Boykin, Dawson win AP Big 12 Player of the Year awards


TCU is the first school since 2008 to sweep the AP’s Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Paul Dawson won Defensive Player of the Year honors Monday afternoon.

Boykin threw for 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2014, breaking Andy Dalton’s record for passing touchdowns in a single season.

The junior quarterback also rushed for 642 yards and eight touchdowns, and is receiving Heisman Trophy consideration.

Dawson led the conference with 128 tackles, one more than Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney. He also recorded five sacks, four interceptions, and a Big-12 leading 18.5 tackles for loss.

TCU lost the preseason Defensive Player of the Year before the season with Devonte Fields’ departure, but Dawson filled his place.

Joining Boykin and Dawson in the All-Big 12 first team are safeties Sam Carter and Chris Hackett.

Hackett led the Big 12 with six interceptions. The junior from Tyler will be one of the key returners in 2015 for a TCU defense that loses starters Chucky Hunter, Marcus Mallett, Kevin White, Dawson and Carter.

Sam Carter, who debated leaving for the NFL before the 2014 season, returned for his senior year and caught four interceptions.

Coach Gary Patterson, in his press conference after the Iowa State game, said he was glad the 2014 season ended with a Big 12 Championship because Carter wanted to finish his final year at TCU on top.

Boykin, Dawson, Hackett and Carter weren’t the only Horned Frogs honored by the Associated Press.

Senior defensive tackle Chucky Hunter was named to the All-Big 12 second team. Hunter had 4.5 tackles for loss in his final game at Amon G. Carter Stadium last Saturday.

Junior center Joey Hunt was named to the second-team All-Big 12 offensive line. The team captain will return to lead the TCU offensive line in 2015.

Senior cornerback Kevin White and junior wide receiver Josh Doctson were left off the list, despite impressive seasons for the Horned Frogs.

Boykin was a unanimous Offensive Player of the Year selection, and he will see if he’s invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York at 5 p.m. today.

Additionally, Patterson is in consideration for National Coach of the Year honors.