The Heisman Trophy voting opened this week, and coach Gary Patterson hopes Trevone Boykin hasn’t been forgotten.
“I don’t think he should be forgotten,” Patterson said. “He’s done some unbelievable things for this university, this team and college football. There’s some real good players, but I haven’t seen anybody more dynamic than Trevone Boykin. I promise you, there’s very few head coaches or defensive coordinators that aren’t glad he’s graduating.”
Boykin did not play last week against Oklahoma because of an ankle injury. He played only the first quarter the week before against Kansas, when he got hurt.
But in his last full game, he threw four interceptions and TCU lost its first game. That dropped his stock after a strong performance on a Thursday night against West Virginia that had elevated him nearly to co-leader status with Leonard Fournette of LSU.
“I’ll be honest with you. I’ll be really disappointed if he doesn’t make the Heisman list, if you look at his numbers compared to everything else,” Patterson said. “Even in the game he threw picks, we had over 600 yards total offense.”
Boykin remains the national leader in total offense at 402.3 yards per game. He ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency and eighth in touchdown passes.
He practiced Sunday and has not been ruled out of Friday’s game against Baylor.
“Wout it help us out to beat Baylor if he plays? I think it would,” Patterson said. “But if not, we go with the other guys. But he’s a special cat. He’ll be the guy who makes that call.”
Patterson said quarterback Foster Sawyer, who was intercepted three times and got pulled in the second half against Oklahoma, worried that he caused TCU’s loss.
“He didn’t lose the ballgame. There were a lot of people,” Patterson said. “If you want to be a leader and you want to play that position, there’s a lot of things that go into it. You get to where the game slows down, where you see the trees and not the forest. But it was kind of the opposite. In the game before that, Bram was a little more like that. He didn’t seem to have the spark, and Foster did.”
Patterson said all three quarterbacks will get a chance to show who’s best in practice this week.
Defensive tackle Aaron Curry will not play against Baylor. Patterson did not specify the injury, but it makes Curry the 25th player this year to miss a game, part of a game or the season for the Horned Frogs.
Curry is the team’s sixth-leading tackler, with 40 in 11 games, three sacks and three quarterback hits.
Orr at safety
Patterson said Nick Orr, who has played cornerback and safety this year, will likely be a safety going forward.
Patterson said two other players are likely to switch positions on the defense next season but will begin learning the spots during the bowl practices next month.