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Joeckel rallied after ‘deflation’ of losing QB competition to Boykin, TCU coach says

Matt Joeckel in fall practice at TCU, where the offensive coaches say his example and competition helped elevate the play of starter Trevone Boykin.
Matt Joeckel in fall practice at TCU, where the offensive coaches say his example and competition helped elevate the play of starter Trevone Boykin. Star-Telegram

Matt Joeckel took a double hit when he lost the competition for the quarterback job and then had his season end because of a knee injury. But he had a positive impact, quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie said.

“Matt is such a leader in a different way,” Cumbie said. “Sitting down in August, we were like, ‘Matt, we’re going to go with Tre, and these are the tangible reasons why — you guys were pretty even at practice, but live situations, he performed significantly better.’ There’s a criteria, four things. They were pretty even, but live situations, Tre was just better.”

Cumbie described Joeckel’s reaction.

“You could just see the deflation,” Cumbie said. “But he looks at me and goes, ‘Well, where do I go now. How can I help?’ That meant a lot to us, a lot to Tre.”

Co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham said, “Matt kind of brought a professionalism with him — his dad’s a lawyer, he’s going to be a lawyer — in terms of how to study, how to watch film, how to handle yourself,” Meacham said. “I think that’s helped Trevone, just being around Matt, seeing that part of it.”

Boykin, who rooms with Joeckel on the road, appreciated the competition and what he learned from the former Arlington High player.

“He’s cool. We’re friends to this day. We’ll probably be friends forever,” Boykin said.

Joeckel, a senior who did not have designs on a pro career, has applied to law school at Texas Tech.

Cumbie smiled.

“He’s my co-QB coach right now. He’s slacking on his duties,” he said.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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