Dallas Colleges: TCU
Sarah Glenn/Getty ImagesCasey Pachall will try to replicate his success from 2011 and lead TCU to another 10-win season.
In preparation for the 2013 season, ESPN Stats & Info will take a deeper look at the top quarterbacks entering the fall. Thursday we take a look at TCU’s Casey Pachall.
A Look Back at 2011 & 2012
Casey Pachall begins the 2013 season somewhat off the radar after missing the final nine games of last year, but over the last two seasons he has been one of the top quarterbacks in the nation when he’s played.
Pachall has completed 66 percent of his passes with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his career, and his opponent-adjusted Total QBR -- a metric that ESPN will unveil this fall -- ranks among the top 15 percent of all qualified quarterbacks since 2004.
More importantly, Pachall has a 15-2 record as a starter and TCU’s average margin of victory in those games is 20.6 points.
Before a trip to rehab ended his 2012 season in October, Pachall was leading the nation in pass efficiency and had the Horned Frogs unbeaten at 4-0 and, perhaps, on their way to a fifth-straight 10-win season.
During those four games, Pachall proved that he can throw downfield effectively. He completed two-thirds of his passes thrown at least 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage last season, which led all quarterbacks from BCS-AQ schools with at least 50 attempts.
What’s Ahead for 2013?
The first step for Pachall is to win the starting job from sophomore Trevone Boykin, who is listed as a co-starter on the end of spring depth chart.
Most believe Pachall will be named the starter in August, which leads to his next challenge, re-establishing a connection with his receivers.
TCU lost its leading receiver, Josh Boyce, to the NFL but returns its No. 2 receiver, Brandon Carter. Over the last two seasons, Pachall has completed 70 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions when targeting Carter.
Another question mark for Pachall heading into the 2013 season is whether he can handle the tougher competition in the Big 12, as he played in only one conference game last season.
The Big 12 is not known for its defensive prowess, but TCU struggled offensively in its first year in the conference, primarily with Boykin under center.
Obviously, a large portion of TCU’s struggles were a result of injuries and suspensions, but Pachall, who has faced just three BCS-AQ opponents in his career, must be the catalyst for TCU to step up to the level of improved competition.
If Pachall can re-establish his touch and quickly adapt to the pace of play in the Big 12, there is no reason he can't replicate his 2011 success and lead the Horned Frogs to their ninth 10-win season under head coach Gary Patterson.
Texas Wesleyan, coached by former Rangers pitcher Mike Jeffcoat, will play Northwood on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Rangers Ballpark third base ticket office. The third-base gate opens at noon. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors.
UT-Arlington and TCU will play Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and children and can be purchased in advance at UT-Arlington or on the night of the game at Rangers Ballpark. The first-base gate at Rangers Ballpark opens at 5:30 p.m.
Parking is free for both games.
From 2008 to 2011, the Big 12 produced at least one quarterback taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. In fact, in those four drafts the Big 12 has had five first-round quarterbacks selected and one in the third round. The 2012 crop of Big 12 quarterbacks -- Collin Klein, Landry Jones, Geno Smith, Nick Florence, heck even Seth Doege -- may not be locks to be first-round picks, but they were prolific in college.
Heading into 2013 it is not that the Big 12’s brightly burning quarterback flame has been extinguished so much as it has been reduced to the size of a pocket lighter. There still might be some talent. But the Big 12, long a passing league, has been left with a collection of quarterbacks who have yet to fully prove their ability or even make it to their senior years. (Well, TCU’s Casey Pachall has but not without a significant interruption that very well could have him sitting on the bench watching Trevone Boykin in 2013.)
With all that in mind here are the top five quarterbacks to who could reignite the flame and carry the torch into 2013.
David Ash, Texas. Yeah, we get it. Flame. Ash. Ha, ha. But on the serious side of things Ash is poised to have a breakout year for Texas. He has started 18 games in his career and finally, after yo-yoing back and forth with Case McCoy, has the full support of the coaching staff. Ash finished 21st nationally in passing efficiency last season and was the highest-rated underclassman in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh. (Walsh, who is in a quarterback battle, finished fourth in passing efficiency.)
With Texas making the move to a tempo/spread offense, Ash will have more of an opportunity to pile up stats. He is also leading an offense that has nine starters returning.
Wes Lunt or J.W, Walsh, Oklahoma State: Lunt won the starting job last season and proved to be the right selection until he was hurt. Walsh proved to be a very solid starter until he was hurt. Even Clint Chelf proved to be a solid starter and finished with 15 touchdowns versus six interceptions.
Coach Mike Gundy will likely go with either Lunt or Walsh. Walsh brings more of a dual threat to the backfield. Lunt has a bigger arm but he had seven touchdowns and six interceptions in his five starts. Whoever fits into the Oklahoma State system will undoubtedly be one of the top passers in the Big 12 because the offense is constructed to pile up stats.
Bryce Petty, Baylor: OK, he drew a Tim Tebow comparison. Yes, already. Yes, it is only spring. No, they have not started to chisel away at the statue for the Baylor campus just yet. But the materials might have been ordered.
“Bryce is a freak of nature,” running back Lache Seastrunk told the San Antonio Express-News. “His frame, his build and how he throws the ball looks just like Tebow. And when he gets the ball (and runs), he's not going to try to surprise you. He's going to go right at you like a true running back.’’
