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16 TCU
Dan Greene
August 19, 2013
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August 19, 2013

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The case for

The Horned Frogs had a fairly encouraging major conference debut last season, going 4--5 in the Big 12 and 7--6 overall. Even more encouraging for 2013: Three of those losses came by seven points or fewer, and 15 starters return. That total includes nine from a defense that ranked 16th nationally in yards from scrimmage (323.9 per game) and saw a pair of stars emerge in cornerback Jason Verrett (AP third-team All-America) and defensive end Devonte Fields (10 sacks and a conference-best 18½ tackles for loss), the lone unanimous preseason all-conference selection. Also back is QB Casey Pachall, who in four wins last September threw for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns with just one interception. But an October arrest for DWI led to a season-ending suspension and substance-abuse rehab. (Pachall, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI, also failed a drug test earlier in 2012.) He must now beat out sophomore Trevone Boykin, who was erratic as a starter last fall.

The case against

Pachall has to return to top form for TCU to keep pace in a conference full of high-powered attacks. Also, Fields is suspended for the Frogs' first two games for an unspecified violation of university and team policies.

Coach Speak

GARY PATTERSON

SI

Between the conference change and the stadium expansion, it's been a busy few years for you.

GP

It's awesome for me getting the stadium done. So finally, for my first spring in about three or four years, I was able to be just a football coach, which is a big difference.

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