W.Virginia Prepares For Boykin
MORGANTOWN – Despite watching Texas Christian quarterback Trevone Boykin limp off the field last week, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen is preparing his squad for the QB’s presence.
Boykin replaced Casey Pachall as the Horned Frogs quarterback about a month ago, allowing for Pachall to enter into a substance abuse rehabilitation program. Since Boykin assumed the starting role, TCU has floundered with three losses in four games.
”The four games that we broke down are the ones that he has been in,” Holgorsen said. ”We don’t know if he is going to play or not. They don’t know if any of our guys are going to play or not.
”You prepare for what’s on tape. I doubt if they are going to be able to change their scheme in a week. You can’t come up with 100 different ways to put the ball in play. Schemes are hard to switch.
”What you do is what you do.”
Boykin, just a freshman, figures to improve as the season goes along, Holgorsen said.
”He is a dual-threat guy that is dangerous with his feet,” the coach said. ”He has some weapons around him.
”The receivers they have are guys that could have gone to other quality, quality programs.
”They do a tremendous job of distributing the ball to a bunch of different people.”
WVU linebacker Jared Barber said Boykin fits into the role of a Big 12 quarterback.
”The quarterbacks in the Big East, they were tough,” Barber said. ”They were physically and mentally tough kids.
”The quarterbacks in the Big 12 are playmakers. (Boykin) can sling the ball. He’s really athletic and a tough kid.
”I think they are going to try and sling it around a little bit. They’re fast and athletic. I think passing will be what they’re going to try and focus on with us.”
TCU is planning a late arrival in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
The Horned Frogs originally planned to fly into West Virginia on Friday and have a walkthrough at the stadium before going to its hotel in the Pittsburgh area.
Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday his team will instead conduct all of its normal day-before-game routine at home. The Frogs will do their walkthrough, video tests and pregame dinner at home before flying directly to Pittsburgh and arriving at their hotel around 10 p.m. Friday.
It was snowing Tuesday in West Virginia, but the long-term forecast is for partly cloudy conditions with temperatures in the upper 40s for kickoff Saturday afternoon between the Big 12 newcomers.