TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin warms up before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Before quarterback Trevone Boykin was a legitimate Heisman contender. Before he showcased his talents on a national stage in a dominant 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. Even before the seasons as a backup and an alternative in a two-quarterback system, Trevone Boykin was just a high school kid out of Mesquite, an athlete who knew his rightful place was on the gridiron.

Boykin’s legend has grown alongside his stats. He’s setting TCU passing records and leading the Horned Frogs to a 20-1 record in his last 21 games. But just two years ago, fans weren’t chanting Boykin’s name, and few outside of Fort Worth thought he’d make a difference. This is the story of how Trevone Boykin ascended to his current role as a leader and captain of one of the top college football teams in the nation.