One of the Compete Every Day themes this month revolves around being prepared when your opportunity arrives. Texas Christian University freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin is a great poster boy for this theme.
The TCU Frogs had sky expectations for their first season in the Big XII conference behind a plethora of returning starters, led by star quarterback Casey Pachall. As a sophomore, Casey set school records for passing yards and completion percentage in leading the Frogs to an 11-2 record.
An off-season of turmoil surrounding drugs and alcohol sent the Frogs into disarray and the final straw fell two weeks ago when Pachall was suspended from the team for the season for a Wednesday night DWI arrest. Trevone found out he would be starting his first game less than 72 hours from kickoff – not the easiest situation for any football player, much less a freshman quarterback.
The Frogs fell to their first loss of the season as the defense and freshman quarterback struggled against Iowa State. Trevone threw three interceptions in the game. No one knew how he would respond.
But like true competitors, Trevone was determined to compete every day and not let the one loss set him back. He bounced back in style, throwing four touchdowns against Baylor University as TCU avenged one of their two 2011 losses. It was a game that lived up to Trevone’s hype coming out of local West Mesquite High School. The young quarterback will now carry the city of Fort Worth on his back tomorrow against 5-1 Texas Tech. Like any true competitor whose opportunity arrives much sooner than expected, Trevone Boykin will have all eyes on him. Expect the young competitor to deliver.
No matter when the time comes – today, tomorrow, or next year – be ready and stay prepared. We compete every day so that when our time finally arrives, there is no question whether we will succeed or not. But how quickly we will succeed. Trevone Boykin sets the example that even if the first time out things don’t go your way, you better make the second chance count.