2014 Spring Blitz: Quarterbacks

TCU starts spring camp on Saturday and today HFB.com takes a look at the most intriguing battle this spring; quarterback.

The Frogs offense has a fresh slate and three scholarship quarterbacks will compete for the starting keys to the new high-flying scheme.
Trevone Boykin
Tyler Matthews
Zach Allen
RS Freshman
Carson Snyder (walk-on)
Grayson Muehlstein - summer arrival
Foster Sawyer - summer arrival

Returning Statistical Leaders
Completions: Boykin; 105
Yards: Boykin; 1,198
TD: Boykin; 7
Completion %: Boykin; 59.7%


STRENGTHS: Strong arms, athleticism
WEAKNESS: Depth, game action, consistency

Will Matthews win the QB battle this spring?
Ah yes, with a new offense comes a new battle to see who will take over the reigns at quarterback. The Frogs only have three scholarship quarterbacks competing for the job this spring with Trevone Boykin, Tyler Matthews and Zach Allen. While Boykin has the most game experience of the three, all should start on equal ground with a new offensive scheme under Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie.

Love him or hate him, Boykin will get his shot at quarterback. That's not to say he still won't occasionally line up at receiver. Boykin did take a lot of criticism last season and many would suggest that he regressed from his freshman season. His numbers weren't great with 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Boykin also suffered from reading just one option before taking off for the races. Can he and has he changed this? He was also 2-4 in six starts at quarterback in 2013. While last season was a disappointment, he did show some flashes and he will have a chance once again to prove that he can play quarterback on a consistent basis for the Frogs.

Frog fans saw little of Matthews last season; extremely little. What fans haven't seen is improved arm strength and pinpoint accuracy; he only attempted three passes in 2013. Although Boykin and Matthews' arms compare strength wise, Matthews is a more accurate passer and works with a quarterback coach to improve his passing on a weekly basis. Matthews also fits the prototypical quarterback at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds but he can also move around in the pocket. In other words, he's not going to take a lot of sacks due to lack of speed. He will definitely take the time to make as many reads as his offensive line allows.

Allen could be the most intriguing. While he doesn't boast as strong an arm as Boykin and Matthews, his accuracy is fine. Also, he's the fastest quarterback on the roster with 4.6 speed and word from last season is that he had the most potential to run the spread. TCU won't ask their quarterbacks to run as much in the new system which could affect Allen, but rest assured he will be very much in the mix all spring. Don't sleep on Allen.

It's not for certain a true quarterback will be named by the end of spring camp. With the arrival of Grayson Muehlstein and Foster Sawyer in June, the quarterback battle will be even tighter in the fall. If Meacham and Cumbie have proven anything at their previous stops, they're not afraid to put true freshmen at quarterback. Houston and Texas Tech played four true freshmen at quarterback in 2013.

What to watch: The battle at starter

Is there a bigger question. All three quarterbacks have their pros and cons. The best part about the battle is all three quarterbacks essentially begin on equal footing. Each will be learning the new system for the first time and it will be fun to learn who adapts the best. Although Boykin has the most "game" experience of the three, you can pretty much throw that out the window if he's not able to grasp a new offense. Matthews is primed to take over the starting spot after arriving to TCU as one of the most highly rated quarterbacks Patterson and Co. have recruited. As I mentioned above, don't sleep on Allen. He very well could be the guy standing at the top by the time spring camp is over.

Breakout player: Tyler Matthews

Don't sleep on Zach Allen
Matthews has all the tools to be successful and TCU fans are anxiously waiting to see if he can take over the reigns. He's put in countless hours of watching film of the new system already; sound familiar to a former TCU quarterback? He's also working on continuing to better his throwing whether it be from a strength standpoint or accuracy. Accuracy is one thing Matthews' has never had trouble with; he completed over 70% of his passes during his impressive high school career. Will he step up this spring? All signs point to yes.

Keep an eye on: Zach Allen

Allen has great size for a quarterback and has added 10 pounds since his got on campus last spring. While he's learning a new system like the others, this will be his second spring camp so he's plenty experienced of what life is like as a college player during spring ball. If Allen can grasp the offense and display an adequate enough arm to move the chains, why not Zach Allen for the starter at TCU?

Spring predictions
- Matthews wins spring battle but the battle rolls into fall
- Boykin will alternate between QB and WR all spring
- QB depth chart; Matthews, Allen, Boykin

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