Is Boykin playing out his final days under center?
Trevone Boykin could well be going the way of Braxton Miller. No, Gary Patterson isn’t about to revisit attempts to turn his Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback into a wide receiver.
But whichever NFL team decides to take a shot on the impressive, 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete probably will.
NFL Media analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks debated in his weekly "Stock Report" feature which position would make the most sense for Boykin at the next level — cornerback, running back or wide receiver.
Miller’s consensus is receiver, and here’s his reasoning:
"I think with Boykin it could be a position he’s previously played, either wide receiver or running back," Brooks wrote. "He and Braxton Miller are in the same category, kind of a hybrid. Most people will take those guys and make them receivers, just because the transition is easier. The transition to running back can be a little more challenging in terms of bulking up to run it between the tackles, and being a factor in pass protection. I see him as a guy who could play in the slot, but also be a gadget guy, and someone who can help on special teams."
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Of course, Boykin will worry about that later. For now, the senior is leading No. 2 team in the country and engineering one of the most explosive offenses in college football. He’s averaging a Big 12-best 408.8 yards of total offense a game, including 360.4 yards passing while completing 63.3 percent of his passes. Boykin has 19 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.
During his early years at TCU, Patterson used Boykin at quarterback and wide receiver, moving him to the latter when he went with Casey Pachall. After Pachall flamed out, Boykin took over, but he still wasn’t guaranteed of the starting job entering the 2014 season when TCU was transitioning to the "Air Raid" offense. Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel was thought by some to have the inside track.
Patterson said he planned to play both quarterbacks in the 2014 opener. Boykin started and never left the game. The rest is history.
Soon Boykin will discover what his future holds in the NFL.