DALLAS (AP) — TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely Thursday, hours after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated — his second brush with trouble this year and one that clouds the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs' push for a Big 12 title.
Coach Gary Patterson announced the suspension, saying his quarterback "obviously needs help."
The 21-year-old Pachall was arrested just after midnight when he was pulled over after running a stop sign near TCU's Fort Worth campus, police Sgt. Pedro Criado said. Pachall's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Criado said, declining to provide specifics.
A two-year starter for the Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), Pachall was released on $1,000 bond from a jail in nearby Mansfield, said jail Officer Nathan Van Ryan. There was no information on an attorney for Pachall.
Pachall's arrest came eight months after he admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a drug test just two weeks before his roommate was arrested in a drug sting operation.
News of the arrest came as TCU coaches were finishing up the game plan for the Big 12 home opener Saturday against Iowa State (3-1, 0-1).
"I've got a young football team and a person who obviously needs help," Patterson told The Associated Press. "Until I can come up with some answers, it's not about one season, it's about a lot of seasons."
Pachall has 948 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception, and he's fourth in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency.