First Clemson, now TCU. ESPN is reporting that Horned Frogs star quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested early Thursday morning for his role in a bar fight. He followed that up by assaulting a police officer on bicycle patrol who was attempting to diffuse the situation. Boykin was formally charged with assaulting a public servant, a third-degree felony, and assigned a $5,000 bond. TCU has suspended Boykin for postseason play.
Clemson lost three players for failed drug tests in advance of their College Football Playoff Semifinal Game against Oklahoma. And while TCU will not factor in the decision to crown a National Champion, they are still scheduled to face Oregon in Saturday’s Alamo Bowl. Trevone Boykin is the face of the program and their best player.
The incident materialized around 2 a.m. when patrons of Pat O’Brien’s (a bar in San Antonio, Texas) began antagonizing Boykin and several of his teammates. A melee ensued in which Boykin struck a bar employee. All involved were kicked out, but the fight spilled out outside where bar bouncers and bicycle police officers tried to control the scene.
According to the incident report regarding Trevone Boykin, “The suspect was very aggressive and was being held back by the group that he was with. Members of his group stated they would get him back to the hotel they were staying at.”
Firsthand accounts indicated that after initial restraint, Trevone Boykin resumed fighting, this time with police officers. It took several officers to take Boykin to the ground, and a stun gun was used as a threat to prevent him from more damage. Boykin now faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. ESPN was informed that Boykin went back out after being checked in at the team’s midnight curfew.
The TCU athletic department explained, “We are aware of a situation last night and are gathering information. We will continue to closely monitor this and evaluate additional details as they become available.”
There were high hopes for Trevone Boykin and the TCU football program this year. The Horned Frogs began the year ranked No. 2 in the country but failed to meet those preseason expectations. They were ranked as high as eighth upon release of the College Football Playoff Rankings and finished the regular season at No. 11. This will surely be a black eye on an otherwise stellar career for Boykin, who was himself a preseason Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Boykin led TCU to eight straight wins to start the season, although none came against a single ranked opponent. They fell victim to Oklahoma State (ranked 14th at the time) in their ninth game of the year, and Boykin injured his ankle the following week in a win over Kansas, dashing any remaining hopes of being named a Heisman finalist. Boykin would miss the following game, a one-point loss to Oklahoma, before returning to lead TCU to a double-overtime win in their regular season finale against Baylor.
With Trevone Boykin sidelined due to the suspension, TCU will turn to either Bram Kohlhausen or Foster Sawyer to fill in at quarterback against Oregon. Both played in relief of Boykin this year with Kohlhausen, a senior, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, and Sawyer, a freshman tossing for 155 and two scores. With Boykin and Kohlhausen’s impending graduations, it’s expected that Sawyer will compete for the 2016 starting job with Kenny Hill. Hill transferred to TCU from Texas A&M and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015 season. Boykin is projected as a late-round draft pick, but may end up having to switch positions at the next level.
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