There has been a lot of talk over the last few weeks about the TCU offense, Trevone Boykin, and the future of the QB position. I wanted to get the thoughts of someone who actually played the game, so I caught up with former TCU WR and Rose Bowl Champion Curtis Clay.
Trey Fallon: As a wide receiver, what is the biggest adjustment the current receivers are going through right now with the change from Casey Pachall to Trevone Boykin?
Curtis Clay: It may be subtle but the WRs will have to get used to Trevone's delivery. Not just his because it's unorthodox, but also because he's shorter than Casey. As a receiver, they'll have to work harder to locate him and locate the ball coming from behind those lineman. Also, and I think most importantly, they have to catch EVERYTHING. I can't stress this enough. For a young QB, they need to make all plays for him to get him going and raise his confidence. We have to eliminate those dropped passes to support our inexperience at QB down the stretch.
TF: Through four games, what are your overall impressions of Trevone Boykin? Can he be the quarterback of the future for the Frogs?
CC: I'm impressed. He's a tough kid for sure. I really admire his grit and how the team responds to his style of leadership. He's made some mistakes, but that's to be expected for a first-year signal caller. But at the same time, he's made plays that make everyone go, "Wow!" I think he's got a great chance to be the QB of the future and he's only going to get better with time. It will be interesting, however, to see what happens if/when a "new" Casey returns to school. As good as Trevone's been, Casey was the starter for a reason.
TF: Although they have faced a lot of injuries and off the field distractions, what is your opinion of this team?
CC: I'm extremely proud of this team. Playing as many freshmen and sophomores as they are, they go out and play hard every week. They have to find a way to finish games but a lot of that comes with experience. My freshmen year, we went 8-5 and our record improved each year, ultimately leading to a perfect season. And talking to some folks in the program, they say this freshman character is very comparable to mine character-wise (and they're definitely better athletes coming from high school).
TF: What would you like to see from this team in the final four games of the regular season and do you think the Frogs make a bowl game?
CC: I want to see the team win a tough one that they're not expected to. The old underdog mentality needs to come out and they have to come out swinging. Every single one of the remaining games will be tough but if we can upset K State or OU, I think it will send a message that we'll be a force to be reckoned with next season. Oh, and stomping the Longhorns wouldn't be bad either. I do think we manage to snag one of these next four and become bowl eligible. I'd settle for a trip to NYC and the Pinstripe Bowl, but I'm not throwing in the towel just yet. I still expect us to be in every one of the remaining games.
TF: Are you still happy that TCU made the move to the Big 12?
CC: Absolutely! We have a ton of good kids with a ton of talent. Give it a year or two and we own this conference. Sit back and watch GP work.