Posts Tagged ‘Casey Pachall’

TCU 2011 Preview: Offense

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Gary Patterson told SI.com that the way to have a good defense is to have a good offense.  No joke– the guru of defense gurus in college said,

“The biggest stat for me, as long as you are not giving up big plays, is the amount of plays that you are on the field. We have averaged less than 60 plays. … It is more of a team concept. … you have to be able to control the football and get people off the field. I have always felt like if you play a 60-play game and 30 of those plays you had a better call than what the offense did, then you are limiting them to 30 plays to be able to score and do things. The less time they spend on the field, the better.”

Sounds simple, when Andy Dalton, Jake Kirkpatrick, Marcus Cannon, Jeremy Kerley, and Jimmy Young are all on the field.  But with a new crew taking the reins, will TCU still be able control the football? (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Schedule

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Seventh time’s a charm; TCU tours the Mountain West one last time in 2011.

The Frogs open 2011 with a pair of very similar road games.  Both come against familiar foes—Baylor has played TCU three times since 2006, including last year’s “game” in Fort Worth.  Air Force has been a conference opponent for seven years running.  Both opponents feature senior quarterbacks, experienced skill players, and aggressive defenses, and both teams need to recover some dignity after suffering thorough beatdowns in Fort Worth last season.  TCU cannot afford a loss at either opponent if it wishes to play in a meaningful bowl, and needs to settle a lot of first-time starting jitters—without the benefit of a cupcake opponent at home.

The Frogs’ success in Waco and in Colorado Springs, perhaps more than its other opponents in the first half of the season, will hinge on how successfully Casey Pachall can leverage success on the ground into success in the air.  This was the formula by which Andy Dalton led TCU to the fore of the Mountain West, and will be the key to Pachall continuing the Frogs’ dominance in that conference for a final year.  So the question on this first pair of road games is going to be, after the threshold questions of basic competence about which Frogs fans have every reason to be confident, how well will the offensive line keep Baylor’s and Air Force’s pass-rush out of the pocket, and how well will the line blow open holes for TCU’s parade of talented tailbacks? (more…)

TCU 2011 Outlook– Passing Attack

Posted by    |    June 7th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The Purple Wimple preview of TCU, part one: the quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends (o-line to be previewed with the running game, in the next post).  Take

Pachall did a lot more rushing than passing in 2010.

 

off the number one, leaving a single numeral four; add a couple inches, replace about a dozen pounds with tattoos; darken the hair and the facial expression, and there emerges from the shadow of Andy Dalton the visage of the heir apparent, redshirt sophomore Casey Pachall.  That’s Pah-hall, writes TCU’s sports information director, recognizing that, to date, few have paid a lick of attention to 2011′s gunslinging quarterback since his recruitment the 2008 season.  The Brownwood star drew offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma (and, truthfully, Texas, but the shorthorns conveniently forgot about it when Pachall committed to TCU, of all places).  Pachall enrolled early at TCU, and quietly slipped off most radar screens.   (more…)

Recruiting snippits: TCU and its foes

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Kibbles and bits about the freshly inked classes of recruits of TCU and its opponents:

Air Force is an out-of-state school that flexes the Texas connection better than most of the others.  Its 13 Texan signees (caveat: because AFA signees must jump through more than the usual number of hoops actually to enroll at the Academy, its incoming freshman class is not known until fall) are tied with OU for the second biggest class of Texans enrolling elsewhere.  Oklahoma State inked 24 Texans.  The Falcons also signed six quarterbacks (quite to Gary Patterson’s tastes).  Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz are a senior and a junior, respectively, so expect at least a couple of these freshmen to remain quarterbacks in college.  Many of the Falcons’ commits would have attracted a lot more offers if they had a couple more inches on them.  The classic case: QB Dano Graves is a MaxPreps national player of the year, accounting for 85 touchdowns last seasons (good grief!).  And he’s 5’9″ and got one 1A offer.  He took it. (more…)

TCU clinches MWC title, BCS autobid

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

The Frogs set records left and right in Albuquerque Saturday, while capturing their second consecutive outright Mountain West championship, and cementing their position as the cartel-outsider eligible to claim the Rose Bowl autobid, if not something better.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and the seniors are the winningest Frogs of all time, with 43 notches on their belts; they led the team’s highest ever MWC point total, and set school season records for touchdowns (70) and points scored (520). Dalton’s 26 touchdowns are a new TCU season high, as are his 10,095 passing yards. The ginger’s total plays from scrimmage (1,698), total yards (11,678), and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (20) are MWC records. Ross Evans’s nine extra points are a new high for a TCU kicker. (more…)