News:Casey Pachall will miss the rest of the 2012 season to enter drug and alcohol treatment, Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Stefan Stevenson reports.
Analysis:Casey Pachall's NFL stock has been obliterated in the past week, and TCU's ability to compete has suffered similarly. Trevone Boykin will start in his place, but Pachall will presumably be given a chance to work his way back onto the team in 2013.
News:Casey Pachall's suspension in response to a Wednesday DWI arrest is expected to last the remainder of the 2012 season, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: The arrest is technically just Casey Pachall's first legal strike in arrest terms, but he previously failed a TCU-administered drug test and raised a huge red flag by admitting to hard (though infrequent) drug use during a police raid on a roommate's living area. Trevone Boykin would handle the quarterback role if Pachall is indeed done for the year.
News:Casey Pachall has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested Wednesday night under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the Associated Press.
Analysis: Freshman Trevone Boykin is the likely replacement for Casey Pachall Saturday against Iowa State, and offers a nice dual-threat option for those in a bind.
News:Casey Pachall was arrested Wednesday evening, and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to NBC Dallas Forth-Worth.
Analysis: TCU takes on Iowa State Saturday afternoon, and we'll await word as to whether Casey Pachall will be on the field.
TCU's Pachall Completes Just 10 Passes Against SMU
News:Casey Pachall was 10-for-26 passing for 107 yards and two touchdowns in TCU's 24-16 win at SMU on Saturday.
Analysis: Chalk this one up to bad weather. The TCU offense could not find a rhythm in the rainy weather, so Casey Pachall was only able to complete 38.5% of his passes.
TCU's Pachall Goes Over 300 Yards Against Virginia
News:Casey Pachall was 21-of-32 passing for 305 yards, three touchdowns and one INT in TCU's 27-7 win over Virginia on Saturday. He also ran for 21 yards.
Analysis:Casey Pachall threw his first INT of the season, but he continues to put up nice passing numbers week in and week out. With the TCU run game hurting, expect the production to continue.
News:Casey Pachall completed 24-of-30 passes for 335 yards and two scores in TCU's win at Kansas on Saturday.
Analysis:Casey Pachall was incredibly efficient for the second-straight week, but he fumbled the ball on a couple of occasions when TCU was threatening to score. Overall, he was only credited with one lost fumble, though. Through two games this season, Pachall only has six incompletions.
News:Casey Pachall was 9-for-9 passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns in TCU's 56-0 win over Grambling State on Saturday.
Analysis: With the score 42-0, Casey Pachall did not see the field in the second half. Pachall and backup Trevone Boykin combined to complete all 17 of their pass attempts.
News: Head coach for TCU, Gary Patterson, says Casey Pachall will not face on-field discipline after admitting to police in February that he used marijuana and failed a drug test, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Patterson told members of the press Casey Pachall has completed drug and alcohol counseling mandated by the university, and has no suspension pending. "One thing I've liked is that he's been honest," Patterson explained. "His dad is a retired highway patrolman. One thing he's always been told to do is to be honest." Commented Pachall on the situation, "I know I'm not perfect. But I've learned from those mistakes and I'm still learning. It's a day-to-day process for me of trying to be a better person." Patterson's thumbs-up for Pachall's playing status means we'll be moving Pachall's ranking to its previous point.
News:Casey Pachall failed a drug test in February for marijuana use, which he revealed to police while they conducted a raid on Pachall's roommate Tanner Brock on Feb. 15, and Pachall also told police that in the past year and a half he also used cocaine and ecstasy at separate points, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: TCU was evidently content to let their star quarterback's failed test stay under the rug, but Casey Pachall really screwed up and leaked that along with the cocaine and ecstasy information in an interview with police, which then became subject to open records laws. It's too bad for Pachall that no one told him to never talk without a lawyer, because he might have hurt his NFL draft potential now that this information is out, and TCU might feel pressure to suspend him. We feel the need to downgrade him slightly in the rankings until TCU makes clear that discipline will not be handed down.
News: Coming of his huge outing against Boise State, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall just sat back and let the running game do the work Saturday in the win over Colorado State. Pachall was a pedestrian 13-of-20 for 117 yards and no scores in the win.