Petty has only made it into 11 games over the past two seasons, completing 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards. But given what Art Briles has been able to do with quarterbacks there is little doubt his numbers will explode this season. He probably will not be able to keep with the stats posted by RG3 and Florence. But Briles is optimistic about what Petty brings to the game.
"He has everything you're looking for -- size, strength, passion, energy, a great arm and great intelligence,’’ Briles told the Express-News.
Michael Brewer, Texas Tech: Brewer knows the spread and ran it successfully in high school under current Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. He comes from a family that has a strong football background with his grandfather and dad played quarterback at Texas. Plus he is working with a coach, Kliff Kingsbury, who turned Johnny Manziel into Johnny Football in one season. While Tech doesn’t have near the talent that Texas A&M and Manziel had in 2012 -- the Red Raiders also lost receiver Darrin Moore -- it will have some of the same looks that tend to confuse plodding defenses.
Casey Pachall, TCU: Pachall is not guaranteed the starting spot. After he was removed from the program due to a drug and alcohol problem in 2012, Boykin was able to steer TCU to upset wins over Baylor, West Virginia and Texas. He also kept the Horned Frogs close against Oklahoma and Michigan State. But Pachall, who rejoined the team in January, was prolific in his time under center for TCU. In the first four games of 2012 he passed for 948 yards, 10 touchdowns and an interception. He threw for 2,921 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2011.
Others to watch:
Blake Bell, Oklahoma. He has only thrown 20 career passes but has been around the offense for several years.
Paul Millard, West Virginia. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen has not had to break in a new quarterback since his first year at Houston in 2008. So this could get interesting.
Jake Heaps, Kansas. Last year’s heralded transfer, Dayne Crist, was a bust. Heaps was able to sit and learn for a year. It could help him understand the genius that is Charlie Weis.
Jake Walters, Kansas State. He was the top player in junior college in 2012 but might split time with sophomore Daniel Sams.
The opening game would replace the home-and-home series scheduled for 2013 and 2014 for the two teams. They will not play in 2014.
The news was first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
LSU beat Oregon in the Cowboys Stadium Classic in 2011, and TCU started the 2010 season with a victory against Oregon State.
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After another offseason that was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons, the 2012 college football season is finally here. And so it another season of On The Mark.
You might need a map to follow the action, which starts with 17 games Thursday night. Missouri and Texas A&M are playing in the SEC; and TCU and West Virginia are members of the Big 12 (which still has only 10 teams).
A snippet of Mark's Big 12 predictions:
A Texas quarterback will throw for more than 10 touchdowns in a season, something the Longhorns haven't done since Colt McCoy threw 27 in 2009. Sophomore David Ash won the starting job in preseason camp, and coach Mack Brown will stick with him as he leads the Longhorns to a 9-3 record in the regular season.
For more predictions for the 2012 college football season, click here.
|TCU QB Casey Pachall apologizes for his transgressions and WR Josh Boyce speaks on the upcoming season. |
According to the police report, which was obtained by TCU 360 through an open records request, Pachall spoke with two officers and told them that he had smoked marijuana within a week or two weeks of the interview. He also said that he and Brock had smoked marijuana in the past.
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Shannon, who was fired at the University of Miami following the 2010 season, takes the place of former Horned Frogs linebackers coach Tony Tademy, who resigned earlier this month.
Shannon spent last football season traveling to various programs to learn about how they work. That included Alabama, UNLV, Oregon and TCU, among others.
TCU is preparing for its first season in the Big 12 conference. The program has played in two BCS bowls, including a victory over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Shannon was fired after Miami fell to South Florida in the season finale in 2010. He had a 28-20 record in four seasons and Al Golden was hired to take his place.
LOS ANGELES -- Cody Regis had a three-run double in UCLA's five-run sixth inning and Adam Plutko pitched seven solid innings in the Bruins' 6-2 victory over TCU on Friday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional.
Regis' double to left center off reliever Justin Scharf gave the Bruins (46-14) a 6-2 lead.
Plutko (11-3) limited TCU (40-21) to seven hits and two runs. David Berg got the final six outs after replacing Plutko in the eighth with no outs and one on.
Brandon Finnegan (4-5) was the loser.
Josh Elander hit his 11th home in the first to open the scoring for TCU. The Bruins tied it at 1 on Kevin Kramer's two-out single in the second.
Kyle Von Tungeln led off the third with home run to give the Horned Frogs a 2-1 lead.
The series winner will advance to the College World Series In Omaha.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Stefan Crichton threw a six-hitter and Derek Odell homered to lead TCU to a 10-2 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday, eliminating the College Station Regional's top seed.
The Horned Frogs scored lone runs in each of the first three innings -- all they'd need for the efficient Crichton (9-2), who struck out four and walked only one.
TCU (38-20) is scheduled to face Mississippi in the regional title game. The Rebels are 2-0 in the regional, and the Horned Frogs need to beat them twice.
Kyle Von Tungeln led the Horned Frogs with three hits, and had two RBIs, as did Kevin Cron and Brance Rivera. Odell's home run to right field in the bottom of the third lifted TCU to a 3-2 lead against the Aggies (43-18), who were hoping to make it to the College World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time.
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