Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Camp Positional Breakdown - QBs

With fall camp in full swing, and the season LESS THAN 25 DAYS AWAY, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the depth charts across the key positions and dive into the strengths and weaknesses of each group. Because I'm not a glutton for punishment, I decided to not step out on to the ledge like our friend Sir Wesley, but to focus on an area of strength instead, the Horned Frog QBs.

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.

Though Pachall is without question THE MAN for the Horned Frogs, he's not the only QB on the roster who is capable of winning ball games. Matt "Touchdown" Brown showed that he was an invaluable weapon in the Red Zone, scoring six times on running plays. Though he only got a chance to chuck it in garbage time, Brown was highly recruited as a dual-threat QB in high school, and certainly has the ability to do so if called upon. Coming out of Allen High School, Brown threw for over 2400 yards, 26 TD's, and ran for another 1100+ and 17 scores. The kid can play. Brown doesn't have the size or the cannon of an arm the Pachall has, but he is accurate and is probably a better athlete. He has a leg up on the backup role, but will be pushed more this year by our next subject.

The real wild card here is Trevone Boykin, a RS Freshman who totaled almost 5000 yards and 58 TD's as a senior. He held offers from basically the entire Big 12, but TCU was the one he wanted and he jumped at the opportunity to sign. At times in the spring, Patterson seemed to hint that Boykin could be in a position to grab that backup role, but for now at least, Brown is slotted there. I would think he's the type of player that you try and find a role for, as he can be a dynamic player in the open field, and is capable of making plays with both his arm and his legs.

The last QB on the roster will more than likely redshirt, but has a chance to be a true impact player at the position in a couple years. Tyler Matthews, a four star recruit out of Kansas, was an Army All American and an All State player. He looks the part, with the size and arm of a guy you expect to see on Sundays. We will have to wait to see how that translates onto the field, but by all accounts this guy can flat out play. He's been compared favorably to Andy Dalton as far as his character, leadership, and Football IQ go, and if he's headed down that path, I don't think any Frog Fans would be disappointed. And, he turned down Charlie Weis at Kansas, so you know he's a good judge of character.

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.

Morning Dump: 08/17

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