- Texas State will bring three running backs with it to Houston for Saturday’s game — Dexter Imade, Frank Reddic and Corey Petro. Karrington Bush will not make the trip.
- When quizzed further about Bush’s absence, Bobcats head coach Brad Wright replied, “Karrington Bush will not make the trip.”
- Wright said he is confident Imade, Reddic and Petro will be able to handle the load against the Cougars.
- Texas State defensive coordinator Fred Bleil said Houston’s offense will be the toughest he’s game-planned against in his (now) three years with the Bobcats.
- Bleil said Texas State needs to match “Southland Conference speed with Conference USA speed” and induce turnovers to keep up with the Cougars.
- Bleil said he and his staff aren’t necessarily copying any team’s game plan for Houston, but he liked what Air Force did to the Cougars in the Armed Forces Bowl.
- Air Force held Houston quarterback Case Keenum to 222 yards through the air and picked him off six times.
- As an addendum — The second Bobcat Live Chat of the 2010 season will be held tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. Note the change in time.
Monthly Archives: August 2010
Not too much news to report today since Texas State just held a walkthrough this morning and didn’t scrimmage, but there are only seven days until the Bobcats open the 2010 season.
Here is the transcript from the first Bobcat Live Chat. Be sure to join us next Wednesday night if you missed out.
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We’ll hold the first live chat of the 2010 season tonight at 7 p.m.
To access the chat, please click the link below and you’ll be well on your way. We look forward to discussing the upcoming season with you, our readers.
- The first live chat of the season will be held tomorrow night at 7 p.m. To join the conversation, check back here for the link tomorrow afternoon. We had a bunch of people participate last season, so join in on the fun!
- Be sure to send me an e-mail with video requests and such. I’ll do my best to facilitate each request.
- Countdown to kickoff: 12 days.
If you wanted to see how far redshirt sophomore quarterback Tim Hawkins progressed since his poor spring, Saturday morning’s scrimmage wasn’t for you. Hawkins looked confused and struggled throughout the 90-play warm-up.
While Hawkins took between 50-60 snaps Saturday morning, only a handful of those plays turned into big gains for the Texas State offense (two passes). Hawkins connected with Corey Scott on a mid-range pass, found Da’Marcus Griggs deep after the defense bailed the offense out with an offsides call on third-and-short and handed the ball to senior running back Karrington Bush who made several defenders miss.
Otherwise, Hawkins had an unremarkable stint.
He should have took advantage of the opportunity to impress the coaches without freshman Tyler Arndt breathing down his neck (Arndt missed the scrimmage due to a family emergency), but the redshirt sophomore failed to capitalize. Hawkins backed down in the face of pressure and forced passes where there wasn’t an opening.
The Bobcats’ defense, however, looked stout. The front four knocked the offensive line on its heels, the linebackers looked fluid in their movements (whether it be against the run or in coverage) and the secondary batted down countless weak passes.
Back to Hawkins, though, Texas State head coach Brad Wright said after the practice Hawkins is “without a doubt” the starting quarterback for the team. Wright also went on to say Hawkins’ mistakes were a product of his inexperience and “…learning what he can and can’t do and what he can and can’t force in there.”
With two weeks remaining until the season opener, it’s time for Hawkins to speed up his learning curve or it’s going to be a rocky season.
With mid-major conference realignment heating up just two weeks from the start of the season, Texas State finds itself in an interesting position. So, we ask…
Sat down with Texas State freshman quarterback Tyler Arndt yesterday after practice to talk about his progression since the first day of practice and other topics.
Here is what Arndt had to say…
On his progression through the first 12 days of practice: “It’s a learning experience. Everybody goes through it when they’re a freshman. The main thing is to come out here and have fun and learn from your mistakes.”
On the biggest difference between high school and college football: “Going to a completely different offense has been tough. In high school we were a terminology offense and now to a number system at Texas State. Plus, you need to learn where you’re protected and where you’re not. I’ll get it down as I get reps.”
On his feeling once UTEP transfer QB Andy McCloud left the program: “Andy is a good guy, but it’s open competition and some guys handle it better than others. His heart wasn’t really into it, but it opens the door for us other three.”
On splitting time with Tim Hawkins running the No. 1 offense: “It means a lot for the coaches to have that faith in me to put me in that situation. It’s an experience. It’s fun. You’re in there with the big boys now and you have to step up and perform to your ability just like they are.”