Trevone Boykin wants to play quarterback, but the former TCU star is leaving open the possibility of moving to receiver at the next level.
Boykin only went through quarterback drills at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, but the 6-foot, 212-pounder said he will work as a receiver for scouts if requested at TCU’s Pro Day or during individual workouts.
“I’m totally open to it,” he said. “If you look at my college career at TCU, I bounced around from receiver to running back to quarterback, but my heart is at quarterback. It’s something I’ve been doing. It’s something I put up great stats at, something I’ve been doing for the past couple of years, almost my whole life, and I just happen to be a great athlete.”
Boykin has spent the past few weeks working with personal quarterbacks coach Rich Bartel at the IMG Academy in Florida. He has worked mainly from under center, something he didn’t do in TCU’s Air Raid offense.
Boykin ran a 4.77 in the 40-yard dash and had a 32-inch vertical Saturday before throwing during the first quarterback session. He will get another chance to throw at TCU’s Pro Day on March 31.
“I thought he did pretty well,” said Bartel, the former Tarleton State and Cowboys quarterback. “Candidly, he thought he’d run a little bit better in the 40, but in terms of the throwing and the quarterbacking aspect, he looked pretty dang good. This is a small piece of the pie, but it’s a piece. Now, we have to look forward to the Pro Day, which is going to be fun for him to really showcase there.”
Boykin has had to answer tough questions from NFL teams about his arrest for hitting a police officer who was attempting to break up a bar fight two days before TCU’s bowl game. The Horned Frogs suspended him and sent him home before their 47-41 victory over Oregon in triple overtime Jan. 2.
“I told them the truth,” Boykin said. “I told them exactly what happened from every detail. Either they accept it or they don’t. I mean I’m truly remorseful for what happened. I devastated not only myself, but the city of Fort Worth and the last name Boykin. I mean I wear it with pride. I wear TCU with pride, so having that happen to me, I just try to move forward and be positive about it and show that I am remorseful for it, show that I have learned from it, and it’s something that won’t ever happen again.”
Boykin said he has heard from Maurice Clarett, whose career was ruined by 3 1/2 years in prison for robbery and concealed weapon charges. He also has spoken to former TCU and NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
“You can look at my whole body of work, and [I’ve had] one incident throughout my whole college career,” Boykin said. “You can’t let one incident define you at all. It is something that you have to move past and move forward. I feel like I am doing that pretty well. I was able to get away for six weeks and think about it all and try and move forward. Going and working hard every day is something I pride myself on.”
Despite little training because of a groin injury, TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee still sought to break the 40-yard dash record at the combine.
Wearing his adizero 5-star 40 cleats, in hopes of cashing in on the $1 million prize offered by adidas, Listenbee ran a 4.35. It was the second-fastest among his position group to Notre Dame’s Will Fuller, who ran a 4.32, but didn’t threaten Chris Johnson’s record 4.24 from 2008.
“That’s the reason why I ran so I could break the record,” Listenbee said Saturday. “I’m a competitor. I wanted to go out there and break the record. I didn’t, but I also still might have a chance to get a paid a little bit.”
Listenbee initially injured his groin early in the season against SMU on a touchdown pass when he landed on his tailbone. He rarely practiced after that, he said, taking a pain-killing injection to make it through games.
He then later strained his other groin, missing the Senior Bowl and most of his pre-combine training to rehab.
“I could definitely go 4.2, maybe 4.1 if I got a chance, if I’m 100 percent,” Listenbee said. “Right now, I’m hurt, and I’m still running a good time.”
Listenbee, who caught 30 passes for 597 yards and nine touchdowns last season, doubts he will run the 40 at TCU’s Pro Day on March 31.
“The 4.35 is a great number I already have, and then I already have a good 100 time [10.04],” Listenbee said. “I had the fastest 100 time in the nation [last year]. I feel like that should say enough for me not to run. It depends on how I feel. If I get 100 percent by then, I might run.”
The combine honored longtime scout C.O. Brocato, who died last year, by painting “CO” on the field and leaving a chair with a Titans hat and jacket near the end of the 40-yard dash.
A former assistant coach at UT Arlington, he was based in Arlington.
Brocato, 85, died last year after a battle with cancer.