TCU coach Gary Patterson praises S Derrick Kindred

TCU senior safety Derrick Kindred knew that when the Horned Frogs lost six starters on defense, it was time for him to step up as a leader. As his coach Gary Patterson told Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kindred has done just that.

“He’s been a leader. He’s made plays,” Patterson said.

Sure enough, Kindred also spoke to Mendez and explained just how he was able to step up and assume a leadership role.

“Toward the end of my junior year, I felt like I was becoming the leader that I needed to be,” he said. “In the spring this year, it was all about getting guys in position where they needed to be. And to grow some kids up to fill spots we lost last year.”

 A former star at San Antonio’s Karen Wagner High School, Kindred has done nothing but improve since arriving at TCU in 2012. In three seasons, he has 143 tackles with six interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Last season, he notched a career-best 75 tackles with four interceptions. With TCU looking to win the Big 12 this year and hopefully make the College Football Playoff, expect him to have another great year as he closes out his college career.
TCU opens the season at home against Minnesota on September 3.

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