One of the tougher stories of the 2012 season was TCU quarterback Casey Pachall's battle with his personal demons.
Pachall was arrested on a DWI offense in October. He left school a few days later to enter a rehab facility. Earlier in the year he admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test in February. He also told police he had tried cocaine and ecstasy.
Pachall is back with TCU, and we hope he makes the most of this chance.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Pachall completed rehab, and was with the team for meetings on Sunday, according to coach Gary Patterson. The paper reported he completed his rehab last Thursday in Austin, where he was living with his sister.
"He looks great," Patterson said according to the Star-Telegram,. "It's like he looked when he was a freshman. Right now, we feel really good about this. It's never going to be 100 percent perfect but there is a chance we did the right thing and made a difference. You've got to understand, everybody is going to be watching on this."
Pachall's father Stan said in an email to the Star-Telegram he didn't want to comment on his son returning to TCU before it was official but did have a general comment.
"Some people are just haters and want to see people fail," Stan Pachall said. "To the haters, I hope that they never have anyone close to them that suffers from addiction of any substance. And to the people that support and have prayed for Casey's recovery - thank you."
If Pachall can resume what was a very promising college career, he has all the skills necessary to play in the NFL like former Horned Frogs quarterback Andy Dalton. Football-wise, he'll have to knock off the rust from a few months away and prove he is the best option to start, after Trevone Boykin filled in for him after he left. Pachall had other things on his mind other than football the past few months.
More than anything he can do on the field, hopefully Pachall is on the right track with his life and stays clean. He could easily become one of college football's better stories of 2013 if so.
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