TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate player.
Pachall is the nation's leader among active quarterbacks in career passing efficiency with a 163.1 rating.
Pachall ranks first all-time at TCU in completion percentage (66.4). In just three seasons, he is fifth on TCU's career chart in touchdown passes (36) and seventh in passing yards (3,947).
Last season, Pachall became the first TCU quarterback since 2001 to pass for 300 yards in consecutive games. His four career 300-yard games rank second all-time at TCU behind only Andy Dalton (5, 2007-10).
In the 2011 campaign, his first year as a starter, Pachall set TCU single-season records for completions (228), completion percentage (66.5) and passing yards (2,921).
Pachall was the Walter Camp National Player of the Week after a career-high 473 yards passing and five touchdowns in a 36-35 win at No. 5 Boise State. The 473 yards passing are the most by a TCU quarterback in the 12-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson and the second-best single-game total in school history. The five touchdown passes tied a TCU mark shared by three others.
TCU's Davey O'Brien was the 1938 Maxwell Award recipient, while Dalton was a 2010 semifinalist.
Pachall was suspended from the TCU football program following a DWI arrest in October 2012.
Pachall completed treatment for drug and alcohol issues and has been reinstated on the team for his senior season.
Patterson said in April that Pachall will have to re-earn his position as a starter.
“There were those who said I shouldn’t do anything, just suspend him a couple games," Patterson said. "There were those who said you should get rid of him. In this case, looking at all the information I had, I think this was one of those where we needed to help a young man out, not just because he’d been our starting quarterback. He’s not the first, nor will he be the last that’s given help to, he just happens to be the most publicized.”
Patterson said now Pachall must understand that people are paying attention, “so he’s got to make sure he walks a straight line.”