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TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson Welcomes Andy Dalton Back to DFW

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Day

With news breaking on Saturday that former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is heading to the Dallas Cowboys, his former head coach wanted to make sure to show some love.

Dalton signed a one-year, $7 million deal to join Dallas, which is currently in a contract negotiation with their starter Dak Prescott. This has created all sorts of interesting and dramatic storylines as the sports world looks for something to latch onto right now.

But for Dalton, it’s a homecoming of sorts as he played his college ball at TCU, before it was in the Big 12, and his former head coach Gary Patterson made sure to welcome his former quarterback back to the Metroplex.


Dalton is a Texas boy from the Houston are (Katy, TX) and spent three years as the starter up in Forth Worth for Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs. In his redshirt sophomore year of 2008, TCU went 11-2 and finishing second place in the Mountain West Conference. By his redshirt junior year, TCU went a perfect 12-0 in the regular season before losing the Fiesta Bowl to Florida State 17-10. In 2010, TCU went 13-0 and finished #2 in the AP Poll behind the National Champion Auburn Tigers.

Dalton held school career records for wins (42), passing yards (10,314), pass attempts (1,317), completions (812), and completion percentage (61.6) at the time he graduated, but Trevone Boykin would go on to break most of his records.

Since entering the NFL, Dalton has made three Pro Bowls, but the Bengals moved on at the position by selecting LSU’s Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft.

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