Dalton leads strong group of quarterbacks

Many say it’s the most important position on a football team. Luckily for the Frogs, there are very few questions when it comes to the quarterback position in 2009.

Junior Andy Dalton, the unquestioned starter, will be entering his third full season under center. The Frogs went 9-2 last season in games that Dalton started. He missed two games to injury during the season, but still managed to pass for 2,242 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 59.3 percent of his passes. If he can remain healthy, Dalton’s passing numbers should only get better in 2009 as he continues to develop at the position.

And you can’t ignore his ability to move the ball with his feet. Dalton was the Frogs’ third-leading rusher last season with 432 yards and was second on the team in rushing touchdowns with eight. As long as it remains an effective form of attack, Dalton will likely be asked to shoulder some of the load on the ground again in 2009.

Positional Previews
Quarterbacks: April 8
Running backs: April 9
Wide receivers: April 14
Tight ends: April 15
Offensive line: April 16
Defensive line: April 21
Linebackers: April 22
Secondary: April 23
Special teams: April 24

Senior Marcus Jackson is a valuable backup and a threat off the bench in certain situations. Jackson started two consecutive games at quarterback last season – while Dalton was out injured – and led the Frogs to conference victories against Colorado State and San Diego State.

Jackson passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns in his limited action last season. He also rushed for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns on 70 attempts.

True freshman Casey Pachall is the newest addition to the quarterback ranks for the Frogs. The Brownwood native will likely be redshirted next season in order to learn the system and to spend some time in the weight room. He passed for 2,808 yards, 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his senior season at Brownwood High School.

Also on next season’s roster are redshirt freshmen Yogi Gallegos and Kyle Wilson. Gallegos suffered an apparent knee injury during the Frogs’ Spring Game on Saturday, so his status for the upcoming season is in question. If the injury is severe, Wilson will likely serve as the No. 3 quarterback in 2009.