GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs the ball in the second half against the Boise State Broncos during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andy Dalton
After all, Dalton's next victory will put him alone as the winningest quarterback in Horned Frogs' history. "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh had solely held the mark for more than seven decades until Dalton tied him at 29 wins last season.
But so far, there's no consensus pick for nicknames. Receiver Curtis Clay says some teammates call the redheaded quarterback "Red," other folks might call him "Rooster." Clay says he just calls Andy "Andy."
That's just fine with Dalton. Last season, the unassuming college kid who last season helped TCU finally become a BCS buster. The senior fourth-year starter is also the winningest active NCAA FBS quarterback, with three more wins than fellow BCS buster Kellen Moore of Boise State.
Dalton's first shot at victory No. 30 comes Saturday night when the sixth-ranked Frogs, with their highest preseason ranking ever, play No. 24 Oregon State in a nationally televised season opener at Cowboys Stadium. That's in Arlington, about 20 miles from TCU's Fort Worth campus.