TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin said he expects to be at full health by the time the team plays its bowl game, which could be as late as Jan. 2.
The Horned Frogs’ most likely destinations are the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio or the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The Alamo Bowl is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Jan. 2. The Russell Athletic Bowl kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
“I feel like I should be 100 percent by the bowl game,” Boykin said Friday following the 28-21 double-overtime victory against Baylor. “Based off today, I was able to run around, make a few moves, see what it looked like in live action instead of practice.”
Boykin threw two touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown last week in his first start since suffering an ankle injury two weeks earlier.
Coach Gary Patterson said the senior quarterback was at about 75 percent and was proud of his effort in chilly, rainy conditions.
“It was a tremendous effort on his part to come back and play,” Patterson said.
Boykin said he tried to practice the day before the Oklahoma game, which he missed because of the injury.
“I tried to go out there on Friday. Man, it wasn’t acting right,” Boykin said. “I couldn’t really move. I’m not the type of person – if I can’t improve this team or make this team better with me being on the field, there’s no point in me being out there. That’s kind of how I felt about the situation.”
Boykin said it’s tough to play at less than full strength, but he was determined to against Baylor for the season finale.
“It’s kind of like, ‘Last game in the Carter, you kinda got to play if you’re a senior,’ ” Boykin said.
The effort did not go unnoticed.
“It just shows his toughness and character,” running back Kyle Hicks said. “He’s a great leader. I’m glad that he played tonight. He really helped us out a lot when we needed him most.”
Josh Doctson did not get a chance to play Friday because of his wrist injury, but Boykin is hopeful he and Doctson still get a chance to play one final game together. The Biletnikoff Award finalist receiver has not been ruled out of a bowl game.
“He’s doing fine. He’s recovering right now,” Boykin said. “I feel like he’ll be back. He has the choice, the option to play in the ballgame. I don’t know if he will. I feel like he’s going to be pretty good. His future is bright, too.”
Doctson sits one catch away from tying the career record for catches at TCU. He already owns the career records for receiving yards and touchdowns and the season records for catches, yards and touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Ty Summers was named the Big 12 defensive player of the week on Monday, a day after earning the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s national defensive player of the week award.
Summers made 23 tackles last week against Baylor, including a share of the fourth-down stop in overtime that won the game. He also made a block that helped defensive end Josh Carraway score on a 56-yard fumble return.
Despite starting only three games, Summers finished the season as the Horned Frogs’ third-leading tackler with 75. He had two tackles for loss and an interception.
Patterson said the Horned Frogs improvised against the formation Baylor used on the fourth down attempt in the second overtime, which was stopped when Summers and cornerback Julius Lewis hit running back Devin Chafin in the backfield.
“We had not worked on that defense in the game when they brought in all those tight ends and the big 400-pounder,” Patterson said. “We hadn’t blitzed it. I just told them, ‘Come off the edge.’ Somehow our linebacker got through the crease.”
Summers’ 23rd and final tackle on that play gave him most by a player under Gary Patterson at TCU and sixth-most in team history. It also tied for the most by a Big 12 player since records started in 2000.