HFB.com Countdown of TCU Impact Players: #1

HornedFrogBlitz.com completes our countdown of TCU impact players for the 2013 season.

TCU 2013 Top Impact Players

With the start of the 2013 season just days away when the Frogs report to camp, HFB.com takes a look at the top 11 impact players that are vital to the Frogs success in their second season in the Big 12.

Finishing our countdown at the top spot is none other than senior quarterback Casey Pachall.

#1 Casey Pachall

PACHALL PROFILE
Position: QB
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 230
2012 stats: 64-of-97, 948 yards, 10 TD, 1 INT
Best game of 2012: 9-of-9, 201 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs. Grambling
2012 accolades: NONE

What makes Pachall an impact player?
All eyes will be on Pachall come August 31st. Will he be the same quarterback that torched Boise State for over 400 yards in 2011? Will he be the same guy that threw for 10 touchdowns and only 1 interception through four games in 2012? Those questions won't be answered right away, but Pachall will have his shot to prove any doubters wrong in front of a national audience in college football's premier game of the week against LSU. Like many have said; there is a great story ready to be told if he bounces back from last season's suspension.

While Frog fans can appreciate the admirable job Trevone Boykin did in 2012 in leading the Frogs to their eighth consecutive bowl game, there's no question Frog fans are anxiously awaiting the return of Pachall. Let's face it; Pachall had star potential in 2012. As previously mentioned, he had already thrown for 10 touchdowns and just 1 interception in four games while completing 66% of his passes. He was fourth in the nation in passing efficiency when his season ended after the SMU game. He was good, he was really good through four games.

Boykin did add another dimension at quarterback with his ability to avoid the rush and create plays with his legs. He will continue to do so this season in a variety of formations this season. However, although Pachall isn't as gifted a runner as Boykin, his ability to make every throw will help move the offense and vastly improve the passing game. Through four games Pachall had two 300-yard games and during his four game stretch as the starter the Frogs averaged 148.5 yards on the ground. The Frogs saw a six yard increase in rushing yards per game after the SMU game, but everyone could see the passing game took a hit dropping to 220 yards per game. Keep in mind Pachall only played a half against Grambling as well so the passing yard difference could be much higher. The bottom line is Pachall's ability to stretch the field and get the ball to his receivers vertically will open the running game more. There's not much more to say about a player that has an NFL "first round" arm and is regarded as the Big 12's top quarterback.

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