Many people don’t get a second chance at becoming starting quarterback at one of college sports’ top football programs. TCU football head coach Gary Patterson and the university are allowing Casey Pachall to compete for the Horned Frogs’ starting quarterback spot this spring after leaving it midseason last year to enter drug and alcohol rehab.
“We want to make sure we can make this turn into a positive,” Patterson said in October, via CBS Sports. “Casey’s parents, Casey and I, we all agreed that there was only one way to change the path he was on — to step away from it.”
All indications of Pachall’s work in vying for the quarterback position are positive so far this spring. Patterson has verbally stated that he has until August to decide who starts, pitting Pachall against the man who replaced him in 2012, Trevone Boykin.
At the time Boykin took over, TCU was 4-0 with Pachall, but those wins came against Grambling State, Kansas, Virginia and Southern Methodist. Boykin would compile a 3-5 record against the Big 12 schedule with an additional loss to Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Boykin notched 2,054 yards passing, 15 touchdowns, 10 picks and a 126.4 rating along with an extra 417 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in 2012.
Many speculate that Patterson is just biding his time before naming Pachall the starter. It’s quite obvious that Pachall’s proficiency through the air fits this offense better than the more legs-oriented Boykin. While top receiver Josh Boyce is headed for the 2013 NFL draft, it seems Pachall has gotten in rhythm with receiver Brandon Carter and other key parts of the passing game.