TCU vs SMU: Battle of the Iron Skillet
The crosstown rivalry between the Horned Frogs and the SMU Mustangs is back Friday night and the Mustangs are hoping a new quarterback and a nationally recognized wide receiver will help bring home the Iron Skillet.
The main priority for TCU’s defense is keeping SMU’s star wide receiver in check, said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. Defending Courtland Sutton is a lot like defending Josh Doctson, Patterson said.
Patterson said that as Sutton has gotten older, he has gotten faster. He said he can jump and “he has a lot of confidence.”
Sutton leads the nation with 25.8 yards per catch among receivers with at least 12 catches. His next touchdown reception ties Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Cole Beasley for the eighth-most in SMU history with 14 catches.
Patterson said he will likely use redshirt-freshman cornerback Jeff Gladney against Sutton.
“Jeff Gladney didn’t allow a touch against Iowa State’s top wide receiver except a pass interference,” Patterson said. “He’s played very hard and physical. He’ll keep getting better and giving more production.”
The Big 12’s top two tacklers, sophomore Ty Summers and junior Sammy Douglas, are also defensive weapons. Summers leads the conference with 26 tackles; Douglas has 25.
Patterson said he was impressed with senior wide receiver Deanté Gray’s efforts in covering kicks and punts on special teams last week. Expect him as cornerback this week.
However, Patterson was non-committal on Gray playing defense the rest of the year.