Trevone Boykin picked up an award from the 2014 season last week, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
But the TCU quarterback is already thinking in 2015 terms.
“We’re no longer last year’s team,” he said from New Haven, Conn., where he and TCU coach Gary Patterson were part of the Walter Camp Football Foundation national awards program Saturday. Patterson picked up the foundation’s Coach of the Year award. Boykin was recognized as second-team All-America, and linebacker Paul Dawson as first-team All-America.
Boykin, who will be a senior next season, threw for a school-record 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns last season in leading TCU to a 12-1 record and a Peach Bowl victory against Ole Miss that resulted in a final No. 3 ranking in the AP and coaches polls. With Boykin and nine other offensive starters returning, the Horned Frogs are expected to be one of the nation’s top-ranked teams next season.
“We have to prove ourselves once again,” Boykin said.
What was it like to win the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award? “It was definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Being a part of Earl Campbell’s family now is really just a blessing in itself.”
What did he say to you? “He asked me why I did the Longhorns so bad [laughs]. He’s a pretty cool dude. He’s just like any other guy. He’s one of those people who remembers where he came from and everything he’s done and really just wants to give back to people.”
Could you have pictured yourself being at the Walter Camp award weekend a year ago? “A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined myself receiving a lot of these awards. To be here, and to meet people and for them to bring us in, and the way they treat us out here has been unbelievable.”
What did you think of the season as a whole? “It went by so fast. Now it’s like a whole new team, and a lot of senior guys that I came in with are gone. This team that we’re about to get out there could probably be even better, so we’re going to work hard this off-season so that when the fall starts up, we’ll be ready.”
Do you need a break from football or are you ready for spring ball right now? “When I get back to school, I’ll start working. I was throwing. I try to throw every day just to stay as loose as possible.”
What will you work on? “Throwing the ball over the middle. That’s where you make your money and your bread and butter. That will probably be one of the main things.”
What do you think about offensive coordinator Doug Meacham being connected to job openings? “I’ve talked to him about it. He’s talked to me about it. And I basically wished him the best of luck on whatever decision he makes.”
You had your own decision to make about the NFL, right? “Yeah, I did. My main focus, really, was just coming back to go to school. With that comes football. I kind of had made up my mind before all the dust settled.”
What did you think about the final No. 3 ranking in the AP and coaches polls for TCU? “Those numbers are based off last year’s team, and we’re no longer last year’s team. We have to prove ourselves once again.”
It’s going to be thought of as the same team, isn’t it? “On offense, it’s basically the same people. It’s almost everybody. On defense, we’re going to have to grow some guys up, but Coach P does a great job with the way we recruit and get those guys ready, because I feel we prepare like no other.”
Is it up to you now to demonstrate the way to do things? “The guys that played last year know what it takes. They know what it takes to win a Big 12 championship. We did that. I feel like those guys know what it takes to win a national championship, too.”
What did you think watching the semifinals and championship game? “It was crazy. I was feeling kind of salty about it. They were great games. The No. 4 seed came in and won it all, so you really can’t complain.”
Did you think that could have been your team? “Yeah, but I feel like we did our job and said all we can say, did all we can do.”
Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407