Quarterback Casey Pachall and Defensive End Stansly Maponga Added To “Top Player” Preseason Watch Lists
FT. WORTH TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate player.
The Maxwell Award has been given to America’s outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and is named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell.
Pachall set TCU single-season records last year for completions (228), completion percentage (66.5) and passing yards (2,921), while his 25 touchdown passes placed second behind only Andy Dalton (27, 2010). Dalton was a 2010 Maxwell Award semifinalist.
Pachall ranked 12th nationally, and third among non-juniors and seniors, in passing efficiency with a 157.98 rating in 2011. He was the Walter Camp National Player of the Week after career-high totals of 473 yards passing (24-of-37) and five touchdowns in a 36-35 win at No. 5 Boise State. The 473 yards passing were the most by a TCU quarterback in the 11-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson and the second-best total in school history. The five touchdown passes tied a TCU single-game record shared by three others.
Other Big 12 players on the 65-man watch list are: Collin Klein (Kansas State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Kenny Stills (Oklahoma), Dominique Whaley (Oklahoma), Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State), Terrance Williams (Baylor), Malcolm Brown (Texas), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Tavon Austin (West Virginia).
TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga has been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, annually given to the nation’s top defensive player.
The Bednarik Award has been presented each year since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (5) and top 20 in sacks (9). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13.5), sacks (9), forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (2).
A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.
Maponga was tabbed last month by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as the State’s Best Defensive Lineman.