Casey Pachall is a Horned Frog once again. How do you feel about that Frog fans? According to a report from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Pachall has rejoined the team and will be on campus when class resumes for the spring semester on Monday morning. Pachall left TCU in October to enter treatment for substance abuse after being arrested on suspicion of D.W.I. If you have the same mindset as me, then you know this a good thing for the Frogs.
First of all, do not listen to the naysayers and haters. They have already taken to social media sites to express their displeasure. TCU, Gary Patterson, and everyone involved handled this situation correctly. The door was always open for Casey to return as long as he handled his business properly. Coach Patterson told the Star-Telegram that Pachall "finished all of his in-patient work and has been in out-patient work up until Friday. He did everything we wanted him to do." If Pachall hadn't done everything properly, he wouldn't be back on the team right now.
Now that I got that out of the way, let's discuss the positives. With all due respect to Trevone Boykin, Casey Pachall gives this team the best chance to win. Pachall has a stronger and more accurate arm as well as having a better grasp of the offense. I am not saying Boykin cannot get to that point, but right now Pachall is the most talented quarterback on the roster. Before leaving the team Pachall was completing 66% of his passes and had thrown ten touchdowns with only one interception in four games.
"He looks great; it's like he looked when he was a freshman," Patterson said. "Right now we feel really good about this. It's never going to be 100 percent perfect but there is a chance we did the right thing and made a difference." Pachall isn't guaranteed to regain the starting quarterback position, he will have to compete for it which is understandable, but I fully expect #4 to be under center when the Frogs take on LSU at Cowboys Stadium to open the 2013 season.
Patterson did say that Casey hasn't lifted weights or thrown a football in several months. It will be interesting to see how Pachall is doing physically. Luckily the staff has the spring and fall to shake off the rust and get Pachall back accustomed to the offense and get his timing down with the receivers.
I really want to see how Pachall regains the trust of his teammates. Can Casey become the leader this team needs from its quarterback? He already let the team down once, can he be trusted to keep everything straight this time around? I trust him because Coach Patterson trusts him, but there will be a lot of pressure on Pachall to perform this season.
The jury is still out on whether or not Pachall can return to the level he was at before he left, but it is going to be fun to watch him try. After a season of turmoil and things not going TCU's way, it is nice to be discussing positives. The Frogs picked up some big recruits and Casey Pachall is back! Things are finally looking up.