As spring football practices approach, familiar faces are returning to TCU.
All-American cornerback Jason Verrett is back to face off against opposing wide receivers. Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Devonte Fields is back to attack linemen and sack quarterbacks. Brandon Carter is getting ready to make athletic catches and hurdle over more tacklers.
And after completing his part in rehab, Casey Pachall is ready to fight again for the starting quarterback position.
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson confirmed Sunday that the former starting quarterback has returned to TCU and has been reinstated as a player on the team. The former All-Mountain West quarterback will compete against redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin for the starting position.
Pachall has not thrown a football or lifted weights in a number of months, according to reports. He will do off-season workouts and practices with the team, Patterson said.
Patterson said Pachall completed all of his in-patient and out-patient work this past week and said Pachall had "done everything we wanted him to do."
Pachall withdrew from the university in October following an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. He has been living in Austin with his sister and attending treatment, Patterson said.
Patterson said Pachall is scheduled to take spring classes and attend spring workouts with the team. Pachall will also be assigned a sponsor and will continue seeking counseling for rehabilitation.
According to TCU's email contact database, Pachall is listed as an undergraduate student in general studies. On Friday, Jan. 11, the database was listing Pachall as a former student.
Pachall attended a team meeting Sunday afternoon, his first involvement with the team since October.