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TCU welcomed at Big 12 Media Days

DALLAS, TEXAS (KLTV) - At Big 12 Media Days, it's lights, camera, action.

It's all part of TCU's first taste of their new conference.

"You see all these cameras walking up the stairs, you are kind of taken aback by it," said senior Blaize Foltz, "It is a lot different than last year."

"You walk up these stairs and see all these reporters, it is eye opening," said defensive end Ross Forrest.

The Horned Frogs join West Virginia as newcomers to the Big 12, a conference they are trying to prove they belong in.

"I don't feel like we get the respect that we probably deserve as much because they think we are just the weak team that you can destroy on every Saturday," said quarterback Casey Pachall, "Because that is not the case."

"The stadiums are huge," said Forrest, "But we are still playing football, it is still the same game, so we are excited about that."

The Horned Frogs may the be new faces in the Big 12, but they have faces that you are going to recognize in East Texas, at least five players from the  Tyler/Whitehouse area are on the TCU roster.

"You know, there are good players everywhere else, but our staple is always going to be right here," said head coach Gary Patterson, "We are going to get a few from somewhere else, but we are always coming back to this state."

And it's in the state they will face perhaps their greatest game.

TCU is set to replace Texas A&M in the annual Thanksgiving day showdown with Texas.

"Now that it is going to be us and Texas, it is going to be a fun game to play in," said Pachall.

"To think that TCU has a opportunity to be part of a game with the University of Texas," said Patterson, "To me, is what college football is all about."

And it's the chance to prove the new Big 12's big dog...is a frog.

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