Quarterback Trevone Boykin
Few teams rely as heavily on one player as TCU does on Boykin. The junior has enjoyed a tremendous season so far, passing for a career-best 3,021 yards and 24 touchdowns against five interceptions through 10 games. He has passed for at least 219 yards in nine games this year and has thrown a touchdown pass in every game. Boykin also ranks second on the team with 548 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns, and he torched Kansas State two weeks ago for 123 yards and three scores on the ground. After flirting with a move to wide receiver last year, Boykin emerged as arguably the Big 12’s most dangerous quarterback this season. Boykin has had mixed results in his two games against Texas, but he’s a far different player this year than he has been in years past.
Running back Aaron Green
Green ranks only third on the team in carries, but he’s established himself as the Horned Frogs’ most consistent runner. He leads the team with 677 rushing yards on just 82 carries, good for an eye-popping average of 8.3 yards per carry. He’s also scored six touchdowns on the ground, good for third on the team. He’s starred in B.J. Catalon’s absence the last two weeks, amassing 299 yards and three touchdowns against Kansas State and Kansas. He set a new career high in rushing attempts in each of the last three games, and if he keeps running the way he has of late, his number of touches should continue to increase.
Wide receiver John Doctson
By all accounts, Doctson is the Horned Frogs’ No. 1 receiving target. He leads TCU with 43 receptions and 693 yards, and he’s tied for the team lead with seven touchdown grabs. Doctson has only compiled more than 76 receiving yards once this season — he exploded for 225 yards against Oklahoma State last month — but he has five games with at least five receptions and three games with at least two touchdowns. At 6 feet 4 inches and 190 pounds, Doctson presents a considerable mismatch for most defensive backs. Look for senior Quandre Diggs, Texas’ top defensive back, to line up against Doctson on Thursday.
Linebacker Paul Dawson
There’s not much that Dawson can’t do. He leads the Horned Frogs with 105 tackles — 31 more than anyone else. He also has the most tackles for a loss on the team with 15, and he’s tied for the team lead with five sacks. In addition, Dawson has three interceptions, five pass breakups, eight passes defended and two forced fumbles so far. Expect to see him making plays all over the field this Thanksgiving.