The road stopped short of New York City again for Trevone Boykin.
The TCU senior quarterback, who began the season as the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, was left off the list of invitees for the presentation ceremony Saturday when college football’s most prestigious award is handed out.
The finalists are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The players who were invited appeared on at least 75 percent of the ballots submitted by the more than 900 voters. Each ballot listed three names.
Henry has rushed for 1,986 yards, breaking Herschel Walker’s SEC single season record.
McCaffrey, who ranks second nationally behind Henry with 1,847 rushing yards, broke Barry Sanders’ all-purpose record with 3,496 yards this season.
Watson has led 13-0 Clemson to the top seed in the College Football Playoff by averaging 338.4 yards of total offense per game.
Boykin, a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, looked like a lock for the ceremony when the Horned Frogs were 8-0 and coming off a Thursday night victory against West Virginia in which Boykin’s elusiveness, passing and improvisation reached their peak.
But the next week, he threw a career-high four interceptions in a loss at Oklahoma State, lost his top receiver to injury, was injured himself when his ankle twisted under him the next week on the second snap against Kansas, forcing him out after the first quarter. He sat out the next game against Oklahoma, also a loss.
But playing at what coach Gary Patterson described as “75 percent,” Boykin led the Horned Frogs to a 28-21 victory in two overtimes against Baylor in the season finale, lifting them to a 10-win season and third place in the Big 12.
In two seasons operating the Air Raid offense, Boykin broke almost all of Andy Dalton’s major single-season and career records at TCU, while becoming the third-winningest quarterback in school history.
After the Baylor game, Boykin said he will be at full strength for TCU’s bowl game. The Frogs take on Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.
Boykin will go in ranked second in the country in total offense, eighth in touchdown passes and ninth in passing efficiency despite missing most of two games.