What about the defensive backs? Their job, especially when playing man coverage, doesn't change: Stay with the receiver.
“When I see a defensive back break out of coverage to tackle the quarterback, I always wonder how he was able to see the quarterback break contain while paying attention to his man,” cornerbacks coach Van Malone said. “We always have someone responsible for the quarterback.
“When the defensive back is sure the quarterback is crossing the line of scrimmage, then go get him.”
OPPONENT WATCH: DON'T EXPECT A QB SWITCH
When an offense struggles like TCU's has, outsiders often clamor for a change at quarterback.
But Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson is not about to pull the plug on Boykin and switch to redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews.
“You don't put people in situations they're not ready for,” Patterson said. “Everybody has answers. The key is when he goes in he needs to play well because if not, you can break a kid's confidence when they're a freshman and you never get it back.
“You've got to understand there's a maturity factor, and there's a lot more at risk any time you put a freshman or redshirt freshman in a ballgame. If bad things happen to him you can ruin them for four years.”
TCU's starter, Casey Pachall, is still nursing a broken arm.