Weatherford Democrat

July 19, 2013

TCU's Pachall and Verrett on Walter Camp Award Watch List


Weatherford Democrat

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and cornerback Jason Verrett have been identified by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as "Players to Watch" for its 2013 Player of the Year award.
 
TCU is one of just 11 schools nationally to have more than one player on the list.
 
Pachall, on the preseason All-Big 12 team, also appears on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. He is the nation's leader among active quarterbacks in career passing efficiency with a 163.1 rating. His 15-2 record (.882) as a starting quarterback places second in TCU history behind only Jeff Ballard (19-2, .905).
 
Pachall ranks first all-time at TCU in completion percentage (66.4). In just three seasons, he is fifth on TCU's career chart in touchdown passes (36) and seventh in passing yards (3,947).
 
Last year, Pachall became the first TCU quarterback since 2001 to pass for 300 yards in consecutive games. His four career 300-yard games rank second all-time at TCU behind only Andy Dalton (5, 2007-10).
 
In the 2011 campaign, his first year as a starter, Pachall set TCU single-season records for completions (228), completion percentage (66.5) and passing yards (2,921).
 
Verrett, a 2012 All-American, was named by CollegeFootballNews.com as the nation's top cornerback. He's on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
 
In voting by his teammates, Verrett was selected as TCU's Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player. He was the first defensive back to receive the award since cornerback Tony Rand in 1992. Verrett was also the first defensive player to be the Dan Rogers MVP since Jerry Hughes in 2009.
 
Verrett topped the Big 12 in interceptions (six) and passes defended (22). He was the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in both categories, tying for second in passes defended and sixth in interceptions. The six picks were the most by a Horned Frog since Jason Goss had eight in 2002. Verrett's 16 pass breakups represent the highest total at TCU since Goss had 24 in 2002.
 
A native of Fairfield, Calif., Verrett tied for fourth on TCU with 63 tackles, including five for loss. The 63 stops mark the most by a cornerback in Gary Patterson's 12 seasons as TCU's head coach.
 
Verrett also blocked a West Virginia field-goal attempt in the first overtime that paved the way for TCU to win 39-38 in double overtime.