Countdown of TCU Impact Players: No. 2

Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel slide in at number two on Horned Frog Blitz's list of impact players for TCU. Boykin and Joeckel will share the second spot until a starter is named.


Position: QB

Class: JR

Ht.6'2" Wt.205

2013 Stats: 1198 pass yards, 313 yards rushing, 204 yards receiving


Position: QB

Class: SR

Ht.6'5" Wt.237

2013 Stats: Transferred from Texas A&M

What makes Joeckel and Boykin impact players?

Here's what we know.

Matt Joeckel has matched Trevone Boykin step-for-step so far in fall camp. The question coming into camp was whether he could push Boykin for the starting job.

Gary Patterson has said both quarterbacks remain even, so the offensive staff for TCU must decide whether Boykin is more valuable as a receiver or a quarterback. If the two are even, starting Joeckel at quarterback would allow Boykin to play receiver and return punts.

Both quarterbacks have significant question marks on their resume. Boykin has presided over a terrible two year stretch for the Frogs, but Matt Joeckel has played sparingly over the last three years. However, both have shown a good understanding of the new offense, and both have had their share of shining moments in camp.

Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie says that TCU's offense will not change regardless of whether they have a mobile quarterback or pocket passer. Jocekel is taller and can see over the offensive line more easily, but Boykin is able to extend plays with his feet.

Sources who have watched the Frogs' scrimmages say Boykin continues to tuck the ball and panic when pressure comes. In order for the elusive quarterback to take the next step in his development, he must show that he is able to keep his eyes downfield before immediately scrambling.

Regardless of who ultimately emerges as the Frogs starting quarterback, either can lay a claim to the second spot on the countdown of impact players. Boykin or Joeckel's ability to lead the TCU offense will ultimately decide how improved the unit is. Cumbie and fellow offensive coordinator Doug Meacham need consistency from the position.

The offensive staff will find a way to keep Boykin on the field whether he is the quarterback or not. His athleticism and skill-set cannot sit on the sidelines for long. It's a debate that has long inflamed the passion of TCU fans -- is Boykin a better receiver or quarterback? Let's let Doug Meacham or Sonny Cumbie decide. Regardless of where he plays, he's always a threat because of his speed.

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