You've done what was needed these first three games. You've had some nice tune-ups for conference play and now we get to the meat of the schedule--our Conference Championship run.
I know--hell, everybody knows--we've got injuries on defense that loom large. But you youngster, who I saw way too much trepidation in Saturday, need to keep one thing in mind--if Gary Patterson didn't think you could cut it--if he didn't think you had the stuff required to make this team great--you wouldn't be here. You keep learning and doing what you've been taught with fight, courage and heart, and we'll be fine.
The rest of you--seniors, returning starters, returning players—this season rides on your shoulders. The young guys are looking to you for leadership and direction. Teach 'em up and encourage 'em. This is going to be a hard year--but whether it's a successful one or not depends almost entirely on you. You help teach these kids how to play like you've played, with the same dedication and commitment, with the same total abandon, and we'll have a great season.
This team is a lot more than a roster. When any of you feel like you're overwhelmed, remember where you came from, where this program has been. TCU has overcome a lot more than injuries. We were left for dead by the big cigars just a few years ago. We fought our way back, clawing and scratching for every point, for every win. We weren't invited back to the party--we kicked in the door and took back what was rightfully ours! We've sacrificed untold hours of time, sweat, and pain, to get to the pinnacle of college football. Our trophies are still in the case, and we're still #3 in the country. And if you’ve got half the character I think you do, nobody's taking anything from you without a knockdown, drag out fight!
It's a common theme, but this season, more than any other in the last decade, we have to take one game at a time. Focus on the game at hand, prepare as well as you can, and things will take care of themselves.
Those who came before you fought and scraped to get you on this stage. You owe it to them--and to yourselves--to make the very best of this opportunity. Reach deep down and find the warrior in you. Prepare for battle. Cry “Havoc” and let slip the dogs of war! Rise up Horned Frogs! On to Lubbock! On through the Big12! On to VICTORY!
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