Analysis: Perhaps as good an example of Pachall's maturity as we've had -- he didn't try to dictate the game, just let it develop. As it turned out, the running game didn't need a lot of help and Pachall's numbers were small.
News: In a stunning development, TCU essentially abandoned its running game against Boise State Saturday. Ed Wesley came through the game healthy, but had only 24 yards on nine carries. Fellow back Waymon James had six carries for 26 yards and Matthew Tucker had but two carries.
Analysis: The Horned Frogs certainly turned the tables on the Broncos in this one, letting quarterback Casey Pachall throw the ball a lot. The confusion now is who will get the majority of carries once TCU reverts to its normal form? James seems to have pushed himself into a bigger role.
News: TCU receiver Josh Boyce had four catches for 49 yards and a score in Friday's win over BYU.
Analysis: Boyce and fellow receiver Skye Dawson are a bit at the mercy of quarterback Casey Pachall's improvement curve. They are capable of so much more, but it appears that, at this point, Pachall is not.
News: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was efficient in the Horned Frogs crushing of New Mexico. Pachall hit on 13-of-17 passes for 175 yards and a pair of scores.
Analysis: This one was over very quickly and New Mexico put up very little objection to what was happening to them. Pachall showed poise and hit the passes that were there to be hit. A calm, cool, good day for Pachall.
News: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has been added to the Manning Award watch list. The Manning Award goes to the nation's top quarterback.
Analysis: Pachall has done a tremendous job replacing Andy Dalton, putting up numbers that compare very favorably to the revered Dalton. Pachall is on pace to set TCU single-season records for completions, attempts, completion percentage, yards passing and touchdown passes.
News:Casey Pachall was decent, that's all, in the win over San Diego State, throwing for 212 yards and two scores -- but he hurt the Horned Frogs with a pair of picks.
Analysis: Pachall continues to learn and develop within the TCU offensive structure. With all parts of the running game back and functioning, Pachall's role is simply to manage. He must cut down on the turnovers, though.
News: TCU receiver Josh Boyce is No. 2 in the Mountain West in yards per game, averaging 98.8. He's also tied with UNLV's Phillip Payne with four touchdown receptions.
Analysis: Boyce has been the prime beneficiary of quarterback Casey Pachall's very solid play. There's little reason to think he'll slow down and should probably hover around his 100 yards-per-game average most of the season.
News: TCU receiver Josh Boyce led the Horned Frogs receiving corps with seven catches for 94 yards and a score.
Analysis: Boyce has 32 catches in five games, so it's obvious that quarterback Casey Pachall has found his go-to guy. Look for him to continue to be the prime target moving forward.
News: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has stepped into departed starter Andy Dalton's sizable shoes and done well. In fact, through four games, Pachall's quarterback stats are only slightly behind Dalton's from a year ago.
Analysis: Pachall said that "everything is running smooth" and that he feels very comfortable on and off the field. Pachall has improved by leaps and bounds in four games and now comes across as a confident, secure quarterback. His best statistical games are still ahead of him.
News:Skye Dawson is fast and TCU let him out to run Saturday against Portland State. Dawson caught touchdown passes of 10 and 73 yards on his way to a line of 8-111-2 on the day.
Analysis: As quarterback Casey Pachall continues to improve, Dawson's ability to make big plays will only be enhanced in this offense. After six catches in the first three games, let's hope this is the breakout afternoon for Dawson.
News:Josh Boyce was again TCU's leading receiver, catching five passes for 76 yards. Antoine Hicks also had five snags, but tallied only 43 yards for the effort.
Analysis: With quarterback Casey Pachall slowly building his confidence, the big games for the receivers could be a little harder to come by than a year ago. Boyce remains a top target for this team, but there will be some up and down weekends.
News: Tight end Logan Brock was one of quarterback Casey Pachall's top targets Friday for the TCU offense. Brock had four catches for 41 yards and caught two scoring passes.
Analysis: A year ago he had six catches all season, so to start the season with a quartet gives you a little idea of who Pachall is looking for in tight spots. He could be a bit of a sleeper tight end moving forward. For now, he got off to a huge start for a tight end.
