Trevone Boykin's Comeback Starts Now, Why He's Already Earned a Second ChanceBy Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter
Trevone Boykin is starting his comeback this weekend at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Ahead of TCU's Alamo Bowl game against Oregon, the team's star quarterback was involved in an alleged bar fight in San Antonio that ended with him punching a bicycle patrol police officer. His legal case pending, Boykin is looking forward to returning to the football field, but he cannot help but feel disappointed himself.
"I was crushed, man," Boykin told ESPN. "Letting down my teammates, letting down the city of Fort Worth, the TCU community. I let down family. I let down friends. I was so hurt and devastated for the simple fact that I couldn't be out there with my team. Watching the game hurt even more, but I was so proud of them the way they fought back."
Though he has not been open to discussing his legal case, there is sufficient reason to believe his charges will be reduced. Regardless, he said he knows he will have to broach the subject during his draft preparation process.
Police chief: We don't know if he was swinging at the officer or somebody behind him. In any event, the officer was struck in the face.
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 31, 2015
"Obviously, they want to know [about the arrest], but at the end of the day, football is what I came here to do," Boykin told ESPN. "I came here to prove that I can play this position."
FYI: Trevone Boykin @OGcURIOUSDEUCE has been invited to the #NFLCombine. #GoFrogs — Mac Engel (@MacEngelProf) January 20, 2016
Boykin was a human highlight reel in his final two seasons at TCU and his athleticism and physical tools are undeniably great. Though he wants to play QB at the next level, he said he is willing to do drills at other positions.
Fortunately for Boykin, the TCU community is standing behind him. According to The Dallas Morning News, TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte stated at a recent town hall meeting, "he's ours" and that "we don't cast away our own."