Just a couple months after TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall left the team to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility, the junior quarterback has been reacquainted with the Horned Frogs.
Pachall started the first four games of the season, looking solid as can be, before being pulled over for a DUI in October and then receiving an indefinite suspension from the team and then ultimately disenrolling from the university.
It was Pachall’s choice to enter the drug and alcohol treatment center. Coach Gary Patterson made it clear that if the quarterback did everything he needed to do to get better, the door was open for him to rejoin the team.
Word remains to be said on whether he will return to the team as the starter or backup due to the strong play of freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin, who led the Horned Frogs to a 3-6 record and a Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to Michigan State.
Boykin played much better than his record suggests as he completed 67 percent of his passes for over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Not only did the quarterback have success through the air in his nine games, the freshman ran for 417 yards and three touchdowns. His defense didn’t help him out too much as they gave up at least 36 points in three of the teams five regular season losses.
Before Pachall’s arrest, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns with only one interception. Pachall is a talented quarterback and Patterson expects a heated quarterback battle between him and Boykin.
Patterson has two talented starter-worthy quarterbacks when some teams have none. Although the coach seems to be in a lucky situation with all the talent, he will have a tough choice to make that will ultimately make one quarterback unhappy.