Spoke with sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt after practice Tuesday afternoon. Arndt split time with junior slashback Tim Hawkins in a 23-22 loss at Central Arkansas and has seen his playing time steadily increase with junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford on the shelf with a shoulder injury.
Here is what Arndt had to say about a number of topics.
On his performance in Saturday’s loss to the Bears — “It was all right. When it came down to make a big play, I missed the receiver and you can’t do those things. Throughout the game I felt good. I made some big-time throws and that’s good. Receivers hung in there and Cody [Matthews] gave that extra effort on his touchdown [15-yard catch]. That’s what we need in those types of games.”
On his interception with Texas State trying to get into range for freshman kicker Will Johnson — “You read it off the corner and the corner stuck down on the route we had down there, so I tried to throw the corner route to Brad [Miller] and left it a little behind him, and the safety was there and picked it off.”
On how difficult it was to get into a rhythm while substituting with Hawkins — “Yeah, it was tough. That’s the coaches’ decision, so you can’t do anything about that. You’d like to get into a rhythm and get the defense guessing. It seemed like we didn’t do enough of that.”
On how the offense can get its rushing attack going again — “The biggest thing is trying to keep them off-balance. You need to hit some passes, then try to run it and go back and forth. That’s the big key. You don’t want to show them too many tendencies on offense. Hopefully we can do that this Saturday.”
On his future with the program (there has been a lot of speculation about his role diminishing next season with the addition of two quarterbacks to the roster) — “I’m not going to comment on that one.”
Arndt spent Tuesday’s practice with the first-string offense, while Hawkins joined the backups. Rutherford still didn’t practice, but held on field goals for Johnson.