SAN ANTONIO – Trevone Boykin's brilliant college career has come to an abrupt and inglorious end even though TCU has one game left to play this season.
Boykin was arrested early Thursday and charged with felony assault of a police officer after the one-time Heisman Trophy contender slipped out of his team hotel past curfew, was allegedly heckled at a bar and ended up being subdued by authorities who said they had to threaten the quarterback with a Taser.
The 22-year-old Boykin was swiftly suspended for Saturday's Alamo Bowl against No. 15 Oregon.
The game would have been the last for Boykin, a senior who shattered school passing records once held by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. But he was no doubt hoping to give NFL scouts one final look at his skills as the 11th-ranked Horned Frogs wrapped up their season.
Boykin was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. outside a bar near San Antonio's famous downtown River Walk. Police say an altercation inside spilled into the street and ended when Boykin took a swing and made contact with a police officer on bike patrol. Police Chief William McManus said it was not clear whether Boykin was swinging at the officer or someone else.
The skirmish was set off by Boykin being heckled in the bar about the upcoming game, McManus said.
"His teammates had tried to take him back to the hotel, and he broke away from them and came back and he got into it with officer," McManus said. "Mr. Boykin was finally subdued after being threatened with a Taser."
Boykin was released on $5,000 bond. He left a Bexar County jail with a coat over his head and did not answer questions from reporters. TCU wide receiver Preston Miller was also suspended for bowl game for what coach Gary Patterson said was an unspecified violation of team rules.
"We are disappointed in their actions and apologize to the TCU Horned Frogs Nation, Valero Alamo Bowl and city of San Antonio," Patterson said in a statement.
McManus said the officer allegedly struck by Boykin was treated for a swollen face and bruised but was otherwise OK.
Patterson did not speak to reporters Thursday, but co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham said Boykin was in his hotel room when the team did checks Wednesday night.
"I'm hurting for him. He's a good person," TCU running back Aaron Green said.
Boykin finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a junior in 2014 and went into this season considered one of the front-runners for the award. The dual-threat quarterback from Dallas is second nationally with 381 total yards per game, but he missed a game in November after awkwardly twisting his right ankle in a win over Kansas.
Players moving on
Several college football players declared for the NFL draft or announced their transfers on Thursday. They include:
• Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the draft. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said both players will join quarterback Cardale Jones in leaving early during a news conference for the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday. Bosa is projected to be a top-10 pick.
• Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch announced he's bypassing his senior year to enter the draft, where he will be a top quarterback pick.
• California quarterback Jared Goff made his decision to enter the draft official.
• UCLA offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch also declared. The 6-foot-5 Texas native has started 35 consecutive games.
• Texas Tech backup quarterback Davis Webb will transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility. The 6-5, 224-pounder lost the starting job to Patrick Mahomes late last season. Mahomes' father, Pat, pitched five seasons for the Twins.