The preseason spotlight continues to shine on Brownwood native Casey Pachall.
The TCU quarterback on Friday was named to the watch list for the 2013 Walter Camp Award, presented annually since 1967 for the nation’s best college football player by the Walter Camp Foundation. Pachall has also been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award, as well as being selection the All-Big 12 preseason quarterback.
Debbie Pachall, Casey’s mother, learned of the Walter Camp watch list news from the Bulletin and spoke about the preseason accolades that have come the former Lion’s way.
“We’re very excited,” Pachall said. “I think he’s very deserving of any awards, but I tell people, it’s only a watch list, but you have to start somewhere and be nominated. We try and be humble about all this. Coach Patterson still hasn’t made a decision, but of course we hope he will be the starter,” Pachall said.
Pachall is referring to TCU head coach Gary Patterson, who welcomed Pachall back to the team in January after off the field issues forced the Brownwood graduate to step away from both football and school in the later portion of 2012.
As happy as the family is that Casey is receiving preseason publicity for his talent, they also hope he eventually receives the same acclaim for what occurs off the field as well.
“As much as I want Casey to be amazing on the football field, I want him to be amazing in life,” Pachall said. “I want his character off the football field to be what he’s known for as much as what he does on the field.”
Pachall said that the most important thing is that Casey stays on the right path, personally and professionally.
“I don’t know what his future holds, as far as football goes, but we are very grateful that God has blessed us, and he is back on the team,” Pachall said.
The family plans on attending all of the Frogs’ games this season and are excited about the season starting soon.
“We’re not going out for two-a-days, due to work conflicts, but we will be at all the games to support our son,” Pachall said, who added they will attend the TCU ‘Meet the Frogs’ scrimmage.
The Walter Camp Award is named after the “father of American Football,” who played at Yale from 1887-92. Camp developed the strategy for the game and is credited for being a founder.
Heading into his senior season, Pachall is the nation’s leader among active quarterbacks in career passing efficiency with a 163.1 rating. His 15-2 record (.882) as a starting quarterback places second in TCU history behind only Jeff Ballard (19-2, .905).
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 year, 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).
The awards ceremony will be televised on Dec. 12 on ESPN.