As Boykin era ends, TCU has no shortage of potential replacements
Trevone Boykin is expected to be healthy and ready to play in TCU’s bowl game. It will end Boykin’s collegiate career and cap one of the most explosive two-year periods of Horned Frogs offense in the program’s history.
It will also start Gary Patterson’s search for TCU’s next quarterback. He will not have a shortage of choices. TCU will return four quarterbacks and two more recruits are expected to join the mix.
Redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer got a chance to give Horned Frogs fans a sneak peek at his abilities late in the season after Boykin injured his ankle. But Sawyer, a hometown Fort Worth product, certainly isn’t locked in as the heir apparent.
Waiting in the shadows is humbled junior Kenny Hill, who looked great as Texas A&M’s starter early in the 2014 season only to run into issues that got him replaced by Kyle Allen and suspended from the team. Hill, who is fond of the nickname "Trill" – a combination of true and real — sat out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
Also returning are sophomore Zach Allen and redshirt freshman Grayson Muehlstein.
Dual-threat quarterback commit D’Eriq King out of Manvel, Texas, is a player some compare to Boykin because of his ability to use his legs to keep plays alive. He’s led his high school team to three consecutive playoff victories with basketball-like scoring of 71, 70 and 75 points playing in Texas’ largest classification. He is the Class 6A career touchdowns leader, having passed Texas A&M freshman Kyler Murray earlier this season.
Joining King in the 2016 class is three-star pocket-passer Brennen Wooten of San Angelo Central.
Whichever player wins the job next fall will have some mighty big shoes to fill. In both 2014 and 2015, Boykin has averaged more than 300 yards per game passing and 50 yards rushing. Since 2009, the only others to accomplish the feat were Heisman Trophy winners Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel. Boykin has a 22-2 record as a starting quarterback during that two-year stretch.