Trevone Boykin said he lost weight during the off-season because he ran more and ate better, not because he’s planning to move to receiver.
“It wasn’t something I planned on doing,” he said. “It didn’t have anything to do with my trying to go play receiver or getting faster to go play receiver.”
Boykin, last season’s part-time starter at quarterback, spoke to reporters Sunday as TCU reported for fall practices. Coach Gary Patterson said Boykin is down to about 205 pounds and is in the best shape of his career.
Boykin said he has not eaten fast food in five months.
“I’ve been putting in extra work and running, and it’s been so hot,” Boykin said. “I guess you could say it’s kind of worn the weight off.”
Boykin also said he has put more time into preparing to play quarterback, and he detailed how.
“From just working out, eating right, living right, watching film, staying out of trouble, leading guys on and off the field, being in front of the summer workouts — stuff that quarterbacks are supposed to do, but that not necessarily all of them do,” he said.
“Some people lead by example, and some are more vocal. I’ve tried to become both.”
Defensive end Devonte Fields is trying to finish summer school, Patterson said. But there has been no change in the status of the player, who is a suspect in a domestic abuse incident involving an ex-girlfriend.
TCU said two weeks ago that he was “separated,” or suspended, from the university while Fort Worth police investigated.
Patterson said he cannot yet say whether Fields, the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year, will have a chance to return to the team.
Co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach Doug Meacham will be the play-caller this season, Patterson said. The other co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie, will be in the press box on game days.
Meacham said he aims for a 50-50 balance between the run and pass, but that many of the running plays convert to screens or quick passes in case of an overloaded front.
“I’ve always been of a mind that it’s the disbursement — how many different guys touch it — as opposed to run or pass,” Meacham said.
The Horned Frogs will likely have four new starters on the offensive line, replacing everyone except center Joey Hunt, following an ineffective season for the running game and the offense in general.
“You don’t keep going out with a girl you don’t like,” Patterson said. “We had to change. We felt we had to get bigger. This will be one of the better competitions we’ve had on the offensive line since 2010, as far as just numbers and body sizes.”
The Frogs’ depth chart lists the starters as left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (6-6, 308), left guard Jamelle Naff (6-4, 325), center Hunt (6-3, 295), right guard Frank Kee (6-4, 345) and right tackle Joseph Noteboom (6-5, 295).
Behind them are players such as tackles Tayo Fabuluje (6-7, 315) and Aviante Collins (6-6, 285), and guards Matt Pryor (6-7, 350) and Bobby Thompson (6-6, 310).