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Andy Dalton closing in on TCU passing records

by TED MADDEN and ARNOLD PAYNE / WFAA-TV

wfaa.com

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 11 at 1:29 AM

As starting quarterback for the TCU Horned Frogs, Andy Dalton is used to being chased by opposing defense, but recently he was face to face with the man he is chasing.

That man is Max Knake, the 1994 Southwest Conference co-offensive player of the year, and a former starting quarterback for the Frogs.

Dalton and Knake sat and chatted about the TCU record book, the record-setting 2009 season, and the fact that Knake had a very similar meeting when he was at TCU, with another former Frog quarterback, Sammy Baugh.

"We did the same interview," Knake told Dalton. "Sammy Baugh came in and did the interview, and I just -- Sammy Baugh is probably, I mean, he kind of invented the quarterback position. He was the first guy to really throw the football at the collegiate level, and it was an unbelievable honor for me."

Knake presently holds a number of career records at TCU, including passing yards, completions, and touchdown passes, each of which are in jeopardy of being broken by Dalton.

"It is really cool to finally put a face to a name," Dalton said, "because I've seen Max's name and everything and seen all these records, and of course, I've been looking to see if I have a shot at breaking them."

"Those records are going to be broken," said Knake. "And they're going to be broken next year, and a new bar is going to be set next year by Andy Dalton, and he deserves it."

Dalton's success is not his own - as he's gone, so have the Frogs. In his 3 years at TCU, the team's record when he starts is 29-6. And next month the school will make its first-ever BCS bowl appearance.

"We were able to finish the season undefeated, now it's time to prepare and get ready for the bowl game," said Dalton. "Our goal is not to be 12-1. We want to be 13-0."

Knake talked about the perception of TCU as a "Cinderella" team: "The media, people who are not in the locker rooms and watching film are saying Cinderella, but I guarantee you that the coaches and players who are going to play against this team - they know this is not a Cinderella team."

Dalton has one year left, which will be more than enough time to break all the major passing records at TCU, and if he does that, he will join Knake, Sammy Baugh, and Davey O'Brien as all-time quarterbacks at TCU.

 

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