TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall was arrested early Thursday morning for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Coach Gary Patterson aannounced his indefinite suspension Thursday morning, hours after the arrest.
According to police, Pachall, 21, was pulled over for running a stop sign and driving wildly near TCU's campus in Fort Worth. Pachall registered over the legal limit (0.08) and he was transferred to the Mansfield (Texas) jail with a bond of $1,000.
"Casey Pachall has been suspended indefinitely from competition," coach Patterson said in a release. "My job as a head coach is to win games, educate our kids and help them with their lives."
Paschall is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 quarterback prospect for 2014.
Pachall is already under the microscope after he admitted past drug use to the police last February. His then-roommate, All-Conference linebacker Tanner Brock, along with three other TCU football players were arrested as part of a campus-wide drug bust. Pachall failed a drug test administered last winter and attended a university drug and alcohol awareness program, but wasn't suspended.
Considered by some a better NFL prospect than his predecessor Andy Dalton, Pachall, a fourth-year junior, has led the Horned Frogs to a 4-0 record through four games this season. He ranks near the top of the conference in most passing categories with 66.0% completions, 948 yards passing and a TD-to-INT ratio of 10-to-1. Entering his second season as the starter, Pachall is considered one of the top-five underclassmen quarterbacks eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft because of his size, arm strength and production, but his off-field concerns are certainly a red flag.
With a tough Big 12 schedule on the horizon for the Horned Frogs, back-up freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin is expected to take over as the starter. TCU hosts Iowa State this Saturday before traveling to Waco to face Baylor next weekend. TCU currently holds the NCAA's longest active win streak with 12.
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