Injured TCU quarterback Casey Pachall isn’t likely to use a medical redshirt to extend his college career, coach Gary Patterson said.
Pachall will miss two months after breaking his nonthrowing left arm against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. If Pachall is unable to recover and return to the field in 2013, Patterson said during Monday’s Big 12 coaches’ teleconference that he expects Pachall to move on.
“I think he wants to graduate; he wants to go on with his life,” Patterson said. “I haven’t had that conversation with him. But I would think that would be the way he would look at it from his perspective. He wants to get an opportunity to get onto the next level, and I would expect that will probably be what he did.”
Pachall was at TCU’s Sunday evening practice and wants to travel with the team, Patterson said. No. 24 TCU (1-1) opens Big 12 Conference play at Texas Tech (2-0) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Jones Stadium.
“I think he’s got a great perspective,” he said. “He was out trying to help the quarterbacks [Sunday]. He would like to go on the road and go to some ballgames. He’s changed. He could have easily sulked and kind of stayed away, but as soon he could be back here, he was back around the office.”
Pachall has been through a lot in the last year. He left the team after four games in October 2012 after an arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He received substance-abuse treatment for three months before rejoining the team in January.
Trevone Boykin replaced Pachall at quarterback the last nine games a year ago, and the two battled during the spring and summer for the starting job. Pachall started the first two games, but Boykin replaced him in the opener after an interception.
Against SLU, Boykin led TCU to 24 unanswered points after replacing the injured Pachall.
In 2012, TCU finished 3-6 after starting 4-0 under Pachall. But Boykin improved as the season progressed. This year, his passing motion has improved.
“He’s an unbelievable competitor. That’s what it starts with. He understands and runs the offense completely different than he did when he had to start against Iowa State,” Patterson said. “He’s just got to be smarter with the football.”
Fields starting at Tech
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will start Thursday at Texas Tech, the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Fields has served one game and three quarters of his two-game suspension, Patterson said. He did not play against LSU in the opener and played just the third quarter against Southeastern Louisiana.
Patterson declined to specify when he thought Fields would sit out another quarter to fulfill his suspension. It’ll likely to come against SMU on Sept. 28.