TCU Football: How Quarterback Casey Pachall's Arrest Impacts the Horned Frogs

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterOctober 4, 2012

Casey Pachall
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TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has reportedly been suspended after an arrest early Thursday morning in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pachall, 21, was pulled over by law enforcement officials after running a stop sign outside the school's campus. 

According to an ESPN report:

Pachall's "breath specimen" was over the legal limit (0.08), said Pedro Criado, Fort Worth police spokesman. Pachall was transferred to the Mansfield (Texas) jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.

The Horned Frogs host the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday.

Pachall's suspension leaves a troubling void in the offense. One quarterback, Trevone Boykin, has some game experience, but it's minimal at that—Boykin has 10 career passing attempts. Matt Brown is listed as a backup quarterback, but his experience is a question mark. In 2011, he completed three of five throws for 90 yards.

Undoubtedly, the Horned Frogs will try to break in their new quarterback with simple play calls and a plethora of rushing plays, but that in itself presents another troubling question: How well can you run the ball against a defense that is only giving up 98.5 yards per game?

Fresh meat under center always makes defensive coordinators sharpen their teeth, so you can count on Wally Burnham calling for all-out blitzes from the infantry. 

If the Horned Frogs can somehow manage to put together a couple of sustained drives, then that will give the quarterback more confidence. A bunch of three-and-outs, on the other hand, may see the Horned Frogs not even reaching the end zone. 

Meanwhile, the offensive field general is not on the field as TCU enters the meat of its conference play. Head coach Gary Patterson has suspended Pachall indefinitely, and although we don't know how long the suspension is in effect, the expected win over Iowa State has suddenly taken on a questionable status. 

Patterson should be commended for taking the right action here. Pachall has allegedly had some off-field issues in the past, and this latest incident may have been the catalyst for this immediate suspension.