Trevone Boykin continues to show how valuable he can be to the TCU offense even if he isn’t the full-time quarterback.
The sophomore’s three rushing touchdowns on five carries against Iowa State gave a glimpse as to how TCU envisioned using him alongside starting quarterback Casey Pachall.
Boykin’s ability to pass, run and catch passes was a tool left in the tool box when he was forced to start at quarterback for five games while Pachall was injured. Defenses were able to narrow their strategy against “Boykin the quarterback” because of the Horned Frogs’ struggling offensive line and Boykin’s deficiencies at finding receivers quickly.
But as a receiver and specialty quarterback replacing Pachall on certain downs, defenses not only have more to prepare for, but they also often have less time before a given play to recognize what TCU’s offense is going to do.
“He’s a great athlete,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said Monday. “I’m glad he’s a TCU Horned Frog. Next year, hopefully we’ll be able to use him in the same role, where we can do different things with him because he’s a mismatch on a lot of different levels for a lot of players. He makes TCU better wherever he plays.”
Boykin’s role in 2014 will be a hot topic this spring. Does he remain in his role, as Patterson indicated?
Does Tyler Matthews get a chance to prove he’s the starter this spring, or does Foster Sawyer, from Fort Worth All Saints and who may enroll in January, get a chance to step in and lead the offense (with Boykin) as a true freshman?
Or will Decatur’s Grayson Muehlstein, another highly recruited quarterback, take the reins?
How does Zach Allen, who will be a redshirt freshman this spring, fit in the mix?
Check back in January.
Right now, TCU has what it wanted all along, an offense with a pure passer in Pachall supplemented with good doses of Boykin, who also had four receptions for 24 yards last week.
“It was part of the game plan,” Boykin said before chuckling about his three-score performance, “but we didn’t plan for me to score all three touchdowns.”
TCU will take the points however they come whether he’s scoring as a quarterback, running back or receiver, the spot where he started the season despite sharing reps at QB with Pachall in August.
“A quarterback has to know what all the receivers do within the route structure, so it has really helped him to know that,” Patterson said. “Obviously, the little things you need to be able to do as a wide receiver as far as teaching sticking certain routes, he’s still got some growing to do when it comes to that. But he makes up for that with natural ability.”