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Friday Links O' War: July 10, 2015

Lots of links for your Friday; Boykin, speed, baseball, and all-around good guy Jerry Hughes are among the highlights!

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Boykin Talks Heisman Hype, Manning Passing Academy, and Titles - Dallas Morning News

Consider the week TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is having. Oddsmakers have installed the West Mesquite product as the current favorite to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday before the Texas Rangers game as part of TCU Day festivities. Today, he’s on his way to the famed Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana to work with NFL QBs Peyton and Eli and other high-profile college QBs.

TCU QB Throws Out First Pitch at Rangers Game - Yahoo Sports

"Yeah, I didn’t bounce it. I didn’t 50 Cent it. I feel pretty good about it," Boykin said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I’m going to keep the ball forever. I’ll never let this one go. It’s the first one."

TCU's Trevone Boykin goes from unknown WR to Heisman favorite - Tulsa World

Preseason Heisman lists are like preseason polls. They are highly inaccurate but reflect perceptions formed through history, both long term and recent.

It is nothing more than a starting point, but Boykin’s position on top of the Heisman list is another indicator that TCU is clearly the team to beat in the Big 12 this season.

Is Trevone Boykin Cursed to be the Heisman Favorite? - NewsOK

Of course, the most important thing to TCU is not that Boykin win the Heisman but that he has a great season. And this history shows it’s likely. Leinart was great in 2005, Quinn was great in 2006, Tebow was great in 2008, McCoy was great in 2009, Luck was great in 2011, Miller was great in 2013 and Winston was great in 2014.

Heisman Candidates Among Manning Passing Academy Invitees - The Times Picayune

Heisman Trophy candidates Trevone Boykin of Texas Christian, Cody Kessler of Southern California and Dak Prescott of Mississippi State are among the 39 college quarterbacks scheduled to participate in this week's Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux. Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee is also among the invites.

Is TCU the Best Team in the Big 12 - Today's U

Other than Ohio State, TCU seems to be the most feared team in college football. It is simply because they play every aspect of the game to perfection. Trevone Boykin can beat you in the pocket, scrambling, throwing, running, or handing the ball off to Aaron Green and B.J. Catalon. The defense creates pressure and intercepts thrown balls better than any team in the Big 12.

TCU Season Predictions - Doc's Sports Service

I don't care what anyone says: TCU got screwed. The Horned Frogs were snubbed from the college football playoffs last year in favor of a team from the pathetic Big Ten. The politics of the decision to exclude TCU have been discussed ad nausea in the national press. But one thing is certain: this year's team will be using last year's snub as serious motivation this fall.

Power Ranking the Top 25 Fastest Football Players - Bleacher Report

The TCU wide receiver posted a blazing time of 10.04 seconds in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships earlier this year, which was the 13th-best mark of any American track star—professional or collegiate. Listenbee also anchored TCU's record-breaking 4x100 team that featured football teammate Echols-Luper.

The Top 50 Players in College Football for 2015 - The Big Lead

42. Josh Doctson [WR – TCU] Came on strong last year with 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns. You know what they say about wide receivers with big hands.

7. Trevone Boykin [QB – TCU] Produced 4,600 total yards and 41 touchdowns last season. Returns with almost everyone else on offense. Scarily, could further improve as a passer.

TCU Running Back Breakdown - Dallas Morning News

The most important back other than Green will be Trevorris Johnson. As a redshirt freshman a year ago, Johnson established himself as an impressive power back willing to grind out long drives and eat some clock while keeping the ball moving. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season and scored four times. When TCU tried to kill time in an eventual 82-point performance against Texas Tech, Johnson totaled 105 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Johnson is the perfect counter to Green, and lining both guys up with Trevone Boykin in the backfield will open up a ton of options for TCU on any given play.
Baseball Facility Upgrades Underway -

Construction has begun on a new Horned Frogs' locker room, classroom, team lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room and coaches' offices. The new facility will be located down the left-field line. A new video board will also be in place for next season. All work will be completed in time for the 2016 campaign.

Former Frogs

Former TCU DE Jerry Hughes Donates to North Side Program - Fort Worth Star Telegram

He and Turner were teammates at TCU in the late 2000s. The Horned Frogs’ 2009 team, which featured seniors Hughes as an all-American defensive end and Turner as the starting running back, reached the Fiesta Bowl.

A few months later, Hughes was drafted in the first round by Indianapolis, where he played three seasons before getting traded to the Buffalo Bills.

He remained closely in touch with Turner, who was promoted to head coach at North Side last month. When Hughes got word of Turner’s hiring, he wanted to help.

Hughes Gives Back, Helps Former Teammate - Inside the Bills

Bills DE Jerry Hughes has some deeper pockets nowadays following his long term contract extension with Buffalo this offseason. But Hughes is making use of his raise to benefit his local Texas community and help a former college teammate in the process.

TCU Transfer Tyler Matthews Anxious for Game Action - Sun Herald

Matthews sat out last year with a redshirt after transferring in from TCU, where he saw limited time on the field in four games as a redshirt freshman.

After not playing a game in almost two years, Matthews is anxious to take a snap in game action.

"It's tough. I want to get back out there and play," Matthews said. "I've got that burning fire that makes me want to get back out there. I've just got to keep working hard."

The Wichita, Kan., native is upbeat about how the summer is going and he points to the role of new strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin in making the offseason a productive one.