Casey Pachall comes into the season with the weight of the offense on his broad, tattoo riddled shoulders. With the Big 12 move coming, the rest of the country is very interested to see if the incredible numbers Big Case put up in the MWC will translate to a conference that is (mostly) strong top to bottom. Anyone that saw #4 play against Baylor (though gag), in the second half against SMU (though double gag), or at Boise State (woo!) has no doubt that Pachall can compete on a high level regardless of the opponent. Of course, his admitted poor preparation against cellar dwellers in the MWC won't work against even the Iowa States and Kansas' of the world this season, but GP says he's been a beast on and off the field in light of the conference switch, and his preparation should be much more consistent and strong. Assuming he has put some of his off-season woes behind him, Pachall should be in the conversation for All Conference honors and some consider him a dark-horse Heisman candidate if TCU competes for a conference championship. Pachall has a big arm, and throws as good a deep ball as you will find in the country. His most glaring weakness last year was with zone read plays, an area that had typically been a strength for GP teams. Pachall struggled to make quick reads and pick up yardage with his feet, but he has the athleticism to be a weapon on the ground - he has a long stride and decent quickness. He can certainly use that as more of a weapon in the open field if he can be more decisive.
TCU fans know the team is in great hands with Pachall, but there is reason to feel confident that there are a couple guys that can step in and perform in a pinch (or if someone gets pinched). And with the young guns behind him, there certainly isn't a reason to think we need to worry about any significant drop off in the next couple of seasons, either. TCU's offense, once a questionable commodity, is without a doubt, the strength of the 2012 addition, and you can expect the Frogs to put up big numbers in the Big 12 behind the arms and legs of these guys.