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TCU to keep LSU in the dark on QB choice

Casey Pachall, Trevone Boykin AP

Perhaps borrowing a page from a fellow Big 12 head coach’s playbook ahead of a season opener against an SEC school, Gary Patterson has decided to play coy when it comes to who’s under center at the most important position on the football field.

Expected to name a starter at quarterback in short order, the TCU head coach deferred to, well, kickoff of the highly-anticipated opener against LSU.  While it’s expected that Casey Pachall (pictured, No. 4) will be the starter for the Horned Frogs, Patterson declined to anoint either him or Trevone Boykin (pictured, other dude jumping with no number showing).

We won’t tell LSU who that guy is going to be until we play,” Patterson said according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You won’t know until he runs out on the field in the first huddle on game day.”

If it is indeed Pachall that runs out into the season-opening huddle, it would officially culminate the resurrection of a career that was nearly derailed by off-field issues.

Pachall, the starter at the time, was arrested in early October of last year and suspended indefinitely by the football program following a drunk-driving charge.  He left the school entirely a short time later to enter a rehab program.

At the time of a February 2012 drug sweep that caught up several Horned Frog football players, Pachall admitted to police that he had failed a drug test and used cocaine and Ecstasy within the past year.

Boykin replaced Pachall in the starting lineup early in the second month of the 2012 season following the latter’s arrest.

Whether Boykin retains the starting job dropped in his lap last year remains unclear.  What is clear is Patterson’s motive behind keeping the Tigers guessing.

“Especially in a first ballgame,” the coach said about keeping his QB cards tight to the vest, “if there’s differences in styles, then it hurts your football team if you’re going to go out and tell people, even if you know. You want those guys to prepare for both, because it’s a lot different preparing for Casey Pachall than it is for Trevone Boykin.”

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16 Responses to “TCU to keep LSU in the dark on QB choice”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 18, 2013 11:24 PM

    From what I understand Coach John Chavis is preparing his defense for both QBs since undoubtedly both Pachall and Boykin will play. Chavis is being coy about who will start on his defense. Coach Cam Cameron, the NFL QB and offensive guru is not telling Patterson and TCU what new wrinkles in pro-style offense they will bring forth, whether it will be the Air Coryell, designed by Cameron or some other variation.

    I trust Patterson will play the QB he thinks will give his team the best chance for success. That probably means playing them both.

    May both teams field the best teams they have and play the best they can, with no serious injuries. My family and I will be there with some younger generation, doing some Cajun tailgating.

  2. nirvana504 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:59 PM

    Like it matters. Whoever starts won’t finish anyway. Geaux Tigers

  3. barbeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 12:12 AM

    Will the RB that made a 14 yo blow him play for LSU?

  4. pricecube says: Aug 19, 2013 2:55 AM

    I expect both will play. I cannot wait. Good luck LSU and Go Frogs!

  5. unsportsmenmic says: Aug 19, 2013 6:11 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    This is TCU best strategy when going against an SEC team

  6. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 8:13 AM

    Smart move by TCU. This always seems to work in the favor of the team thats withholding info.

    LSU 41
    TCU 7

  7. kiplawson says: Aug 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    About as smart as you predicting a score of 41-7.
    I just hope our offense decides to show up unlike vs Auburn (12 points) and Florida (6 points).

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 19, 2013 10:39 AM

    No prediction except that LSU will demonstrate that they have an offense to reckon with this season and a defense which has not lost much in losing almost the entire team to the NFL.

    The post by the doc in southernpatriots family is great, tongue in cheek, for Patterson’ silliness. Maybe LSU will not start their new Aussie punter? (I will miss Brad Wing, though).

  9. geodude11 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:13 AM

    The coach at TCU is so tricky; LSU is so confused by his tom-foolery that the QB on the “scout team” wears a bulls-eye in practice. Tell Peterson, patterson, or WTFson to enjoy week two.

  10. pricecube says: Aug 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    Patterson isn’t trying to be tricky. This is all standard… Has Miles stated officially whether or not Hill is playing?

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 19, 2013 12:57 PM

    pricecube: You have it wrong. Patterson is not saying whether either QB is STARTING. The issue is STARTING, not playing. It is obvious to all that both will be playing. Starting is the issue.

    And yes, Miles has stated numerous times that Hill will NOT be starting. Hill is no longer the #1 on the depth chart for that position. He is now either 3rd or 4th. He will not start unless those in front of him are injured and cannot play. He may see some action in the game, but that is doubtful. Hill not playing will have no effect on the outcome. LSU is long in that position.

  12. geodude11 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:29 PM

    Miles has not officially stated which QB LSU will start against TCU ……..

  13. florida727 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    We’re getting close to the start of college football season and that’s all that counts.

    Chavis has to prepare for both because both will play. The starter is irrelevant really. As soon as Paschall runs out onto the field, Chavis calls one style of defense. If it’s Boykin instead, he calls a different scheme. Speed is speed and LSU has it in spades. I’m anxious to see LSU’s offense, which was pretty marginal last year. Miles won’t let that happen again.

    Good luck to all of you. I hope your favorite team performs well all season long. At least we’re getting COLLEGE FOOTBALL again!

  14. tigersgeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    Mike Gundy…..errrr I mean Garry Patterson, errrr I mean the Big 12 now has that as a habit when playing SEC teams? It does seem silly to me. But somehow the 12 or the 2 think it gives them an edge?

    Speed is the issue. Speed kills. Oregon thought they were the fastest team in the nation until they played LSU and found they weren’t. Speed. And power. We’ll see. Wish all well.

  15. pricecube says: Aug 19, 2013 5:45 PM


    You have it wrong. I was not talking about who is starting. I was pointing out that coaches keep all this information close to the vest now. Notice almost no coaches confirm whether or not a player is injured before games. This is the same thing. This story is silly.

  16. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:59 PM

    dip, I mean kip, you aren’t too smart are you? The point is it doesn’t matter what TCU does. LSU is going to beat them easily.

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