Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chasing Andy

With his heroics in the win against Boise last weekend, Casey Pachall carved out a little space beside Andy Dalton in the section reserved for TCU quarterbacks in every Frog fans' heart. But he's also well on his way to carving out a space next to Dalton in the TCU record books.

Pachall has already thrown for 2,413 yards this season- putting him 444 shy of Dalton's record of 2,857 from a year ago. With three games remaining (including a bowl game), Pachall will need to average just 148 yardss to reach Dalton. If he continues his current pace, however, he'll become the first TCU quarterback to break the 3,000-yard plateau.

He's also already thrown 24 touchdown passes this year- putting him just 3 behind Dalton's record of 27 from last year. It's not hard to imagine him reaching that mark at some point in the next two home games- if not this weekend against Colorado State. His current pace would put him at 31 TD passes by the end of the bowl game.

Perhaps the most impressive record that Pachall is on pace to break, though, is the single-season completion percentage record. Andy Dalton's junior season, he came just short- at 61.6%- of beating Jeff Ballard's then-school record of 61.9%, set in 2006. In the 13-0, Rose Bowl-winning season of a year ago, however, Dalton was able to obliterate Ballard's mark by completing 66.1% of his pass attempts. Through 10 games this season, Pachall is connecting on 68.0% of his attempts.

12 comments:

Curt McDurt said...

The future looks bright with the sleeve under center!

Lyle Lanley said...

I just realized that the Star-Telegram ran essentially the same story this morning. Perhaps I should read the paper!

Grandpa Frog said...

So in a wek when crackpot speculation seems to be working for us here in the Horned Frog Nation, we can all look forward 7 or 8 years hence when Andy and Casey face off in the Superbowl. Hey it can't happen unless you dream it first.

Grand Imperial Poobah said...

Now if only Pachall would learn that he's not fast enough to run outside, go north and south get 6 to 8 yards

D said...

Twice in one week seems pretty suspicious Lyle. j-board

Nice lead

VikingFrog said...

He's fast enough and long enough to stretch out for that 2 point conversion.

He literally hovered into the endzone.

I was sure that was going to get called back and watched the replay and was amazed his knee didn't touch the ground.

Mantikos said...

He's faster than Andy, he just didn't have the confidence...he's getting there though, he'll press on the throttle pretty soon and you'll see his speed (he might not have the same agility though, due to his stature)

EdK said...

Honestly, it took me about half of one quarter against Baylor to stop worrying about Pachall.

Look at his face, his eyes, during those fourth-quarter rallies. He's got IT. And don't bet his teammates don't see it, either.

Also, I really can't see how he is faster than Dalton. Dalton certainly was quicker. But I think Dalton beats him in a ten-yard dash every time. And that's all that matters.

I see him as a Jeff Ballard clone -- just fast enough. He just needs to be as elusive.

Tyler said...

He just needs to be fast enough to move around in the pocket, avoid the rush and find a receiver downfield.

Pachall is a pocket passer, and a very good one at that. He's got enough straight ahead speed to be dangerous should a running lane open up, but designed QB runs should be for the birds. Our offense doesn't need him to do that.

FrogHorn07 said...

The Sleeve has enough speed to break for it should the pocket breakdown and no one is open, but we need to stop calling the read option, that is not going to work.

Travis said...

Viva La Manga!

SwissArmyFrog said...

Pachal may be faster than Dalton...if you ran 40 yards. However, in short bursts, Dalton's got him best by a mile. Accordingly, we're not seeing any read-options.

Do NOT read that as a complaint, however. I love Pachall.