On a banner night for TCU, quarterback Trevone Boykin joined his coach in taking home hardware, being recognized as the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award winner. The award, given to the top offensive player who "exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals". Given only to players who were either born in, played high school in, or attended a junior college or university in the state of Texas, Boykin beat out Baylor QB Bryce Petty (who won the inaugural award in 2013), Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, and Boise State running back Jay Ajayi to garner the honors.
Boykin set single season records for passing yards (3,901), touchdown passes (33), total touchdowns (42), and total offense (4,608), as he led the Frogs to a 12-1 record, Big 12 conference title, and Peach Bowl victory over Ole Miss. He was second in the country in total offense per game with 354,5 yards and was just the third QB in the past five yards to average 300+ yards passing and 50+ yards rushing per game. Heading in to the season, Boykin was expected to compete with transfer Matt Joeckel for the QB position, and many fans expected him to play WR, where he had been one of the Frogs best weapons the previous year until Casey Pachall got hurt. Thankfully, he won the job outright, and flourished in Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham's explosive Air Raid offense, setting up one of the most dramatic one year offensive turnarounds in college football's recent history.
During his record-setting season, Boykin was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week four times, the Earl Campbell National Player of the Week twice, finished fourth in the Heisman trophy voting, and was named an All-American by four different organizations, including the AP and Walter Camp Association. He was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and the Chick Fil A Bowl Offensive MVP. Boykin's incredible season culminated with the Frogs being named the #3 team in the final AP poll and should lead to a top five pre-season ranking in 2015. Boykin is also expected to be a Heisman favorite heading in to the fall.
Congrats to Trevone Boykin and we all look forward to seeing what the junior does as a senior next year, with the bulk of his offensive weapons returning!