Gary Patterson had some big announcements on Monday afternoon. The head coach has announced that there is a legitimate quarterback battle for the TCU Horned Frogs and the favorite has yet to be announced. There is a plan in place, but revealing that plan won’t be that easy.
Obviously, the two quarterbacks involved in the battle are sophomore dual-threat Trevone Boykin and senior gunslinger Casey Pachall. Both guys bring different things to the table and Patterson has to decide what exactly he wants to see on the field come September.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson on starting QB: Both of them will be captains. You’ll know who the starter is when they run on the field.
— Tiger Rag (@Tiger_Rag) August 26, 2013
Pachall left the team early last fall because of substance abuse issues and the freshman Boykin took over. What did the young QB do? How about throw for 2,054 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 417 yards and three touchdowns. The only thing really holding him back is his sub-60 percent completion percentage.
Pachall, on the other hand, has a career completion percentage of over 66 and had 948 yards, 10 touchdowns and only one interception in four games before departing from the team.
Both guys are valuable in different ways, but coach Patterson has to figure out which one gives them the best chance to win. It can be argued that Pachall has the best chance to win because he was 4-0 as the starter last season while Boykin finished at 3-6 as the starter. However, records as quarterback can be slightly overrated because so many other areas of play can go wrong and make the quarterback look bad.
Patterson has a big decision to make, but either one he makes will surely be a winner. Both guys have big-play ability and both of them will play no matter what.