Boykin continues to solidify his Heisman case
Before the season many predicted TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin to win the Heisman Trophy, and after eight games, we can certainly say that he has lived up to the hype. Boykin is currently our highest-graded quarterback in the nation with an overall grade of +40.8 and also has the highest passing grade at +35.0.
Boykin graded positively in every game this season and has improved his performance throughout the season. Being a true dual-threat quarterback, Boykin consistently earned positive grades for both his passing and running game. Consequently, the quarterback is more than capable of extending plays and keeping plays alive long after they should have ended. The average time to sack Boykin is 5.36 seconds this season, which is by far the most in the country.
Boykin showed off these traits yet again against West Virginia on Thursday night as he led his team to a dominant 40-10 victory over the Mountaineers. He earned a +5.0 grade on passing plays and was accurate on 23 of his 24 pass attempts within 10 yards. He was especially efficient under pressure as he completed five of his six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown when he was moved off his spot. On most of his attempts however, Boykin had plenty of time as West Virginia sent only three defensive linemen after him and put eight defenders in coverage, forcing Boykin to beat them with accurate throws into tight windows. TCU’s quarterback indeed did just that as he stood calmly in the pocket, waited for receivers to get open and sliced up the Mountaineers’ defense.
Although he played well, Boykin could have earned a higher grade if not for a couple ill-advised throws that were dropped by the West Virginia defenders. On some occasions he took unnecessary risks and tried to throw the ball to receivers who were well covered. However, Boykin yet again made up for these mistakes with his runs as he forced four missed tackles on five quarterback scrambles.
It remains to be seen how Boykin stacks up against the running back duo of Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott in the race for the Heisman Trophy, but if he can keep up his recent form and get his team through the month of November without a loss, he will have a very good case for himself.