Video: Pachall Ready For Big 12 Opener

Pachall says his teammates will be focused

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall met with the media on Tuesday to discuss this week's game and his performance against Grambling.

TCU will play their inaugural Big 12 game this Saturday as they travel to Lawrence to battle against Kansas at 11am on FX.

TCU is fresh off a 56-0 trouncing over Grambling while the Jayhawks lost in the last seconds to Rice at home; 25-24.

The Frogs come into the game as three touchdown favorites and there is plenty excitement from the TCU fans for their team to play its first Big 12 game. TCU Quarterback Casey Pachall says the team isn't approaching this week any different from any other week, but he admits they're excited to play a game in their new conference.

"No, it's just another opponent and another team on the field even though we are excited it's a Big 12 game," he said. "Nothing is going to change with our preparation or focus or intensity whenever we step on the field. It's just another eleven guys we have to go against."

Last week the Frogs faced an inferior opponent in Grambling and the Frogs basically did what they wanted to. For Pachall, he wants the same performance they displayed against Grambling and any team they face the rest of the season; starting with Kansas.

"We expect nothing less than what we did last week, that's the mindset we're going to have coming into the game," Pachall said. "Whatever the mindset they have, they can have it, but we're not going to lack in focus or anything like that. We're going to come out with high intensity and ready to play."

Pachall combined with backup quarterback Trevone Boykin to set an NCAA record for most completions without an incompletion against Grambling; completing 17-of-17 passes. Pachall contributed on nine of those passes and said the perfection is something they work on every week.

"It's something we practice on every week, we don't want to have any fall in our performance so when we come out, that's our goal is to be perfect," he said. "Just the way football works you're not always going to be perfect. I know we're not going to go perfect the rest of the season but also at the same time that's our mindset going into next week."

The Frogs were missing regular starter Skye Dawson at receiver against Grambling but that meant others had the chance to step up, including Cam White who got the start. Pachall attributes the Frogs' successful passing game to more experience and good receivers. He also throws praise the offensive line's way.

"I think it's better because our receivers have grown up a little bit and matured a little bit," Pachall said. "Same as myself, I've matured a little bit and gotten a little smarter on the field. That's helped with my communication with them and plus the o-line doing their job to give me time to throw."

Pachall said that in pee-wee, junior high, high school or college, he's never had a performance where he completed all of his attempted passes.

"I never have, that was my first," he said.


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