CARSON, Calif. -- Just three weeks after Trevone Boykin was arrested for his involvement in a bar fight, the former TCU quarterback -- who spent most of his final two seasons in college in Heisman contention -- is trying to convince NFL scouts that his recent arrest doesn't define his character.
At the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, an all-star game in Southern California featuring more than 100 draft-eligible prospects, Boykin is getting his first chance to explain himself to NFL talent evaluators and he says the interactions so far have been positive.
"It's been way better than I really thought it would be," Boykin said. "I have no problem telling my story and I'm just really ready to move forward and prove to guys that I can play quarterback in this league. They know young people make mistakes and right now it's just about not making any more mistakes. You're a professional and you have to treat it like that."
Boykin, 22, was arrested on New Year's Eve and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly punched an officer outside of a bar in San Antonio.
Police chief: We don't know if he was swinging at the officer or somebody behind him. In any event, the officer was struck in the face.— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 31, 2015
On Wednesday, Boykin said he's optimistic that the charge will be dropped down to a misdemeanor, but it's still a work in progress.
Until then, Boykin is trying to impress scouts with his abilities as a passer. He has spent the last three days under the tutelage of former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz, who is coaching the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl's National Team.
"The quarterbacks are making progressions every day," Boykin said. "We're getting better every day with technique, learning the plays, getting familiar with the guys we're throwing the ball to ... It's a tough adjustment, but it's going to be the same thing when you get to the next level. There are going to be guys that you've never played with who do things differently than what you did in college and you just have to adjust."
In his final two seasons at TCU, Boykin racked up 7,476 passing yards with 64 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but is still trying to prove that quarterback is the position he's best suited to play in the NFL. However, he didn't shoot down the possibility that he could be used in other ways.
"I'm a quarterback through and through, but I feel like if a team has a vision for me and I can contribute at other positions, I'm willing to do that and I'm fine with that."
Boykin took over as a starter for TCU as a true freshman when starter Casey Pachall was suspended, and split time with him as a sophomore. In the season opener of Boykin's sophomore season, he started at wide receiver against LSU, although he didn't tally a reception; he finished the season with 26 receptions for 204 yards.