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TCU quarterback Boykin focused on not making mistakes

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 11:16 p.m.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin passes the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

TCU coach Gary Patterson calls it the Andy Dalton rule.

Dalton, the former TCU quarterback who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, didn't always have the look of an NFL quarterback.

Patterson wondered if Dalton would become a successful collegiate quarterback.

The same early traits that Patterson attributed to Dalton are now being applied to redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin, who has thrown for 1,122 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 334 yards and two scores.

“You don't have to do anything fantastic. Just don't do anything bad,” Patterson said. “That's what I said about Andy four or five years ago. That's what Trevone needs to do.”

Despite his growing pains and a knee injury suffered last week against Oklahoma State, Boykin is expected to make his fifth career start Saturday against No. 21 West Virginia (2-2, 5-2 Big 12) at Milan Puskar Stadium.

“Their quarterback can sling the ball,” WVU linebacker Jared Barber said. “He's really athletic and a tough kid.”

Patterson wants Boykin to display more of his athletic instincts and not hesitate to run when his receivers are covered. Some of Boykin's interceptions are the result of forcing throws instead of electing to run.

“Get the ball in the right hands,” Patterson said. “If you don't have anybody open, run with the football.

“That's how the Andy Dalton rule came about. Manage the game.”

Like Boykin, Dalton also started as a redshirt freshman at TCU (2-3, 5-3).

Dalton holds school records in passing yards, touchdown passes and career wins. In Dalton's final college season, TCU finished 13-0 and defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He was a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Where Dalton won the starting job, Boykin was forced into the lineup when junior Casey Pachall was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Pachall left school to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility, resulting in Boykin becoming the emergency starter.

In his first start, Boykin was 23 of 40 for 270 yards. He tossed one touchdown and three interceptions in a 37-23 loss to Iowa State.

Boykin's best performance came in his second start, a 49-21 win over Baylor. Boykin was 22 of 30 for 261 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Last week, Boykin completed 21 of 40 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 36-14 loss to Oklahoma State.

“Trevone just needs to calm down,” Patterson said. “He's had enough conversations with me to understand he needs to get himself ready to go.”

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com.

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