
the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Instead of playing in Mobile, Ala., again, the Frogs stayed
home and fell short in the first Plains Capital Fort Worth
Bowl to Boise State. TCU closed off the season with an
With the season behind them, TCU is poised and ready to
look toward next season. Senior safety Jeremy Modkins
said the defense is back and playing really well this
We came up a game short last season, Modkins
said. So, that just really motivates us to do more
TCU will open the new season Sept. 2 on ESPN against Northwestern.
Many people consider TCU a one-and-done and
think last season will be the last the nation hears about
the Horned Frogs. Patterson said he feels that is not
Well I dont know how anyone can say one and
done, Patterson said. Weve won 10 games
the last five years and have been in the top 25 the last
two years. Bottom line is, as a coach, right now our biggest
enemy is our self.
Hassel said fans can expect the same type of TCU football
they have gotten used to watching.
We just need to go out there every week and play
our hardest, Hassel said. Go out there and
put on a show and put up winning numbers like we have.
Patterson said its too early to see how the team
will perform but that the team is preparing and will be
ready for Northwestern in September.
We put a lot of work into what we do, Patterson
said. And everyone receives recognition for success.
It doesnt just go to the football team, but to the
Next season will be something to watch. CBS Sportsline
has TCU ranked No. 10 in the country in a pre-season poll,
so expectations are already high for this team.
Modkins said, Fans can expect a lot of excitement.
quarterback Brandon Hassell makes a run to gain
yards Dec. 23 at the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl.
The Frogs lost to Boise State 31-34.