When receiver Josh Doctson stepped to the line of scrimmage, he would quickly analyze the defense and make a read.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin would do the same.
More often than not, the TCU seniors would see the same thing and the play would end with the ball safely in Doctson’s hands. The two have connected for 26 touchdowns in their time with the Horned Frogs.
That’s the secret to the nation’s third-ranked offense, one that piled up 564.3 yards per game this season.
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“He’s a pretty smart, savvy guy,” Boykin said of his teammate. “He knows what he likes when he sees the defense. We can kind of just read each other’s minds.
“We did a really good job with that, both of us.”
One of the best acts in TCU history is headed to the College Football Awards ceremony Thursday in Atlanta. Boykin is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to the nation’s top quarterback; Doctson is up for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the top receiver.
Doctson underwent surgery after he broke his his left arm Nov. 7 at Oklahoma State. He suited up for the next game against Kansas, so he could be with his teammates on Senior Day.
It was an easy decision. It was broken. You can’t play with a broken wrist. I tried. I just couldn’t do anything out there.
Josh Doctson on having surgery
Doctson is hopeful that he will be able to play in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. After all, he is two receptions shy of owning the school’s career record. He already has the school records for career touchdown catches (29) and yards receiving (2,773).
Doctson, a senior from Mansfield Legacy, will meet with his surgeon next week to set a timetable for his rehabilitation. He believes he’ll have a little more than a week to prepare for the bowl game.
26 Touchdowns that Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson teamed up for during their careers at TCU.
“It’s a big motivation, but I’ve got to be smart as well,” Doctson said. “I can’t be out there hurting my team. I want to be out there being able to help them.”
Boykin, who played with an injured ankle in TCU’s 28-21 double-overtime victory over Baylor on Nov. 27, believes he’ll be back to full strength for the Jan. 2 bowl game.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’m not 100 percent yet, that’s for sure. I’m getting better every day and that’s a positive.”
Positivity is exactly what Boykin exuded Tuesday, a day after he learned he was not a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He said he was blessed to even be part of the conversation.
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College Football Awards ceremony
6 p.m. Thursday, ESPN