I missed the story about Boykin declining to work with Whitfield. Just a testament to Cumbie's abilities.
With Cumbie also serving as quarterbacks coach, Trevone Boykin went from emergency quarterback as a sophomore to full-time quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate as a junior, breaking numerous school records in two years while leading the Horned Frogs to a 22-3 record.
Boykin declined an invitation to work with nationally renowned private quarterback instructor George Whitfield this past off-season in order to continue his training with Cumbie.
He's better than the QB that made it, IMO.
The finalists are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The players who were invited appeared on at least 75 percent of the ballots submitted by the more than 900 voters. Each ballot listed three names.
Injuries hindered both of these rosters, but they should both be in pretty good health when they meet on January 2nd.
Both teams can legitimately ask themselves, 'what if?' What if Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who had the tall task of replacing Marcus Mariota, had never been injured early in the season? What if TCU's stellar QB Trevone Boykin had not missed the 30-29 loss against the Sooners?
It doesn't really matter now. Those circumstances can't change. But both teams enter the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, just a four-hour drive from the TCU campus in Forth Worth, with plenty of motivation.
Boykin won the award in 2014.
TCU is the only school with more than one finalist this season. The other finalists are Corey Coleman (Baylor), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Greg Ward Jr. (Houston).
Boykin is also a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
TCU will need to minimize mistakes in the game against the Huskies.
"We could have beaten South Dakota State … we should have beaten South Dakota State if we make a play or two," Johnson said. "Rhode Island, we were up. Same thing with SMU, it was back and forth. When you look at tape, I think, ‘did they create that turnover or is this what we did?’ We had so many unforced turnovers."