News: TCU coach Gary Patterson said that new starting quarterback Casey Pachall will be under the "Dalton rule," which essentially means that if Pachall doesn't take care of the ball, he'll come out of the game. Former starter Andy Dalton struggled with turnovers when he was young and Patterson imposed that rule upon him.
Analysis: Pachall's job is clear, manage the game and don't turn the ball over while making the plays that are there to be made. TCU will certainly rely on the running game a ton early in the season, but Pachall will have to demonstrate he's going to be a good caretaker of the offense.
News: TCU coach Gary Patterson called out his presumed starting quarterback Casey Pachall this weekend, saying the Matt Brown and Pachall were dead even for the starting job. Pachall missed some practice time recently with a sore shoulder, and Patterson said Brown showed up big with the opportunity.
Analysis: Patterson may simply be delivering one last challenge to Pachall before the season starts, but his announcement is something of a surprise. It appears this one quarterback drama still has a few acts to play out before things are decided.
News: TCU coach Gary Patterson said he doesn't expect to find anything serious when the results from quarterback Casey Pachall's shoulder MRI come back today. Pachall has missed three days, including today's scrimmage, with what's being described as shoulder soreness.
Analysis: Pachall told Patterson that the soreness resulted from a hit he took, but the head guy said that he couldn't find such a hit on film he's watched. At this point, the MRI is precautionary to make sure nothing's wrong.
News: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall will undergo an MRI today on his sore shoulder.
Analysis: ![CDATA[Pachall has missed the last two days of practice and the coaching staff will tell us more after they find out the extent of the injury. If Pachall is to miss any time, they would be forced to start Matt Brown or true freshman Trevone Boykin.
News: Freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin has so impressed TCU coach Gary Patterson that plans to redshirt him may be on hold. Patterson noted Boykin's natural leadership ability and that the Horned Frogs have only three viable quarterback options -- Casey Pachall, backup Matt Brown and Boykin.
Analysis: Boykin has demonstrated a lot of ability thus far in camp and it's likely he'll travel with the Horned Frogs as the third/redshirt quarterback. If injuries strike, the redshirt will come off and he'll play, said Patterson.
News: TCU quarterback Casey Pachall "played well," according to coach Gary Patterson after Saturday's closed scrimmage. Pachall has stepped into the void of Andy Dalton and played well throughout this portion of fall camp.
Analysis: While Patterson was happy with Pachall's play, he did express concern about the backup quarterback spot and the inconsistent play of redshirt freshman Matt Brown and true freshman Trevone Boykin. Both run well, but have not been consistent throwing the ball.
News: As TCU opens camp, quarterback Casey Pachall said he's ready to take on the task of replacing Andy Dalton. Pachall enters fall camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but coach Gary Patterson said the deal isn't sealed just yet.
Analysis: Pachall said he's ready to be the guy everyone looks to when things are going well or going bad and the comparisons to Dalton are a motivator. He'll get the chance as Patterson is surely waiting to see if Pachall will step up to the challenge -- or be challenged.
News: Some think that if a team has a new quarterback that it will be a rebuilding year but that is not always the case. Rivals.com analyzed which new starting quarterbacks could lead their teams to conference championships. The ACC has E.J. Manuel, Bryn Renner, and Logan Thomas. Braxton Miller and Russell Wilson represent the Big Ten. Brock Osweiler is the only new starter who could contend in the PAC-12. Alabama and Arkansas have guys who could take them to the top in A.J. McCarron (or Philip Sims) and Tyler Wilson, respectively. The non-AQ candidates are Tyler Lantrip (Nevada), Derek Carr (Fresno), and Casey Pachall (TCU).
Analysis: Even if a team has a new starter at quarterback, if there is enough talent around them and on the other side of the ball, it can certainly help them along so the team doesn't skip a beat. Manuel should emerge as a star who will makes others around him better. Thomas is so athletic he will be hard to stop. Wilson's arrival in Madison made the Badgers immediate conference contenders. Wilson has already showed the ability to run Bobby Petrino's offense in Fayetteville while McCarron or Sims have a stifling 'D' to bail them out if need be.