Trevone Boykin improving, ‘fun to watch’ at TCU practice

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin talks to teammates in a huddle before last week’s game against Oklahoma. The senior sat out with an ankle injury but there was optimism about his returning to practice on Sunday.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin talks to teammates in a huddle before last week’s game against Oklahoma. The senior sat out with an ankle injury but there was optimism about his returning to practice on Sunday. Star-Telegram

Trevone Boykin had his most active practice Sunday since suffering an ankle injury, and coach Gary Patterson described it as “fun to watch.”

“He was hopping around a little bit yesterday,” Patterson said Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call. “He was the one that wanted to get taped up and go. I was not the guy that pushed him to do that. It was, ‘Yeah, it’s feeling better. Let’s tape it up. Let’s see what I can do today.’ It was fun to watch him back.”

Boykin sat out Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, interrupting what had been a Heisman-candidate season. He was injured on the first series the previous week against Kansas.

He was hopping around a little bit. ... It was fun to watch him back.

Gary Patterson on Trevone Boykin at Sunday’s practice

“He’s not 100 percent yet,” Patterson said. “Every day, obviously, far better than he was when we made the decision for him not to play. Hopefully, he’ll just keep getting better every day, but he’s doing his best to try to get back.”

Despite missing seven quarters the past two games, Boykin remains in the top 10 nationally in passing touchdowns — ranking eighth with 29. His total offense average of 402.3 yards per game is still No. 1 in the country.

Career QB wins at TCU: Andy Dalton, 42 Sammy Baugh, 29 Trevone Boykin, 26

Boykin owns the TCU career records for touchdown passes, passing yards and total offense. His next completion will break Andy Dalton’s career record, and his career completion percentage of 61.4 is third all-time at TCU — a shade under Dalton’s 61.6 and Casey Pachall’s 62.9.

Patterson said Bram Kohlhausen has the edge to start against Baylor because of the way he finished the OU game in relief of starter Foster Sawyer.

Battle of backups?

It’s possible neither starting quarterback will be available Friday night. Baylor coach Art Briles said it “doesn’t look real good” for Jarrett Stidham, who left the Bears’ game against Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

“I would have him as questionable,” Briles said.

Patterson said Chris Johnson, who replaced Stidham and threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, was impressive.

“Well, he’s a guy that hasn’t played quarterback most of the season, and then to be the backup and then come in, I thought it was outstanding,” Patterson said. “He did a great job. He’s very athletic. He’s a big player.

“Obviously, a little bit different animal than Stidham or the quarterback before him. Obviously, you’ve got to get ready for all of them.”

Hunt out again

Senior center Joey Hunt, who sat out the Oklahoma game after suffering an injury in practice, will not play against Baylor, Patterson said.

Patterson added that Hunt might be available for a bowl game, “depending on how the surgery goes.” He declined to say what the injury was.

TCU ended a four-year drought without a 1,000-yard rusher. Aaron Green’s 126 yards against Oklahoma gave him 1,099 for the season. Ed Wesley ran for 1,078 in 2010.

Sophomore Austin Schlottman made his first career start, stepping in for Hunt. Reserve Matt Pryor started at right guard, and starting right guard Brady Foltz moved to left guard because of the season-ending injury to Jamelle Naff.

“I thought that they played very well without [Hunt],” Patterson said of the offensive line.

Porter praise

Emanuel Porter, who caught the final touchdown for TCU against Oklahoma, provided a boost because he can go up for a ball like Josh Doctson, Patterson said. But he stopped the comparison there.

“It’d be unfair for me to compare him yet,” Patterson said. “[Doctson’s] got a chance to possibly be a Biletnikoff finalist.”

TCU receptions leaders: Josh Doctson, 79 KaVontae Turpin, 37 Shaun Nixon, 36 Kolby Listenbee, 28 Desmon White, 19

Porter, one of the many players who has missed time due to injury, has only seven catches in six games. But two have been for touchdowns, and he is averaging 16.0 yards per catch.

“To get somebody back, to give us a threat that you can throw the ball up and go get it strong ... just to get another guy back that gave us a speed guy that’s also hard to push around was a positive for us,” Patterson said.

“And he made some plays in the ballgame, which was really good.”

Denton Guyer junior quarterback and TCU commit Shawn Robinson rushed for 269 yards and 4 touchdowns in Guyer's 48-35 area-round win over Southlake Carroll Friday. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

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