Casey Pachall has made quite a comeback, even without another championship or bowl game for TCU.
More important than anything on the field, though getting back in the game was a significant step, the Horned Frogs senior quarterback is grateful for the way he's changed a year after leaving the team for an alcohol rehabilitation program.
''It's changed my mentality, it's changed everything physically. It's changed everything,'' Pachall said this week. ''Going through this whole situation right now, the possibility of going to the next level, in the state I am right now is a lot better than it would have been if nothing had happened. ... I'm very grateful for that and I'm just happy that I'm still sitting here right now.''
Pachall plays his final game for the Frogs (4-7) on Saturday against ninth-ranked Baylor to finish their first losing season since 2004. The quarterback is among 16 TCU seniors to be recognized before the game.
''I'm not looking forward to that hug when he walks ...