TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall has left the team and will be entering a rehabilitation facility, according to Horned Frogs' head coach Gary Patterson. The decision comes one week after being arrested for driving while intoxicated and ends his season.
"Hopefully, what our plan is that he (Pachall) gets himself right and keeps the door open for us as far as an opportunity for him to be able to come back here and enroll in the spring," Patterson said. "He would be able to graduate in two semesters, which is the ultimate goal for us."
Under Pachall, a junior, TCU had started off the season 4-0 and a spot among the top 25. He was suspended after being arrested for driving while intoxicated October 4, however, and his replacement, redshirt freshman Trevon Boykin, threw three interceptions as TCU was upset by Iowa State.
The DWI was the second off-field incident for Pachall (pronounced Pawhall) in the past eight months. Fort Worth police had interviewed him as part of a six-month investigation that resulted in four TCU players being arrested on marijuana delivery charges. While Pachall was not among those arrested, he did admit to police that he'd previously smoked marijuana, tried cocaine and ecstasy and failed a school-given drug test in February.
The loss of their starting quarterback could be difficult to overcome for a TCU program that had won 12 consecutive games prior to their 37-23 loss to the Cyclones. Considering that a young man's health is involved and that the 6-4, 216 pound Pachall has the physical skill-set to warrant an early ranking among the top quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL draft, however, it is a hard to find fault in his decision to seek help.
As a future NFL prospect, Pachall possesses the size and arm strength to adjust from TCU's quick-hitting offense to the more complicated and vertical concepts used by most NFL teams. Last year, his first at the helm after taking over for Cincinnati Bengals' standout Andy Dalton, Pachall finished 12th in the country in pass efficiency, completing a school-record 66.5% of his passes for 2,921 yards (also a TCU record). He thew for 25 touchdowns (against seven interceptions); just two scores less than the 27 Dalton threw in his magical Rose Bowl-winning campaign in 2010. Five of those touchdowns and a gaudy 473 passing yards came in a gutsy performance in which Pachall helped lead TCU to a 36-35 upset victory at Boise State.
Through the first four games of this season Pachall had completed 66% of his passes for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns against just one interception.
If returns next season, Pachall would be a fifth-year senior with one more year of eligibility remaining.