TCU quarterback Casey Pachall’s return to the team was welcomed with open arms by his teammates, including Trevone Boykin, who is battling Pachall for the starting job when the Horned Frogs open against LSU on Aug. 31.Pachall, who spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since leaving the team last October, said he’s not concerned about the starting role he had in 2011 and the first four games of 2012, but it’s obvious he covets his old job.His teammates, including Chucky Hunter, Elisha Olabode and B.J. Catalon, echoed similar sentiments on the topic during the team’s media luncheon. “I know we have two quarterbacks that can fill the slot and be good at the same time,” said Hunter, a defensive tackle. “I feel comfortable with Trevone, and I feel comfortable with Casey taking control.”Pachall said that he had nothing to prove, perhaps his way of explaining that his return is about more than just football. But he knows he has to prove to his coaches, including Gary Patterson, that he’s capable of taking the reins of the offense. Boykin started the last nine games last season.“They’re both good guys,” Catalon said. “Both of them can lead the team, they’ve both proven that. If they both just keep doing what they’re doing we’ll be all right.”Catalon said every position is a battle, including his at running back. So to think Pachall and Boykin are involved in anything different is wrong, he said.“Running backs have to do the same thing,” he said, a day before the team begins August camp with its first practice at 4 p.m. Thursday. “Nobody is worried about that right now.”Safety Olabode said he’s not concerned with the quarterback race because he sees both contenders as viable options.“That gives us great confidence that we’ve got two quarterbacks who can win us a game, who can make the big play, who can do crazy stuff in the game to bring us up,” he said. “I know the coaches are going to do what they’ve got to do. Whoever plays is going to be good. They’re both equally tough.”Hunter, like his teammates, eventually grew weary of the questions regarding the quarterbacks.“I really don’t know about the offense,” he said. “I just know Trevone did a heck of a job improving this spring. He got better throwing this spring.”He said Pachall didn’t have anything to prove.“As a team, we have something to prove,” Hunter said. “We’re more a team, not an individual.”But when asked what, if anything, Pachall said to him upon returning to school in January, Hunter related that Pachall told him: “Let’s prove the world wrong.”Quotable“Coach P is great to play under. Once you get the feel of Coach P, he’s a great coach; one of the best. He’s very misunderstood, but that’s what we like about him.” — Safety Elisha Olabode on TCU coach Gary Patterson being named in a poll of Big 12 players as the coach they’d most like to play for other than their own.
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