Spring Blitz: Quarterbacks

With the Horned Frogs beginning spring ball on Feb. 25th it's time to start taking an early look at individual position battles and how each position we at HornedFrogBlitz.com feel will turn out. Up first, let's dive into quarterback the quarterback position.

DEPTH CHART

1. Casey Pachall | 6-5, 217 | Redshirt junior
2. Matt Brown | 6-1, 193 | Redshirt soph.
3. Trevone Boykin | 6-1, 215 | Redshirt frosh.
4. Tyler Matthews | 6-3, 205 | True frosh.
_________________________________________________________________ THE HEADLINER: Casey Pachall

Let's be honest, Pachall not only met expectations last year, he exceeded them. Pachall threw for 2,921 yards and 25 scores in his first year as a starter, breaking Andy Dalton's single-season yardage record. That included his brilliant performance against Boise State where he threw for 473 yards and 5 scores in the Frogs' 36-35 win on the road over the #5 team in the country. Pachall will obviously be dealt tougher competition moving forward to the Big 12 next year. With Baylor's Robert Griffin III declaring for the NFL Draft, Pachall and Landry Jones of Oklahoma are being billed as the premier quarterbacks in the conference. The best news for Pachall is the fact that his two leading receivers, Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson, return. Add in playmakers like Brandon Carter and Cam White to the fold, Pachall has a variety of weapons to choose from. It's hard to believe this will already be his fourth year in the system.

WHAT TO WATCH: The battle for the #2 spot

Last fall it became apparent early on that it was Casey Pachall and everyone else. That everyone else included redshirt freshman Matt Brown and true freshman Trevone Boykin. Brown eventually edged out Boykin, but it was a dual to the end. Now, the battle will be open again now that Rusty Burns has moved over from receivers coach. Brown displayed a knack for running the ball; on the year he rushed 22 times for 118 yards and 6 scores. He was especially dynamic in goal line situations running the "pistol" offense to perfection. Brown could be the quickest of all the quarterbacks in fact. However, his arm strength isn't as strong as Pachall and Boykin's and he sometimes runs before the play fully develops.

The battle with Boykin is far from over. Boykin is also a true dual-threat and has the front-line speed that neither Pachall nor Brown posses. Boykin also has a bigger frame at 215-pounds which allows him to take more hits. Most importantly for Boykin and where people haven't given him much credit (those who haven't seen him), he is a quarterback that is an athlete, not an athlete that plays quarterback. Boykin has the strongest arm of any quarterback on the roster; he's been known to launch passes 65-yards before. Once he develops into more of an accurate passer, he will be the total package at quarterback.

THE NEWCOMER: Tyler Matthews

Just as Casey Pachall did in the spring of 2009 when he was an early enrollee, Matthews will do the same in a few weeks. Matthews enrolled into TCU just one month ago and in less than two weeks he will be playing at the collegiate level. So what does Matthews bring to the table? Well, for starters the way he carries himself on and off the field has already drawn a comparison to Andy Dalton so that's definitely not a bad thing. It will be interesting to see his development over spring workouts; he's a player with a cool demeanor who never gets rattled. He also has a very, very accurate arm which could get him some extra looks. I don't anticipate Matthews to get many reps with the first or second team throughout spring camp, but he will certainly gain valuable experience which is the most important thing this early in his career.

Spring prediction(s):
- Pachall has another strong spring
- Boykin overtakes Brown heading into fall
- Matthews impresses more than we expect


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