TCU looks to make quarterback Boykin’s scrambling more productive

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TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin’s innate athletic ability is evident to anyone who has seen him scramble out of the pocket and elude tacklers for a big gain. He can throw and catch passes, too, as was the case when he led the Horned Frogs in receptions against Southeastern Louisiana.

But as a quarterback, he’s trying to improve his vision downfield when he’s on the run. Since taking over for the injured Casey Pachall, the offense has included a scrambling drill during practice not only to help him pick out receivers on the run but also to help the rest of the offense react appropriately to his scrambling.

“We’ve been working on that to get his eyes up,” coach Gary Patterson said. “He’s got to learn how to look down the field better. It’s also for wide receivers, running backs, offensive linemen, everybody.”

The receivers need to do a better job of reading Boykin’s body language and roll accordingly.

“They have no idea where I’m going, but if they see me roll to the right or roll to the left, the only thing they have to do is roll with me and find windows,” Boykin said. “In a game atmosphere, it needs to come natural.”

Fields may play

Defensive end Devonte Fields practiced Wednesday and could see limited action Saturday, Gary Patterson said.

Fields, who injured his foot at Texas Tech on Sept. 12, has the same injury that kept former defensive end Stansly Maponga out for parts of two games a year ago.

“I don’t think you’ll see him in a lot of plays, but he might play a little bit,” Patterson said.

Patterson said Fields may not fully recover until he has surgery and a screw is inserted in his foot. Until then, his playing time comes down to his ability to push off on the foot and dealing with the pain associated with the injury.

Free safety Elisha Olabode (groin) is feeling as good as he has all season and is likely to play Saturday. He missed the SMU game after suffering with the injury since preseason. Offensive lineman James Dunbar (low ankle sprain) practiced Wednesday and is expected to play, Patterson said.

“James wants to play. He’s a senior. He knows he doesn’t have many opportunities left,” he said.

Another honor

Safety Sam Carter added to his list of weekly honors by being named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week after his two interceptions against SMU. Carter is on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Key stats

13-13: Opponents’ scoring efficiency in the red zone against TCU’s defense (last in the Big 12). However, the Frogs have held opponents to field goals six times.

105-6: Oklahoma’s record under coach Bob Stoops when holding opponents to 20 points or fewer, including the last 26 times. TCU’s offense is averaging 30.8 points a game but is last in the league, averaging 349.2 yards a game.

Quotable

“That fourth quarter went a long way to getting a little bit of that monkey off our back. We hadn’t had a lot of good things happen to us really since last year. That was one of those games where finally we got some breaks. We created some of those breaks, but finally the ball hopped up to us on the onside kick instead of hopping over us.”

— TCU coach Gary Patterson on the Frogs scoring 31 points in the fourth quarter against SMU.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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