I don’t know what football god the Horned Frogs have offended, but the number of injuries TCU has suffered this season is simply unbelievable. To make matters worse, it looks like the Frogs have lost their Heisman-caliber quarterback for their game against Oklahoma today. Coach Gary Patterson told ESPN this morning that freshman QB Foster Sawyer will start in Trevone Boykin’s place.
Gary Patterson tells @sportsiren QB Trevone Boykin (ankle) will not start tonight at OU, and unlikely to play. Foster Sawyer to get the nod
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 21, 2015
Boykin has been questionable all week after injuring his ankle against Kansas. Sawyer filled in for Boykin last week where he completed just one pass out of seven attempts. Although, that pass was for 42 yards and a touchdown. Foster has just one other pass on the season, with a six-yard completion against Stephen F Austin in week two.
A 14.3 percent completion rate won’t cut it today though, as the Sooners will be much stiffer competition than anything Sawyer has faced so far. Compounding things, Boykin’s favorite target, Josh Doctson, won’t be available either. Patterson told the media earlier this week that the biletnikoff-caliber receiver is out for the remainder of the regular season.
It’s safe to say that on the road in Norman, with a freshman QB getting his first start, and a host of other replacements around him, is not an ideal situation for TCU. Vegas agrees. The line reluctantly opened with Oklahoma as a ten-point favorite yesterday afternoon, but with the news that Boykin is likely out, the line has quickly ballooned to OU -17.