FORT WORTH, Texas – Fox football analyst Charles Davis was not exactly sold on Trevone Boykin before he came to Fort Worth for his first time calling a TCU game this season. The last time Davis saw Boykin was last season in Norman, Oklahoma in a TCU loss against the Sooners.
“On the record? I think he’s a future NFL quarterback. Game is made for his talents,” Davis wrote in a text message to me. “The rest of the season, and all of next, will maximize and expand his game. My mistake? Not giving enough respect to his having to move between positions so often. That’s on me.”
Put me in the skeptical crowd with Boykin as an NFL passer, but completely sold as one of those special guys who on the college level can be immortal. No player in college football has made the strides from last season to this season as Boykin.
If – and this is a rather large if – TCU wins out, wins the Big 12 and reaches the new college football playoff racket, Boykin should be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy award presentation. He has the stats. He has the story.
He has passed for 2,306 with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also run for 374 yards with three touchdowns.
* Boykin was offered over a TCU scholarship over Johnny Manziel.
* As a redshirt freshman, Boykin was taking reps as a running back the week starting quarterback Casey Pachall was busted for a DUI. Boykin’s first start at QB was that week, TCU’s first ever home Big 12 game.
* His first college pass attempt was intercepted by Iowa State.
“It’s hard to move back on a Thursday,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “We told him, ‘If they had a middle-third safety, we told him to check it down to the hitch.’ His first throw of the game was right down the middle of the field to the free safety. He didn’t even have to move. He’s come a long way.”
* Last season, Pachall returned, and Boykin moved to wide receiver.
In TCU’s 30-27 loss last season against West Virginia, Boykin caught a team-high 11 passes for 100 yards. He finished the season with 26 catches for 204 yards.
* Boykin beat out Joeckel, and so far this season has turned into a college football QB terror. He has played a lot, knows what he is doing, can run, competes, and now has become an accurate passer.
He has everything, if TCU keeps winning, to earn an invite to NYC for the Heisman trophy show.
"For Trevone Boykin to move into the top three (of the Heisman trophy voting) we are going to have win a lot in the next five," Patterson said. "That means he has some great stats and he will have will be considered. It will be hard because he had such a late start. I have tried to downplay it because the more I downplay it the more people want to talk about it."
If TCU defeats West Virginia this weekend in Morgantown and Kansas State the following weekend in Fort Worth, everybody will be talking about Trevone Boykin.
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