5 Players to Watch: TCU

Demetrio looks at five Horned Frogs to focus on for this weekend's rivalry game at Ford Stadium.

1. QB Trevone Boykin

To put Boykin’s athleticism into perspective: in 2013 Boykin became the first player in TCU history and the only player in the nation (during the season) to have a 100-yard rushing game, 100-yard receiving game and a 200-yard passing game. So far in 2014, Boykin has continued to be a multi-purpose weapon of mass destruction for the Horned Frogs- compiling over 121 yards on the ground and 578 through the air.

2. WR Josh Doctson

Through two games, TCU already has 14 different players with at least one reception. So, figuring out where the ball is going is fairly difficult to predict. However, after last week’s two touchdown performance, junior wide-out Josh Doctson is as good a bet as any. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 190-pounds, he is a big target. In 2013, he recorded 27 catches in the final five games after only making nine catches in the first seven. He only has eight catches this season and those two touchdowns were his first in 2014- he is too big of a weapon to be underutilized so he should get a lot of looks on Saturday.

3. KR/WR Deante' Gray

Just like Boykin, Gray is like a Swiss Army knife- not only is a receiver, he also returns kicks, can run the ball, and he can play corner back if need be. Through two games, he is second on the team (behind Boykin 121) in all-purpose yards with 119. Gray may get fewer touches than Boykin, but he can hurt teams in a plethora of ways, which makes him, arguably, the Horned Frogs most dangerous player.

4. LB Paul Dawson

At 6-2 230 pounds, Paul Dawson is a human wrecking ball. He leads TCU in tackles with 24 (15 solo), tackles for a loss (four), recovered fumbles (two), and he’s also tied for the lead in interceptions (one), break ups (two) and passes defended (three). Last season he led the Horned Frogs on defense making 91 tackles at clip of about 7.6 stops a game. Through two games this year he has more than tripled his output. Look for Dawson to make a big impact on Saturday.

5. S Chris Hackett

Last season Chris Hackett finished second on the team in tackles with 88. He is third for the Horned Frogs through two games in 2014 with 14. Hackett is also one of four TCU players with an interception. In 2013, Hackett was a second-team Associated Press Big 12 selection after creating turnovers in five out of 12 games. The 6-2, 195 pound junior is a ball hawking safety that looks to make big plays. There is no question he will play a huge role in the outcome of Saturday’s battle for the Iron Skillet.


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