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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Do two QBs mean controversy for TCU?

By Jeff Caplan

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson has yet to publicly name his starting quarterback even though touted sophomore Casey Pachall continues to run with the first team and, as the backup last season, has has always been the expected successor to Andy Dalton.

Nothing has changed on that front despite some strategical bluster from Patterson here and there throughout camp. (Read more about the pressure on Pachall as he takes over the No. 14 Frogs on the heels of a 13-0 season). Unless he's felled by injury over the next 10 days, Pachall, the 6-foot-4 dual-threat QB from Brownwood, will take the first snap on Friday night (Sept. 2) in Waco against the Baylor Bears.

But on Tuesday, another 100-degree day of closed practices and a policy of no player interviews, Patterson divulged that he plans to use two QBs against the Bears. It's not a QB controversy, at least not until the backup makes it one.

"I think  you’ll see both in the ballgame," Patterson said of Pachall and redshirt freshman Matt Brown, another hotly recruited dual-threat
QB out of the North Dallas suburb of Allen. "That’s not unusual. We used to do that every third series, the No. 2 quarterback came in and took a series."

Patterson said Dalton's dominance the last few seasons kept the backup planted on the bench. Pachall was mostly limited to mop-up duty in eight appearances last season.

But, what if Pachall has things rolling early against the Bears? Does Brown still step in for a series?

"I don’t know," Patterson said. "I mean, I put Sean Stilley in his first year  (2001) on the 10-yard line on the third series and he threw an out for a completion and a first down. Casey Printers was playing well. You’ve got to get them in where they understand it’s not just at the end [of the game]."