TCU quarterback Casey Pachall seemed unstoppable on the field in 2012. He helped the Horned Frogs jump out to a 4-0 start by completing 66% of his passes for an average of 9.77 yards per attempt and developing a 180.00 quarterback rating. However an off the field mistake derailed his season and resulted in a suspension that could have ended his career.
On October 6th the Frogs took the field without him and suffered their first loss of the season, 37-23, at the hands of Iowa State. TCU would go 3-6 for the remainder of the season with the offense dropping from an average of 31.75 points scored per game, with Pachall, to 23.6 points per game without him.
In January Pachall was reinstated at TCU and Gary Patterson is hoping he gets the 2011 quarterback, who passed for 25 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards, instead of the 2012 quarterback who struggled heavily with off-the-field issues.
If Pachall is able to return to form then the Horned Frogs will rival Texas with one of the Big Twelve's most experienced quarterbacks. His experience could very well be the difference between TCU competing for a conference championship or competing for bowl eligibility. My bet is that they will see vintage Pachall with a chip on his shoulder and a whole lot to prove.
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