FORT WORTH, Texas - The player thought to be a potential liability for TCU this season has developed into a reason they could win the Big 12. Trevone Boykin's best position is not wide receiver, and Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel was not going to be handed the starting job.
The player whom TCU ostensibly picked over Johnny Manziel is playing like "one of those" college quarterbacks that may not have a role in the NFL, but thrives at this level.
Boykin should be considered one of the biggest reasons why No. 9 TCU can defeat No. 5 Baylor on Saturday at Rich Old Guy Stadium in Waco. For TCU to win, Boykin will have to do more than his counterpart, Heisman hopeful Bryce Petty.
His head coach trusts him to make the money throws, and to know what to do and when to do it. They are no longer pulling the leash on Boykin in fear.
Two years ago, when Boykin was forced into the Big 12 schedule as a redshirt freshman, his head coach said: "When it's not there, you're not ... Dan Marino. You are a redshirt freshman quarterback." And, "Don't do anything fantastic; don't be bad. Manage the game. What you want is a junior Trevone Boykin not a freshman Trevone Boykin."
Boykin is a junior, and that maturation has occured. Patterson trusts his QB with the passes that make him nervous - over the middle.
With TCU adding veer/option plays to complement a new spread offense, Boykin looks like a poor man's Robert Griffin III - a guy who can throw it, run it, and can drive opposing defensive coordinator's nuts.
He leads TCU in rushing with 260 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average. He is completing 61.5 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and is averaging 294 passing yards per game.
Do not underestimate the value of Boykin having played in 28 games, and being forced into the quarterback role two seasons ago with no college experience.
When TCU travels to Waco for Saturday's game, they will not be seeing the same team they defeated on their last visit in 2012. This may be Baylor's best team of this era, and better than last season.
Boykin is not the same player he was two years ago, when he was making his second career start, in a 49-21 win over Baylor in Waco.
He has played a lot, matured, and developed into something not many expected.
Trevone Boykin is a better college quarterback than wide receiver, and a reason why TCU can upset Baylor.
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