Pachall suffered three fractures on his non-throwing arm against Southeastern Louisiana in the second game of the season. His recovery timetable was set for 8-10 weeks at the time of his injury. Many were penciling his return by the West Virginia game.
The biggest question now is whether or not Pachall will actually play against the Longhorns.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson said on Tuesday at his press luncheon that Pachall had been practicing with the scout team for the last three weeks. The coach even joked that he had the best scout team quarterback in the country on his roster.
Sources have also said that Pachall has taken reps with the first and second teams this week in practice and was only awaiting the green light from doctors to return to the playing field. It wasn't a matter of whether or not Pachall could throw; he's been throwing in pre-game warm-ups with the Frogs ever since the SMU game. It was a matter of whether his arm could take a hit.
The timing for Pachall's return couldn't have come at a better time with the ongoing struggles on offense. His replacement, Trevone Boykin has had an up and down year thus far throwing for only five touchdowns with seven interceptions. More importantly, the Frogs are 2-3 in his five starts.
While Boykin has drawn criticism, Pachall showed early struggles himself. In the limited time he saw action, Pachall completed 17-of-30 passes for 175 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Whether or not Pachall will play against the Longhorns, it's still a great option to have if in fact the Frogs struggle again offensively. With Patterson waiting to make this announcement, Mack Brown and his coaching staff don't have much time to gameplan for Pachall. Of course, they haven't played him before in the first place.