Triplets of the Big 12: TCU

Posted August 15th, 2014


Today’s triplets (we’ve already done Oklahoma): TCU.

Matt Joeckel, QB: 22 of 37 for 293 yards and 2 TDs — at Texas A&M. Completed 59.5 percent of his passes, had a 143.8 passer rating, and didn’t throw a pick.

B.J. Catalon, RB: 107 carries, 569 yards, 6 TDs. Led TCU in carries and yards. Averaged 5.3 yards a carry.


Trevone Boykin, WR: 26 catches for 204 yards. Didn’t catch a TD. Also played quarterback (105-176-1,198, 7/7). Finished fifth on the team in catches and yards, but only ninth in average yards per catch (7.8).

About the Horned Frogs’ triplets:

TCU coach Gary Patterson is hoping no one recognizes his offense this year. And he means that in a good way.

Patterson finally became an up-tempo spread believer, buying into what the rest of the Big 12 seemed to know.

Faster is better.

He hired two new co-coordinators this offseason, luring Sonny Cumbie away from Texas Tech and Doug Meacham from Houston.

Now, who will be the quarterback?

Patterson will choose between Boykin, who in 2012 and 2013 was elevated to first team because of injury and discipline issues with Casey Pachall, or Matt Joeckel, formerly of Texas A&M. Joeckel, taking note that the Aggies were leaning toward youth at the quarterback spot, graduated early and transferred to TCU.

Joeckel is familiar with the up-tempo pace, thanks to his time spent backing up Johnny Manziel.

If Joeckel wins the starting spot, look for Boykin to move back to receiver. That was his spot at the end of 2013, when Pachall came back from a broken arm.

“I think the key is to find the (quarterback) that has the swagger, that allows us to move the football, score the points, and the guy that’s not going to turn the ball over,” Patterson said. “(I) felt like last year, if we just would have done that, we would have had an opportunity to win a couple more ball games. So really, that’s what we’re trying. It’s just finding that guy that makes the offense go, and when you put all the pieces of the puzzle together, what makes us the best football team we can possibly be.”

Boykin’s probably TCU’s top receiver. He averaged 17 yards per catch on 26 receptions last season. Josh Doctson, a one-time Wyoming Cowboy, returns for his junior year after catching 39 passes in 2013.

Catalon returns at tailback. He’s led the team in rushing the past two seasons with Patterson rotating his backs. But he could be pressed for playing time by Kyle Hicks, a redshirt freshman.

Tomorrow’s triplets: Kansas State

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