Coordinator says offense went too conservative at Baylor

Sonny Cumbie, left, with fellow co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, said TCU might have been too conservative early in the fourth quarter against Baylor.
Sonny Cumbie, left, with fellow co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, said TCU might have been too conservative early in the fourth quarter against Baylor. Star-Telegram

Quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie said TCU called the right play on the fourth down at the end of the Baylor game, but was too conservative earlier in the fourth quarter.

“Best player, best play – we practice fade balls from the moment we step on the field,” he said Monday at the Peach Bowl. “Josh Doctson is our best fade guy. Wouldn’t call a different play.”

Cumbie and co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since the season began. Meacham, who calls the plays, said, “No,” when asked about regrets about the fourth quarter.

The offense was shut out in the final 15 minutes of the 61-58 loss.

Cumbie said the game told him, “We had to have more answers versus zero blitz. We didn’t handle that, coaching-wise, very well. We weren’t on the same page with some of our hots. We learned from that offensively.”

Cumbie said the offense pulled back in the fourth quarter and shouldn’t have.

“I feel like the one drive you’d like to have over was right when they cut it to 14. I felt like we got conservative with our calls,” he said. “I felt like we had a chance there at the end and got conservative, and we punted it back to them. That was the biggest thing: better zero plan. Last play of the game, I wouldn’t call a different play.”

To work on

Cumbie said accuracy over the middle of the field will be a focus of the spring work for quarterback Trevone Boykin, along with getting his completion percentage up.

“We’ve taken a lot of shots this year, so you’re going to have higher incompletions there,” Cumbie said.

Boykin was a 60.5 percent passer this year in setting school records for yards and touchdowns in a season.

“What’s been most encouraging is his quarterback leadership, and I think his production has spoken for itself,” Cumbie said. “There are things that we will work on and identify – tangible things – and hopefully we’re in a really good bowl game a year from now.”

No disappointment

Boykin expressed no disappointment in not getting invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City.

“I was blessed with an opportunity, and I was thankful for it,” he said. “And it motivates me for next year. I’m one of those guys that doesn’t focus on individual awards. I’m really all about the team. I’m really just glad to be here with my teammates, and we’re enjoying this time right now.”

Catalon hope

Boykin believes B.J. Catalon will be back next year, although he wants the running back to make the best decision for his health.

Catalon has not played since suffering a concussion on Nov. 1 at West Virginia.

“He’s one of those guys who, as a competitor, really wants to be out there,” Boykin said. “He tells me all the time, ‘I wish I could play, I wish I could play.’ I would love to have him back. As far as his best interests, it’s about taking care of himself and his health right now.”

Coach Gary Patterson said he met with Catalon and his mother last week and that any decisions will likely be made in the spring.

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