Injured TCU quarterback Casey Pachall probably could qualify for a medial redshirt, coach Gary Patterson said, if the senior were unable to return this season.Patterson didn’t know whether Pachall would be ready in two months and said he hasn’t discussed the options with Pachall.“When we get to that point with Casey, we’ll look at the pluses and minuses,” Patterson said. “At a certain point in time he’ll be able to throw. So it’s when will he be able to get back in competition and take a hit and we can feel we’re not putting somebody at risk.”Also, Patterson wondered aloud, will Pachall be able to jump in and play at a high level if he does heal in time for the final few games of the season?“The circumstance is a little bit different,” he said. “We’ll just cross that bridge when we get to it. I think he can qualify [for a medical redshirt] because he has two check marks. I just don’t think he’d want to go do that. I’m probably about 80 percent right about that, but I haven’t talked to him about that.”Pachall fractured his left (non-throwing) arm against Southeastern Louisiana and had surgery later that day. Pachall attended practice Sunday and Monday and will make the trip to Lubbock for No. 24 TCU’s game at Texas Tech on Thursday.Fields heatGary Patterson says critics of his handling of defensive end Devonte Fields’ suspension are missing the point. The sophomore played only the third quarter against Southeastern Louisiana, leaving just one more quarter for him to fulfill the Patterson-imposed two-game suspension for breaking unspecified team rules in May. Patterson said he didn’t want Fields to play at Texas Tech without any playing time for fear of the Arlington Martin graduate injuring himself.“Him playing in that heat, how do you guys know it wasn’t more part of the punishment?” Patterson said. “He actually got sick in that quarter.”For two weeks leading up to the season opener against LSU, Fields worked with the third team to allow other players to prepare.“He didn’t just miss two ballgames, he didn’t get prepared for four ball games,” Patterson said. “Somebody said I was letting him slide. The reason I did it was for his health and wellbeing of him playing in this next ball game.”Either way, Patterson said, some people were going to think he was letting Fields off the hook. That’s not the case, he said.“He owes this university one quarter in his suspension,” Patterson said. “And if he doesn’t do the things he needs to do going forward, he may miss more ballgames.”Patterson said he thinks it will take Fields two or three more games for him “to be the kind of player he was a year ago” when he was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.Crossed signalsPatterson said the offense changed some of its hand signals in the spring because former TCU receivers coach Trey Haverty is now at Texas Tech. Haverty is the Red Raiders’ safeties coach, a spot he had at TCU in 2011. He was a TCU defensive graduate assistant from 2008-09.Patterson noticed familiar moves in first-year defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt’s Red Raiders defense.“There’s some things they’re doing within in their defense that came from us,” he said.Quotable“You get a 48-game résumé. Any time you don’t get a chance to play in a ballgame that’s less stock on your résumé. It doesn’t matter who you play, people are watching and you’re filling out your résumé.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on the pros and cons of injured quarterback Casey Pachall’s decision if he can’t return.
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