|Casey Pachall totaled 2,921 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions for TCU in 2011. (US Presswire)|
Former TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is back on campus and has rejoined the Horned Frogs football team, coach Gary Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Pachall left school in October to seek treatment for substance abuse following an arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Patterson said the former starting quarterback took part in team meetings Sunday and has done "everything we wanted him to do" in order to rejoin the program.
"He looks great," Patterson said. "It's like he looked when he was a freshman. 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. You've got to understand, everybody is going to be watching on this."
Pachall was a force in 2011, his first season as a starter, throwing for 2,921 yards and 25 touchdowns while completing 66.5 percent of his passes and throwing only seven interceptions. He was off to another strong start through four games in 2012 before the arrest in October.
After Pachall left school, freshman Trevone Boykin stepped in as the Horned Frogs' new starting quarterback. Boykin delivered a few impressive performances early against Baylor and Texas Tech, but Pachall is expected to have a chance to earn the starting job. Patterson did tell the Star-Telegram that Pachall has not lifted weights or thrown a football "in several months," but after TCU finished the season with five losses in seven games there is no reason to expect that any starting role is secure.
Pachall will have one year of eligibility left for 2013, and his return could help Boykin's development for when he would have the opportunity again in 2014. It is also possible that Boykin could impress the coaching staff in a battle with Pachall and keep the job for his sophomore year. Either way, it is good news for Gary Patterson.
The article in the Star-Telegram also included a statement sent via email from Casey's father, Stan Pachall. Mr. Pachall has a message for "the haters."
"Some people are just haters and want to see people fail," Stan Pachall said. "To the haters, I hope that they never have anyone close to them that suffers from addiction of any substance. And to the people that support and have prayed for Casey's recovery -- thank you."
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