Boyce Takes on Leadership Role

TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce is ready to help the Frogs' transition into the Big 12.

Josh Boyce came to TCU out of Copperas Cove as part of the Frogs' very impressive 2009 class. Surprisingly though, there wasn't a lot of talk of what exactly the team would be receiving with his arrival.

Well, with exception of one person; TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

With players such as quarterback Casey Pachall and running back Waymon James (two 4-star players), Patterson said at the time he felt Boyce had all the tools to be the top recruit in the class. As Boyce enters his redshirt junior season, Patterson has proved once again that he has an eye for talent.

In two years Boyce has hauled in 95 catches for 1,644 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's on pace to break several school receiving records with two years of eligibility remaining. Everyone remembers his 93-yard catch and run for a score in TCU's dominating 47-7 win at Utah his freshman season which happens to be the Frogs' third-longest play from scrimmage in school history.

Last year his game against Boise State when he hauled in 5 catches for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns was remarkable. But what's remembered the most is the second biggest two-point play in the Patterson era. See the Rose Bowl for the first.

Boyce fell just shy of the 1,000 yard mark in 2011, missing it by 2 yards as he finished with 998 yards. But it's not about the individual yards for Boyce, like other TCU players remarks, team comes first, individuals come second.

"It was a big deal but it really isn't; as long as the team is winning I have no problem with where my stats are," he said.

As the headliner of a loaded group of talented receivers, six of which run 4.4 in the forty, Boyce feels the Frogs' group of receivers should be mentioned with the best in the country.

"I think we're up there in the top because we all can run, we're all pretty big, we're strong, run pretty good routes and we can block so I think that puts us up there with the best of them," Boyce said.

It wasn't long ago, when needed, Boyce would look for advice from former standouts Jimmy Young or Jeremy Kerley. Now he's in the leadership role and relishes the opportunity to help players the same way he was help as a younger player.

"When I came in there were a lot of older guys and they helped me out a lot of older guys and they helped me out a lot," he said. "This year it's just me and Skye (Dawson), we're the only older guys in the receivers group so I'm trying to do what those guys did for me when they need help on and off the field they can call me.

"They're doing real good; they look up to me so I lead by example. I try to do everything right so they can follow me."

Under Patterson TCU developed the reputation of being a defensive force. While the defense hasn't played to their accustomed top five finishes, it's given the offense time to flourish and in the process, gain more respect.

With so many weapons returning Boyce says the offense has a simple goal in mind.

"We want to score every time we get the ball, whether that's a field goal or touchdown, just something to help the defense out a little bit," he said. "They say the Big 12 is an offensive conference so we want to help the defense out as much as we can."

While he's quick to admit that team comes first, reaching the 1,000 yard mark was and still is something that creeps into his mind every now and then, especially after coming so close in 2011. But there is a silver lining.

"I still have another year to do better," he said.

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