Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. TCU

Demo breaks down five TCU players to watch on Saturday against SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet.

QB Trevone Boykin

Sr. 6-2, 205 pounds

You can’t talk about TCU without mentioning Boykin. A phenomenal athlete that has gotten better at throwing the ball during his time as a Horned Frog, Boykin is a true dual-threat quarterback. TCU is no slouch and with the athletic senior under center their offense is incredibly dynamic. He doesn’t run nearly as often as he could and that makes him even more dangerous because he threat of him taking off is always there. The Heisman hopeful has thrived under TCU's co-offensive coordinators, but the past two years, it has taken him a couple of games to hit his stride. SMU is hoping they can slow him down this week.

WR Josh Doctson

Sr. 6-3, 195 pounds

Also a second-team All Big 12 selection and also a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Doctson is the Horned Frogs primary receiver. He set a TCU single-season record for receiving yards last year with 1,018 and touchdown catches with seven. He’s looking to build on those numbers from last season, but is off to a bit of a slow start—kind of like Green. That has a lot to do with Boykin spreading it around to a bunch of receivers. The Horned frogs have eight receivers with three or more catches and all six of TCU’s passing touchdowns were caught by different receivers. As TCU’s season moves along, look for Boykin to start targeting Doctson more and for his totals to skyrocket.

S Derrick Kindred

Sr. 5-10, 210 pounds

Lining up opposite Johnson, Kindred has been a force to be reckoned with. He leads the team in tackles with 12. Last season he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection after finishing third on the team with 80 tackles including 64 solo. He also tallied four interceptions. Kindred can make plays and alter the way offenses are run. His fingerprints will be all over Saturday’s game.

RB Aaron Green

Sr. 5-11 205 pounds

Green has been TCU’s lead back through the first two games, getting the bulk of the carries. Last season, he earned second-team All-Big 12 Honors and led TCU with 922 yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging 4.5 yards a carry and his longest run so far only went for 15. Last season he had a 65 yard run against Kansas State, so we know he has the wheels. Chalk up his low rushing totals over the first two games to low volume—has only 24 carries this season. He’s off to a bit of a slow start here in 2015 with 108 yards and two touchdowns, but expect him to start making up for it.

S Denzel Johnson

Jr. 6-2, 205 pounds

Johnson is fifth on the team in total tackles and is the only Horned Frog with an interception. Last season, he played in every game and totaled just 16 tackles in a reserve role. Now he plays a bigger part in the defense and has already shown off his playmaking ability. Johnson has played in every single game all two years that he has been at TCU. When he was a freshman, he was a special teamer and made four solo stops on kickoff returns in TCU’s 48-17 win over SMU. He can fly around the football field. He can lay a hit. He can make plays on the ball. You can expect to see him do it all this weekend.

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