Forget what you saw Saturday night. There is no quarterback controversy at TCU.
Senior Casey Pachall will start against Southeastern Louisiana at 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson reiterated Sunday.
Sophomore Trevone Boykin replaced Pachall early in the second half to give the offense a spark, Patterson said. It followed Pachall’s interception on the previous series.
The decision, which Patterson said leading up to the game was an option, basically came down to Boykin’s ability to hurt LSU on the ground. TCU rallied to within 30-27, but lost to No. 12 LSU 37-27.
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“If you’ve got to have a little bit more time to get open and do some things, he was able to do that with his feet,” he said. “He got us a couple first downs. We felt like he gave us a spark. He’s got to do a better job of setting his feet. He overthrew a couple because he didn’t set his feet.”
Boykin led the Frogs on a 77-yard scoring drive on his first series at quarterback, but his next series stalled after 33 yards.
Patterson said the team is going back to basics this week and will “play our offense,” which will include Boykin again working at wide receiver.
Boykin started the game at receiver but finished with no receptions.
“If anything we need to get the ball to him,” Patterson said. “He played well as a wide receiver.”
Gary Patterson said often during August that he wanted to play well against LSU, but his main concern was not losing any players to injury for the Big 12 season. Mission accomplished.
“That’s the one thing you really worry about when you play somebody really physical,” he said. “Our guys realized they could compete with the type of athlete that was on the field.”
The LSU game, in some ways, was a measuring stick for his program and the three-to-five year plan he’s often said it will take to get to the level of depth to routinely compete for titles in the Big 12.
“Do we have to get better to play against the LSUs if we want to win? Yes. But I know recruiting-wise what I need to have on the field to go do that, what they need to look like. Our recruiting class shows that. We’re headed in that direction.”
Tight end Griffin Gilbert needs to be utilized more, Gary Patterson said. Gilbert only had one reception against LSU and had just two catches in 13 games as a freshman in 2012. But Gilbert is an option Patterson would like his quarterbacks to have more often.
“He’s just a bigger body at our H receiver,” he said. Other receivers may be quicker, but Gilbert [6-foot-5, 220 pounds] offers a better target down field. “It’s just easier to see a guy like that who takes up space and does things.”