It’s not often that a quarterback has to fight for a starting spot one year after he lead his team to a bowl game and passed for over 2,000 yards.
Trevone Boykin is in that very position for the 2013 season with TCU. Why is he fighting for the starting spot in 2013 if he held it for most of the 2012 season? Well, head coach Gary Patterson welcomed former-starting quarterback Casey Pachall back to the team after some off-field incidents.
Pachall is a senior and was the team’s starter in 2011 and the first four games of 2012 before being suspended indefinitely. He flourished in Patterson’s offense and did so well in 2011 that he was guaranteed the starting spot for the following season even with a talented Boykin coming in as a freshman.
Why should Boykin start next season for the Horned Frogs?
Well, many TCU fans grew accustomed to calling Boykin their starter and their future. The Horned Frogs relied heavily on him as he passed for over 2,000 yards in nine games as starter and being a dual-threat doesn’t hurt his case either.
Boykin rushed for almost 400 yards in 2012 with three touchdowns. He isn’t a rush-first quarterback, but the fact that he can scramble and escape pressure with ease makes him a coach’s dream: a passing quarterback that can run.
Sure, TCU had a losing record with Boykin as the starter, but in the Horned Frogs’ early stages in the Big 12, winning in the conference will be difficult at first. Also, he was a freshman, but still looked like a veteran most of the time.
TCU’s defense wasn’t helping his record at all either. Overall, they are a solid defensive unit, but on multiple occasions they gave up more than 35 points against conference opponents.
Since Pachall has already been given too many chances, it’s Boykin’s turn to take over the Horned Frogs.