The road has been a bumpy one for quarterback Casey Pachall with the TCU Horned Frogs. After a promising start to his career, off-field issues derailed him and he spent the majority of the 2012 season away from football. Now back with the team and reportedly in a healthier state of mind, can Pachall break out in 2013 with a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidacy?
Pachall has already shown he has phenomenal talent. In his first year under center back in 2011, Pachall threw for 2,921 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while finishing second in the nation in passer rating. Only Kellen Moore was more efficient as Pachall led the Horned Frogs to the MWC conference title. The future looked very bright for the young signal caller before Pachall got himself into trouble in 2012.
After just four games, Pachall was off the team and the offense was turned over to talented freshman Trevone Boykin. Before his dismissal, Pachall was putting together a very strong season, completing 66 percent of his passes for 948 yards with 10 touchdowns and just one interception. He was on pace to possibly break the 3,000-yard barrier and throw as many as 30 touchdown passes.
Now he is back in control of the offense with a healthier mindset under his helmet and a stronger supporting cast around him. If he can stay out of trouble in 2013, he should set career marks in every statistical category and could carry TCU right into the thick of a wide open Big 12 race next season. If he can do all of that, he just might score an invitation to New York City next December as one of the top quarterbacks in the country and one of the better redemption stories in all of sports.
He is a high-risk candidate and could run into any number of road blocks along the way, but Casey Pachall has the skillset to be a special player for TCU in 2013. Will it be enough to win the Heisman?