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Spotlight suits TCU's Trevone Boykin

Trevone Boykin, among the most dynamic players in college football, chose TCU because it was the only school that promised him a chance to play quarterback.

You think Texas and Oklahoma would like a mulligan?

They were among the schools that wanted to get the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Dallas native on campus first, then determine his position -- running back, receiver or safety.

Fortunately, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson had enough sense to tell Boykin he'd give him a shot at quarterback before moving him to another position.

See, college football is more about the quarterback than ever before.

If you have a difference-maker at the most difficult position in team sports, in one of the NCAA power conferences, you have the potential to contend for a title. If not -- think TCU the previous couple of seasons -- you're probably destined for mediocrity.

TCU's offensive line has improved considerably since last season, as has its receivers and running backs, but Boykin's performance is the primary reason TCU is 8-1 and moved up this week to fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Boykin has passed for 2,691 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, adding 546 yards on 111 carries and another seven touchdowns rushing.

Patterson is one of college football's best defensive minds, and you have to respect the job he has done at TCU since becoming head coach in 2000.

In his first 13 seasons, TCU has won at least 10 games eight times. And he has done it without a recruiting class ranked in the top 25.

TCU, which played its first game in 1896, had won 10 games four times in its history before Patterson took over.

But as good a coach as Patterson has been, he seemingly has been reluctant to make Boykin, now a junior, the full-time quarterback and let him be the devastating offensive weapon we've seen this season.

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