DALLAS -- Strength at quarterback is one of the reasons TCU could challenge for the Big 12 title in its second year in the conference.
Then again, that quarterback is most likely Casey Pachall, whose 2012 season was cut short by substance abuse issues.
The reverence for Pachall's playing ability is such that he was named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team by the media. That's also a reflection of the lack of experience at the position in the Big 12 this year.
Pachall left the team last fall to deal with his off-field problems and returned in the spring. If he makes a successful return to being one of college football's top passers, that gives TCU a big leg up over most of the Big 12.
"He's a good guy, everybody likes him," running back Waymon James said of Pachall. "If somebody needs picking up, Casey, he's there. He's got all the leader skills, it's just things off the field. He needs to make better choices off the field."