FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — TCU coach Gary Patterson is known as a defensive wizard, and during his 16 seasons leading the Horned Frogs, he’s taken the program from being a mid-major one and made it into a Big 12 contender.
Just in the last two years, TCU has won 23 games and finished both seasons ranked in the top 10. The Horned Frogs’ defensive front is arguably as talented as there is in the country.
Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos has certainly taken notice.
“They play their scheme, that 4-2-5 that Coach Patterson kind of created way back when this thing evolved,” Enos said. “He’s kind of the guy that did it. Very rarely can you say that in football these days, that somebody came up with something.
“So tons of respect for him, tons of respect for their defense. They’re very athletic. They all run very well. You can tell how they recruit. This will be a huge challenge, playing one of the best teams in the country, one of the best defenses in the country with very good coaches in a hostile environment.”
Arkansas — as a member of the SEC West — plays an extremely tough conference slate, but the TCU game adds another difficult element to the 2016 schedule. So much so that Enos said playing TCU is like an SEC team itself.
“Great challenge for us Week 2,” Enos said. “It’s SEC football. It’s like, might as well just add on another SEC game for us.
“This will be a great challenge for us, and be great preparation as we move forward to our season.”