Following a bar fight that led to TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin allegedly striking a police officer, TCU has suspended its starting quarterback for the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. Wide receiver Preston Miller has also been suspended for the game. Both players have suspended under the vague terms of violations of team rules, although you can connect the dots for Boykin’s suspension.
“Trevone Boykin and Preston Miller have been suspended for Saturday’s game due to a violation of team rules, ” a statement from TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Thursday morning. “We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio.”
Boykin was arrested early Thursday morning in San Antonio after striking a bicycle patrol officer following a bar fight. According to reports, Boykin was being harassed by patrons who recognized him at a bar when things got heated and Boykin struck a patron at the bar. Boykin and his friends were forced to leave the establishment, but trouble continued outside the bar. A police officer on a bicycle wrestled Boykin to the ground after Boykin allegedly attempted to swing at multiple officers on the scene. Boykin was charged for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication. The suspension from the game brings an unceremonious end to the college career of Boykin, a senior, and could have a negative impact on his draft stock heading into the draft cycle. Basically, this could not have happened at a worst time for Boykin.
Boykin was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate according to many, although injuries and losses in conference play took him out of the running despite a season with 3,575 passing yards and 31 touchdowns to go along with 612 rushing yards. Boykin helped lead a renewed TCU offense to a share of the Big 12 title in 2014, passing for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions and 707 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Miller has appeared in four games this season, in which he has one catch for six yards.
TCU is scheduled to play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday, January 2. Oregon was a slight one-point favorite, and that line should grow more in favor of the Ducks.
What was supposed to be one of the top games of the year on the college football calendar has been diminished in its importance this week as it relates to the national championship and Big 12 picture, but that will not stop Baylor and TCU from going all out for a win this weekend. Unfortunately, both teams are facing some injury concerns with their starting quarterbacks in the days leading up to the game.
On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said his starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin, is still not 100 percent ready to go but is showing signs of improvement. Boykin did not play against Oklahoma this past weekend in Norman. Boykin is working his way back from an ankle injury suffered a couple of weeks ago against Kansas. If Boykin is unavailable to play against the Bears, TCU will likely go with Bram Kohlhausen at quarterback. Kohlhausen came off the sideline to lead a late TCU rally against the Sooners that nearly led to a victory (a two-point conversion attempt that would have won the game was knocked down).
In Waco, Art Briles is hoping his backup quarterback will be good to go against the Horned Frogs. Freshman Jarrett Stidham, who has filled in for an injured Seth Russell, is questionable for this weekend, and Briles appears to be less than optimistic about his chances of playing.
Stidham rallied after getting roughed up in a loss to Oklahoma the previous week. Before leaving the game with Oklahoma State with an injury, Stidham passed for 258 yards and a touchdown and picked up 36 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts to help Baylor rebound from its first loss of the season. Chris Johnson stepped in to lead the offense after Stidham left the game, and he completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns with one interception thrown.
As the week goes by, both teams will be closely monitoring the status of their quarterbacks. Baylor still remains lurking in the College Football Playoff picture, even by a hair at this point with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State playing this week to determine the true Big 12 champion. TCU is out of the discussion with two losses but can still play spoiler. TCU also has a revenge factor after letting one slip away against Baylor last season for their only loss of the year, which likely prevented TCU from entering the playoff.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson says quarterback Trevone Boykin will not start today’s Big 12 contest with Oklahoma. Foster Sawyer will get the start for the Horned Frogs as they look to find a way to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.
Boykin’s status all week leading up to the game against the Sooners was in doubt all week due to the quarterback’s ankle injury taken during a win against Kansas. TCU will also be without star wide receiver Josh Doctson, who has already been ruled out for each of TCU’s final regular season games due to a wrist injury.
Sawyer filled in for the injured Boykin last week against Kansas. He completed just one of his seven pass attempts for 42 yards and a score. Sawyer also rushed eight times for 34 yards in TCU’s 23-17 win against the Jayhawks. Things should be considerably tougher tonight, as Oklahoma is surging right now and coming off a big win on the road against Baylor. The Sooners also have the Big 12’s best pass defense, allowing just 186.4 yards per game through the air and 13 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions.
TCU visits Oklahoma at 8 p.m. ET.
TCU still has a shot to win the Big 12 even after losing to Oklahoma State recently, but this weekend’s matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners will not be an easy one. It may be even more difficult as two key members of the offense, quarterback Trevone Boykin and wide receiver Josh Doctson are questionable for this weekend’s Big 12 clash.
“I don’t know yet,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Monday when asked about the status for Boykin. “He and Josh Doctson possibly questionable. Will know more tomorrow.”
Boykin left Saturday’s game against Kansas with an ankle injury. Foster Sawyer stepped in to fill in for the injured Boykin as TCU avoided a big upset at home against Kansas. He will be expected to continue to lead the offense if Boykin is unavailable this week. Doctson injured his wrist the previous week against Oklahoma State.
TCU upset then-No. 4 Oklahoma last season in early October, which helped spark the national championship pursuit by the Horned Frogs. It was a bit of a landmark win for the program and proof TCU was ready to start making a run in its new conference home of the Big 12 after a bit of a transition from the Mountain West Conference. Boykin passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns in the win, and Doctson was on the receiving end of 76 of those yards. Oklahoma is coming off a big win in Waco against Baylor, putting the Sooners back in the mix for the Big 12 title, and perhaps a spot in the playoff. A win against TCU would keep that a possibility.
A total of 17 of the nation’s top quarterbacks have been named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award Monday by the Davey O’Brien Foundation. One of a handful of individual awards tailored for quarterbacks, the Davey O’Brien Award is the nation’s oldest of its kind. This year’s semifinalists include some familiar names as well, including Michigan State’s Connor Cook, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott. All three were named semifinalists last season (Boykin and Prescott would later be named finalists). It also includes a handful of passers from the Group of Five, including Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, Houston’s Greg Ward Jr. and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds out of the American Athletic Conference and Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson (MAC) and Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky (Conference USA).
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota took home the award last season, becoming the first Pac-12 player to win the award since UCLA’s Troy Aikman won the award in 1988. The Pac-12 has some good candidates on the list of semifinalists again this season as well.
2015 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalists
- Trevone Boykin (TCU)
- Connor Cook (Michigan State)
- Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky)
- Luke Falk (Washington State)
- Jared Goff (California)
- Kevin Hogan (Stanford)
- Matt Johnson (Bowling Green)
- Cody Kessler (USC)
- Paxton Lynch (Memphis)
- Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)
- Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
- Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)
- Keenan Reynolds (Navy)
- Josh Rosen (UCLA)
- Seth Russell (Baylor)
- Greg Ward Jr. (Houston)
- Deshaun Watson (Clemson)