HornedFrogBlitz.com completes our countdown of TCU impact players for the 2012 season.
TCU 2012 Top Impact Players
With the start of the 2012 season now underway with the first practice in the books, HFB.com continues our look at the top 11 impact players that are vital to the Frogs success in their inaugural season in the Big 12.
We've counted down from #11 to #2 and coming in at the top spot is none other than junior quarterback Casey Pachall.
#1 Casey Pachall
PACHALL PROFILE Position: QB Class: Junior Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 226 2011 stats: 228-of-343 passes, 2,921 yards, 25 TD 7 INT Best game of 2011: 24-of-37, 473 yards, 5 TD vs. Boise State 2011 accolades: Second-Team Mountain West, Manning Award Watch List
What makes Pachall an impact player? Pachall in his first year as a starter had arguably the biggest shoes to fill in school history last season when he was dealt the task to replace Andy Dalton. Pachall passed with flying colors leading the Frogs to an 11-2 record and helped them to their third consecutive top 15 finish. Along the way Pachall broke Dalton's single-season yardage record with 2,921 which ranks him first on the list in school history. Even in the Frogs' two losses on the season, Pachall excelled. Against Baylor he led TCU from a 47-23 deficit in the fourth quarter to 25 points and a brief lead. Against SMU he led the Frogs to 23 fourth-quarter points to force overtime. But his defining game of his Frog career was in Boise last year when he threw for a whopping 473 yards and 5 scores against a Broncos defense that was regarded as one of the best in the nation. With a steady arsenal of weapons to throw to, including his favorite receiver from a year ago, Josh Boyce, we may see Pachall re-writing the TCU record books once again in 2012.