Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin said Monday that missing the final game of his college career because of an arrest in a San Antonio bar is “a mistake that … I know I can overcome” on the road to becoming an NFL quarterback.
Boykin, a finalist for the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, attended Monday night’s ceremony at the Fort Worth Club and expressed remorse for the way he ended an otherwise stellar college career. Boykin was suspended and sent home from what would have been his final college game, the Horned Frogs’ 47-41 victory over Oregon in triple overtime at the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.
Boykin faces charges that he hit a police officer who was attempting to break up a bar fight at Pat O’Brien’s, a sports bar near the TCU team hotel during bowl week in San Antonio. His initial hearing is set for Wednesday in San Antonio.
I was devastated by the whole thing. But it’s a mistake that I made in my life that I know I can overcome.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin about his arrest during bowl week in San Antonio
After being sent home by coach Gary Patterson, Boykin watched on television with his mother as the Frogs rallied from a 31-0 halftime deficit to post one of the most memorable bowl victories in school history. The 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year said he deeply regrets his actions in San Antonio that will leave him with a lot of explaining to do to NFL executives during his interviews at the NFL Combine, Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.
“I was devastated by the whole thing. But it’s a mistake that I made in my life that I know I can overcome,” said Boykin, who will work out with quarterbacks at the combine but left open the possibility of lining up at other positions. “Right now, I’m just thinking positive and trying to move forward. I’m looking forward to going to Indy and fully participating in every drill. And to show that I can play quarterback and that this one mistake doesn’t define me.”
He realizes, however, that his arrest will be a hot topic with NFL executives who also question if he has the height to play quarterback at the next level. Although listed by some outlets as 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Boykin said Monday that he expects to be measured at 6-1 in Indianapolis. But the bigger issue, he understands, involves the only off-field incident that surfaced during this tenure at TCU.
Asked how he intended to convince NFL scouts that he’s not a character risk, Boykin said: “Just look through my college career and you’ll only find that one mistake. I know I made a mistake and it’s something that won’t happen again. It’s not going to be easily overcome but it’s something that you have to take on with a straight mind and just own up to it. Know that you made the wrong decision and keep pushing forward.”
Boykin, who completed his TCU degree in general studies in December, has spent the past two months working out at IMG Academy in Florida with Rich Bartel, a private quarterbacks coach. Projected as a late-round NFL pick before his off-field incident in San Antonio, Boykin said he is hopeful that scouts will overlook that hiccup in the evaluation process.
“From talking to scouts, you kind of get that feeling,” Boykin said. “But scouts, head coaches and GMs are different people. Until you really get their two cents in on the whole situation, you don’t really know.”
Asked about doing drills at receiver at the combine, Boykin said he’d “rather not” but left open that possibility.
I know I can play quarterback in the [NFL]. When you look at the guys that are coming out this year, you can’t tell me why I’m not as good or better.
“I feel like, the more you can do, the more valuable you are. There are a lot of people in the league who can do a lot of things,” Boykin said. “Once you set your mind on one thing, if you’re not open to anything else, those doors are closed and people look at you different. I’m pretty much telling everybody that I can play quarterback.
“I know I can play quarterback in the league. When you look at the guys that are coming out this year, you can’t tell me why I’m not as good or better. The way my mentality is, it’s just going in and taking full advantage of everything.”
Boykin said he understood why Patterson suspended him from his final college game and has spoken with his former coach since the incident. He also said he believes he has Patterson’s “full support in everything I do” and hopes he can earn similar trust from an NFL employer. But he knows the questions in Indianapolis will be pointed ones.
“Yeah, I’m fully prepared for that,” Boykin said. “I feel like I have a great personality where if those [hard questions] happen, I can easily look past it. I know what this job is. I know what I’m there for.”