Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin thinks his performance wanes when he does mid-week media interviews, so the senior aske to drop that apparent distraction from his schedule.
"He said, 'Coach, I don't want to talk. I don't play well when I go to this thing,'" Patterson said of his quarterback during his weekly press conference. "He said, 'I'm going to go to class. I'm going to do my thing. I'm going to go on. I need to get back to just being the quarterback.'"
That request was apparently made before the season, and Patterson has obliged. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Boykin spoke to the media at TCU's pre-camp press conference Aug. 4 and has been available after every game.
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Interestingly, not talking to the media on game weeks hasn't necessarily translated to Heisman-type numbers so far. Boykin was criticized in the season-opening win at Minnesota for missing two wide-open receivers that would have resulted in touchdowns. Boykin ranks fourth in the Big 12 in both passing yards per game (328.3) and passing efficiency (176.5).
And while Boykin doesn't like to do mid-week media hits, Patterson continues to stress to his quarterback to avoid getting hit on Saturdays. Boykin is the team's leading rusher with 32 carries for 148 yards. Patterson doesn't want to take the dual-threat away from Boykin, but he does want him to be smarter.
"He needs to get down; too many flips," Patterson said. "We just need to get down. You get X amount [of yards], you need to get down. We need to live or die a different down."
Patterson said Boykin was beat up enough against SMU that he spent Sunday soaking in the tub instead of practicing.