FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU coach Gary Patterson might start both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin.
While only one of the quarterbacks can take the first snap for the No. 20 Horned Frogs against No. 12 LSU, Patterson is now throwing out the possibility that both Pachall and Boykin will be on the field to open Saturday night’s game.
Maybe that thought is just more gamesmanship heading into the season-opening matchup of Top 25 teams, but Pachall and Boykin will serve as offensive co-captains, and both will play.
Patterson said he hasn’t told the team — or even his wife — who will be the starting quarterback.
“They all know I don’t need to say anything,” Patterson said. “I think they have confidence in both guys. Both showed they can win. Both have different characteristics.”
Pachall is 15-2 as TCU’s starter, including 4-0 last season before he was arrested for DUI and subsequently left school for the rest of his junior season to seek substance abuse treatment. Boykin won three Big 12 road games as a freshman while throwing for 2,054 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Tight end Stephen Bryant insisted that the team has no idea who will start — not that it’s really a big concern to the players anyway. He said Pachall and Boykin have been splitting reps in practices and scrimmages and are doing a good job.
“I don’t think it matters at all,” Bryant said. “Either way, if Tre is in there, or Casey is in there, you know you have somebody that’s going to take control and lead you.”
Neither Pachall nor Boykin were made available during TCU’s media session this week.
Pachall is TCU’s career leader in completing 66 percent of his passes, better than predecessor and current Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton. Pachall’s 163.1 career passing efficiency mark is the best among returning active quarterbacks nationally. He was back with the team for spring drills.
Boykin was about to switch to running back for the Horned Frogs last season before Pachall’s off-field issues changed that plan. Boykin was the team’s third-leading rusher, running for 417 yards from under center, and worked all offseason to get better throwing the ball.
“Before the season is over, I think it’s going to be a certain kind of quarterback to beat certain teams, (and) it’s going to take a certain kind of quarterback to beat others,” Patterson said.