TCU football took a huge leap forward when the Horned Frogs entered the Big 12 Conference in time for the 2012 season. It wasn’t until 2014, however, that the team truly broke out onto the scene as a Power 5 force to be reckoned with.
Coach Gary Patterson saw TCU post a 12-1 record that season, earning a share of the Big 12 title and controversially missing out on the inaugural College Football Playoff.
A large part of the success both that year and the year following can be attributed to former quarterback Trevone Boykin. The dual-threat passer recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 3,500 passing yards and 600 rushing yards from 2014-15, as TCU went a combined 23-3 in that span.
Two full seasons have now passed since Boykin’s departure from Fort Worth, and another starting quarterback has already come and gone for TCU since then in the form of Kenny Hill. But with the 2018 season looming, is it possible that Horned Frogs fans could see another dual-threat passer lead TCU to new heights over the next few years?
TCU currently boasts two highly-touted dual-threat quarterbacks, freshman early-enrollee Justin Rogers and rising sophomore Shawn Robinson. Robinson, who won a state title with nearby DeSoto High School as a senior in 2016, made one start for TCU as a freshman in 2017 and is the favorite to win the starting job for the Horned Frogs this fall.
And one DFW sports host sees big things on the horizon for the North Texas native.
NBC DFW Sports Anchor and Dallas Morning News contributor Newy Scruggs, in a recent roundtable discussion, claimed that Robinson — should he indeed be the Horned Frogs’ starter over the next few seasons — could surpass Boykin in TCU football lore if he meets his full potential.
“Shawn Robinson of TCU has the talent to be better than Trevone Boykin. He won a Big 12 game his freshman season. If he can learn to take some mustard off his throws he will be able to have an impact for TCU. Sonny Cumbie can coach up signal callers and I expect Robinson to be the next good one. In fact, if Robinson can become another Boykin that may propel Cumbie to a head coaching position. Gary Patterson will always have a good defense so Robinson will never have to carry the whole team on his back.”
Cumbie, who is entering his fifth season at TCU, has been somewhat of a hot commodity since he and former TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham took the Horned Frogs’ offense to new heights in 2014. Cumbie interviewed with Texas for the offensive coordinator job in Austin in 2016, but stayed put in Fort Worth after receiving a pay raise.
But as for the man who Scruggs claims could impact Cumbie’s career future, Robinson saw playing time in six games during the 2017 season — totaling 184 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. His lone start of the season, which came against Texas Tech after Kenny Hill sustained an injury, saw him pass for 85 yards and a touchdown on top of 84 rushing yards.
Reports from TCU’s spring practice indicated that Penn transfer quarterback Michael Collins could give Robinson some competition. But if the DeSoto product is taking the snaps for the Horned Frogs once Week 1 arrives, look out for some big things to come down the road.