TCU coach Gary Patterson made it clear Trevone Boykin is the starter at quarterback, but he said it will be important to have two quarterbacks because of the risk of injury.
“I think you’ll have to have two quarterbacks in this system if we want to have a chance to win a conference title,” Patterson said in his weekly conference call with reporters Monday. “Watching the ballgames this weekend, there were some quarterbacks who were getting banged up. Right now, I feel blessed we have two.”
Texas quarterback David Ash suffered a concussion, and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty came out of the game with a back bruise this past weekend.
Patterson, who declined to reveal a starter before the season-opening win against Samford on Saturday, was asked if he now has a starter. “We do have a starter. That’s Trevone,” he said.
But he said Matt Joeckel, who got into the game against Samford in the fourth quarter and threw a touchdown pass and an interception, “possibly” could play against Minnesota on Sept. 13.
“One ballgame is not going to be the telling answer,” he said. “We’re going to move forward, we’re going to play a lot better competition, and both Trevone and Matt have got to improve, and the offense has got to improve, so that we can do that against even better personnel.”
Boykin completed a career-high 29 passes out of 41 attempts for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the 48-14 victory against Samford. He also scored a rushing touchdown.
Punt return update
Patterson said of punt returner Cameron Echols-Luper, hurt in the game against Samford, “He’ll be fine.”
Echols-Luper took a hard hit, fumbled, got turned around and then appeared to hyperextend his legs. He left the field with assistance, not putting weight on his left leg, and went to the locker room.
“Wasn’t quite as bad as what he made it look like,” Patterson said.
Patterson said the second-teamers made too many mistakes against Samford for the coaches to feel confident using the entire defensive package.
“For us, we have to be about depth,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to be able to run our whole defense. We didn’t feel like we could do that the other night. If it wasn’t a base defense, we were screwing things up.”
Patterson took some of the blame. He said the team tried to prepare for both Samford and Minnesota during the August practices.
“I probably did a poor job of not finally singling it out,” he said. “Now it seems a lot simpler going into this week.”
Redshirt freshman Ranthony Texada “did all right” in making the start at left cornerback, vacated by NFL draft pick Jason Verrett.
True freshman Nick Orr also played, entering after halftime.
“And you’re going to see Torrance Mosley down the road,” Patterson said. “To play the kind of wide receivers we play in this league, and to play the kind of defense we’re used to, I don’t think anybody would be surprised to hear me say when you’re replacing a fifth-year senior like Jason Verrett with two freshmen, you’ve got to keep getting better at things.”
Big 12 impressions
Patterson said he watched the Oklahoma State and West Virginia games and called them exciting.
Asked if the results against Florida State and Alabama — the top two teams in the country — spoke well for the strength of the conference, Patterson said, “It was exciting to watch, knowing our jobs got tougher. But I thought everybody’s improved.”
Six of the conference’s 10 teams won their opener, with Kansas sitting out until this week.