Senior quarterback Casey Pachall has had a rocky year as he was suspended from the team after the Southern Methodist Mustangs game in 2012. Since then, Pachall has been vying for a spot on the TCU Horned Frogs depth chart in hopes that he can once again be the starting quarterback.
In 2011, his first and only full year as a starter, Pachall passed for 2921 yards and 25 touchdowns while only throwing seven interceptions. He also led the team to 11 wins. He proved that when out of trouble, he can be a great quarterback and can lead the Horned Frogs to victory.
This year, though, Pachall will need to prove that he is the best player on the team and that he is a better option than last year’s starter Trevone Boykin. To do so, he will need to play well in fall practices as well as show that he can withstand the gauntlet of bowl bound teams that is the Big 12.
A pass first quarterback that can scramble when needed, Pachall can regain the trust of the Horned Frogs fan-base by having similar numbers as his 2011 debut season.
My keys to a successful season under Pachall:
1. Limiting turnovers is key as Pachall is a great possession quarterback and has shown that he can keep turnovers to a minimum. He’s thrown just eight interceptions in 17 games started.
2. Pachall must throw for more touchdowns and yards than Boykin did in 2012. Boykin did a nice job of stepping in and doing what he could on short notice, but he isn’t the most accurate quarterback through the air. He threw for 2054 yards and 15 touchdowns, but Pachall will need to throw for 2,500 yards and 20 plus touchdowns for the Horned Frogs to have a shot at the Big 12 title.
3. Lastly, Pachall will need to be a leader on and off the field. If there’s one negative to Pachall’s game, it’s that he hasn’t been there for his teammates and coaches this past year. Pachall must learn to both stay out of trouble as well as become a vocal leader on the team. Great teams need not just quarterbacks that can put up big numbers but ones that also lead the team in every aspect of the game. Pachall will need to make everyone around him better.
If he can do these three points, expect the Horned Frogs to make a run at the Big 12 title this fall.