FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU football coach Gary Patterson said that he thinks freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin will play against West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown. Boykin left TCU's game at Oklahoma State late after he suffered what appeared to be a knee injury.
Assuming Boykin does play, Patterson wants to see more of his quarterback running the ball. This is not the NFL. In college, running quarterbacks don't suffer a quick death, and can win big (see Kansas State & QB Collin Klein).
"One of his assets is he can run," Patterson said. "When it's not there, you're not ... Dan Marino. You are a redshirt freshman quarterback."
Boykin is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,122 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has rushed for 334 yards, an average of 3.8 yards per carry. Hardly horrid.
If there is any advantage to Trevone Boykin over Casey Pachall - and this is a reach - it is Boykin's ability to run. Pachall really couldn't. Alas, there is no advantage if Boykin does not actually run.
Patterson wants to see Boykin out of the pocket a bit more, passing, or running.
"Don't do anything fantastic; don't be bad. Manage the game," Patterson said. "What you want is a junior Trevone Boykin not a freshman Trevone Boykin.
Boykin is listed at 6-foot-2, which may be generous, and he does not have the classic over-the-top motion. He has had a few passes knocked down, which Patterson said he does not think is as a result of a sometimes three-quarters angle Boykin uses. Patterson said the teams that have given Boykin trouble have height in their front seven.
"People have been on (SD Chargers QB) Philip Rivers' butt since he started; I think he's been in the Pro Bowl," Patterson said. "Everybody is different. His motion was OK against Texas Tech. When you have a wall of people coming at you, you can't put the ball ... you have to know your own strengths and weaknesses. You have to be able to change things and do things differently."
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