TCU Has Two More Preseason Watch Lists To Keep an Eye On This Season
TCU’s Casey Pachall is on the watch list for the Manning Award, annually presented to the nation’s top quarterback.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performance in its balloting.
Former TCU signal caller Andy Dalton was a 2010 Manning Award finalist. TCU is the only school to have two different quarterbacks (Dalton, Pachall) rank in the top 12 in the nation in passing efficiency over the last three seasons.
Pachall, who also appears on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award and Maxwell Award, was named by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as the State’s Player of the Year for 2012.
A junior from Brownwood, Texas, 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 Dalton (27, 2010).
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.
TCU offensive guard Blaize Foltz has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
As one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
Foltz, a first-team all-conference selection in 2011, appears on watch lists this season for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
A senior from Rose Hill, Kan., Foltz represents TCU in the Hope Community Service Program. He is also active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in addition to being a Bible study leader and DARE role model.
Foltz, a regular volunteer with youth in the community, serves on TCU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a member of the football program’s Leadership Council.
Foltz is a communications major with a minor in social work.
In Other TCU News
The TCU Frog Club enjoyed a record-breaking year in both giving and members in 2011-12 with $9,421,468 raised from 7,178 members.
It’s the second-straight year the TCU Frog Club has reached record numbers. Last year’s total was $5.1 million from 4,769 members.
Total athletics giving for TCU Athletics in 2011-12 was $38,628,759.
“This type of support defines the unbelievable momentum in our program,” TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. “We are incredibly appreciative of the Horned Frog Nation for making this possible and being so instrumental in the success of our student-athletes and what we’ve been able to accomplish for both TCU and Fort Worth.”
TCU Frog Club donations support scholarships for Horned Frog student-athletes.
For more information on the TCU Frog Club or to become a member, please visit www.tcufrogclub.com or call (817) 257-7700.