TCU coach Gary Patterson confirmed that starting quarterback Trevone Boykin sustained an injury to his non-throwing wrist during TCU’s 61-58 loss to Baylor, but will be fine to start in Saturday’s home game against Oklahoma State.
The injury hasn’t hindered Boykin’s play during practice, Patterson said. “He’s been awesome.”
Boykin practiced in a soft cast this week and walked off the field Wednesday with it on his left wrist. Patterson said Boykin will wear the cast Saturday as well.
“It will be where he can manage it and do the things he needs to do,” Patterson said after Wednesday’s practice.
Patterson said the injury is similar to one that former Horned Frogs linebacker Tank Carder sustained during a Wednesday practice at TCU and was able to play the following Saturday.
Patterson said he didn’t know Boykin was injured, but thinks it happened early in the game.
“He’s a tough kid,” Patterson said.
Oklahoma State starting quarterback Daxx Garman’s strength is something TCU is very familiar with — the deep pass.
Since taking over for Denton Guyer alumnus J.W. Walsh in the Cowboys’ second game of the season against Missouri State, Garman has thrown for 1,361 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 272.2 yards per game.
“He’s more efficient,” Patterson said. “He’s not as good a runner as Walsh, but I think he probably throws the ball a little better than Walsh. He’s got a really good arm, and he’s got good people around him.”
Garman, a junior, transferred to OSU in 2012. He is seeing his first playing time since 2009, before he transferred to Southlake Carroll.
He was ruled ineligible by the UIL State Executive Committee for transferring for athletic reasons and did not play a down for the Dragons.
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill saw his first action as starting quarterback for the Dragons that season in Garman’s stead.
TCU opponents have frequently thrown double-move routes at safety Derrick Kindred, who was burned several times by Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard two weeks ago, Patterson said.
It’s Kindred’s aggressive nature that sometimes gets the best of him on double moves, Patterson said: “He tries to cheat.”
Senior linebacker Paul Dawson and Boykin were added to postseason award watch lists Wednesday.
Dawson, who leads TCU in tackles, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries and is tied for the lead in sacks, interceptions and force fumbles, was added to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list for the nation’s top defensive player.
Boykin was added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award for the nation’s top offensive player, currently sitting seventh in the nation in total offense, averaging 353.6 yards per game.
Patterson said joining a watch list midseason says more about their caliber of play.
“They earned their right to be on it,” he said.