If Trevone Boykin plays his way into another Heisman Trophy chance next year, TCU will push his campaign.
“When that time comes, we’ll be a university that will help him more in the future,” coach Gary Patterson said. “People have talked that maybe we should have done more for him as far as his Heisman race. I don’t think it would have made as much of a difference. I think we had to speak for ourselves.”
Boykin finished fourth in the voting for college football’s most prestigious individual award. He threw for a school-record 30 touchdowns in leading the fourth-best offense in the country, and he ranked third in the nation in total offense with game 363 yards a game.
“I think it’s kind of like our team,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to build your résumé. In Trevone’s case, he got to that point. He came a little bit late on the scene. Nobody knew he would have the season he would have. That hurts you in voting. But it puts him in a situation now to know that going in, he’s one of the front-runners next year if he can play the way he did this year.”
Boykin, a junior out of West Mesquite High School, leads the No. 6 Horned Frogs against No. 9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.
“This ballgame is a great stage for him to show going forward what kind of quarterback he is against a really good defense,” Patterson said. “His best advertisement could be him himself in this offense and what we do.”
No committee contact
Patterson said no one from the CFP committee has texted or called him to explain the final rankings — not that they should have.
“That’s not their job,” he said. “I’ll see all those people somewhere, get a chance to talk to them. Right now, my job is to make sure I put the best TCU team on the field for the opportunity we have. The best statement I can make to prove that we should have been in the playoffs is to play really well and win this ballgame.”
Patterson said he believes the committee did the best job it could.
“I knew how hard a situation it was for them,” he said. “They’re the ones who have to sleep at night. You’ve got to believe that they did whatever was best.”
Patterson said he and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze have gotten to know each other well in a short time — so well, they’re even texting jokes back and forth before they play in the Peach Bowl.
“I think it was 6:50 in the morning Monday I got a text from him — ‘I just want to request my Christmas gift, and that’s if you’ll just line up in one base defense,’” Patterson said. “So it’s already started. Those kinds of things, when you play in a bowl game against somebody that you respect and like, it makes the bowl game so much better.”
Patterson said he and Freeze “are alike in a lot of mannerisms.”
TCU will practice two days this week before taking Saturday off for graduation. The Horned Frogs have a handful of players who are scheduled for December graduation, including linebacker Marcus Mallet, cornerback Kevin White and fullback Cliff Murphy.
Practice continues Sunday through Wednesday, when the team leaves for Atlanta.
In Atlanta, the Horned Frogs will practice that Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Georgia Tech. Patterson said the team will have recorded about 110 practices since August.
“When we ended the regular season the Rose Bowl year at Thanksgiving, I think we were at 86 practices,” Patterson said. “We’re at Practice 98. We’ll hit almost 110. That’s a lot of practices.”
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