Growing Up the Quarterback

Growing Up the Quarterback


Growing Up the Quarterback

It is no secret that TCU Horned Frogs sophomore quarterback, Shawn Robinson, is going through some growing pains this season.  He has been credited with six turnovers in the last two games.  It’s hard to beat anybody, let alone programs like Ohio State and Texas, if you don’t take care of the football.  It’s a big issue.

In the Texas post-game press conference, after Robinson turned the ball over three times, Head Coach Gary Patterson spoke about the current struggles of his young signal-caller.  Patterson said, it’s no different than Andy Dalton in 07, averaging two picks a game, then won out and won the bowl game.  We’ve got to do our job and make sure we’re in an excellent position to do things we need to do.  There were two times we got inside the 15, we didn’t get touchdowns.  

It’s easy to look back at Andy Dalton’s TCU career and remember the good times.  There were a lot of those.  Let’s start by looking at the not so good times.

Andy Dalton 2007

Dalton arrived at TCU as a three-star recruit out of Katy, Texas.  He chose the Frogs over UTEP.  Dalton’s first year as a starter in 2007, he completed 222 out of 371 pass attempts for a 59.8% completion percentage.  He had 2,459 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  Dalton added 232 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.  It’s never considered a good year when you throw more interceptions then touchdown passes. The Frogs finished 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the Mountain West Conference.

Dalton left TCU as a two-time MWC Player of the Year, two-time First-team All MWC, and a Rose Bowl Champion.  He is now having an excellent National Football League career as the starting, three-time Pro Bowl, quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Comparing quarterbacks:

Shawn Robinson 2018

Robinson arrived at TCU as a heavily recruited four-star quarterback out of DeSoto, Texas.  He had a lot of options for where to continue his football career, including offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Texas A&M, and more.  He chose TCU. Robinson is 2-2 so far this season; his first year as a full-time starter.  He has completed 74 out of 122 pass attempts for a 61.3% completion percentage.  He has 841 yards in the air with six touchdowns and five interceptions.  Robinson has 176 yards rushing for three touchdowns.

For good measure, let’s take a look at one more TCU quarterback that had a pretty good college football career.

Trevone Boykin.

Boykin was a three-star recruit who chose TCU over UTEP.  He had his share of growing pains his first year as a starter in 2012, let’s take a look.

Boykin started nine games replacing a suspended Casey Pachall.  He had 167 completions out of 292 pass attempts for a 57.2% completion percentage.  Boykin finished with 2,054 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.  He added another 417 yards with three touchdowns running the football.

The Frogs finished the season 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12.

Boykin left Fort Worth as a second-team All-American, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and First-team All-Big 12.  He also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2014.

The Shawn Robinson era has just started.

There is still a lot of football left to be played in 2018.  It is tough to watch a young quarterback make costly mistakes in big games.  However, Shawn Robinson, is still the most highly touted quarterback, out of high school, ever to start at TCU.  He is only four games into his first year as the starter.  He could still finish this season much better than both Dalton and Boykin’s first year.  The future is bright.  Playing the Ohio State Buckeyes and Texas Longhorns on the road, in your third and fourth game of the year, is no easy task for any quarterback.

Robinson has flashed jaw-dropping potential this season.  But, he still has a lot of work to do, none more important than protecting the football. The journey has just begun.

Shawn Robinson and the Horned Frogs look to rebound next Saturday night against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ft. Worth.  See you at the Carter.

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