TCU Football has arguably been the most dominant Texas football team over the course of the last decade. TCU has Gary Patterson to thank for this improbable run, but they can also thank the great quarterback play that they have been blessed with. Andy Dalton played from 2007 to 2010 and led the Horned Frogs to a Rose Bowl victory in his senior year. Trevone Boykin played from 2012 to 2015 and led TCU to a incredible 11-1 season, which ended in disappointment when the committee left the Frogs (and its Big 12 rivals Baylor) out of the playoffs.
With the departure of starting quarterback Kenny Hill, Shawn Robinson (6’2 225lbs.) appears to be the favorite to start for TCU this season. Last season Robinson played in five games, including one start against Texas Tech. Robinson tallied 184 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air, and 159 rushing yards last season through his five games.
From a pure football perspective, Trevone Boykin was everything that you could want in a college quarterback. He had a hell of an arm and could use his speed to kill defenses. Throughout his career in Fort Worth, Boykin recorded 10,727 passing yards and 86 passing touchdowns. In addition to his incredible passing numbers, he also rushed for 2049 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In his high school career, which ended in a state championship for Desoto, Shawn Robinson threw for 7646 yards and 75 touchdowns and rushed for 4452 yards and 53 touchdowns. The stats between the two quarterbacks is very similar, although Robinson is bigger, stronger, and maybe . . . faster. The promise in Robinson is awesome and he should have college football fans excited.
Simply having a good quarterback is not going to get it done for the Horned Frogs this year. They also have a really strong defense led by Ben Banogu, who was named Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Gary Patterson has made defense a priority throughout his years at TCU, which is unique in the Big 12 where scoring 50 does not guarantee a win.
TCU will also rely on the run game this year. Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua will split running back snaps, and Kavonte Turpin, perhaps the most dangerous Frog, may also be seen in the back field at some points this season, but will mostly be used as a deadly special teams returner and a receiver. The rest of the receiving corps has great promise, with players like Jalen Reagor and Omar Manning lining up at the wideout position.
TCU’s team is packed with talent and the only real question left is, how good will Shawn Robinson be? If he is anything like he was in high school, TCU will challenge for the Big 12 this season and make a case for themselves on Selection Sunday.