Monthly Archives: March 2012

College Football: Spring game thoughts

Texas State sports fans, this afternoon was the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game at Bobcat Stadium. For my thoughts from the Gold team’s 26-17 win, click below.

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College Football: Spring game preview

Football is back, at least for one more day, Texas State sports fans. The Bobcats wrap up spring practice tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. with the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game.

At first look of the rosters, it looks to be a sure win for Gold. In addition to arguably the best quarterback (Tyler Arndt), linebacker (Joplo Bartu), cornerback (Darryl Morris) and interior defensive lineman (Deshun Williams), Gold drafted a solid core of skill players, including running back Terrence Franks and wide receivers Andy Erickson and Cody Matthews.

Maroon picked up two of the top performers through 14 spring practices (linebacker Joshua E Robinson and defensive tackle Kamu Taulelei) to go along with last year’s starting quarterback (Shaun Rutherford), a solid running back (Marcus Curry) and a strong defensive backfield (Justin Iwuji, David Mims II and Jason McLean).

Last year’s Maroon and Gold Spring Game featured a standout defensive performance by the Gold team, as it won 16-9. Expect a few more points in 2012, but the same result (Gold winning).

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College Baseball: Bobcats sweep Ducks

Texas State sports fans, it seems Bobcats are better than Ducks — at least for this go around.

Texas State completed a sweep of No. 16 Oregon with a 7-6 win Wednesday afternoon at Bobcat Ballpark. The Bobcats belted a pair of home runs (senior catcher/first baseman Casey Kalenkosky and freshman outfielder Brooks Orton) and got a sterling performance on the mound from redshirt freshman Austen Williams.

In the two-game series with the Ducks, Texas State scored 18 runs. Last weekend in a sweep at the hands of Sam Houston State, the Bobcats tallied nine in three games.

Texas State also received its second consecutive standout performance on the mound from a redshirt freshman. On Tuesday, it was Taylor Black who shut down Oregon and Williams did his best a day later.

Williams left in the top of the seventh with a 6-3 lead after chaining the Ducks’ bats with his blistering fastball. He struck out four and induced eight groundouts.

The Bobcats continue their homestand Friday when they resume conference play against McNeese State. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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College Football: 2012 Game of the Year

Texas State sports fans, the question is simple: What game are you most looking forward to in 2012?

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College Softball: Taylor is perfect for the Bobcats

Good pitching isn’t just for the Bobcat baseball team, Texas State sports fans.

In a 10-0, run-rule win Saturday afternoon against Southeastern Louisiana, junior pitcher Anne Marie Taylor tossed only the second perfect game in school history. Taylor struck out nine of the 15 batters she faced.

The Bobcats were equally as good at the plate as 10 different players collected hits (Anna Hernandez and Haley Lemons each had two). Eleven of Texas State’s 12 hits were singles.

It’s been an impressive run for the Bobcats at home, as they improved to 9-1 at Bobcat Field.

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College Football: Observations from Friday’s second spring scrimmage

Texas State sports fans, here are a few notes/thoughts from this afternoon’s scrimmage.

  • The Bobcats ran about 120 plays in Friday’s scrimmage, which lasted about two hours.
  • Soon-to-be junior quarterback Tyler Arndt really looked impressive and under control. Arndt led his units on three touchdown drives, which included a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jafus Gaines and two touchdown runs of 22 and 11 yards. His 11-yard keeper on fourth-and-1 was a thing of beauty, as he read the blitz correctly, tucked the ball and went untouched into the end zone.
  • Soon-to-be senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford got better as the scrimmage wore on, leading the first-string offense on a six-play, 82-yard touchdown drive. Rutherford completed all four of his passes for 65 yards and a 20-yard touchdown pass to soon-to-be senior tight end Chase Harper on a delayed out.
  • Harper was on the receiving end of a bruising hit by soon-to-be senior safety Jason McLean. As Harper went out for a screen pass, McLean read it perfectly and landed a huge blow to jar the ball loose.
  • It wasn’t a great day for the rest of the defense as it failed to record a single takeaway. Defensive coordinator Craig Naivar called the effort ‘pitiful for the amount of plays we ran.’
  • Soon-to-be sophomore running back Chris Nutall stepped up in a big way Friday. Nutall had great vision and broke off several long runs, including a 34-yard scamper to set up a 47-yard field goal, which was blocked.
  • Soon-to-be sophomore kicker Will Johnson handled kicking and punting duties. Johnson went 1-for-2 in field goals (good on 45, blocked on 45) and boomed a few beautiful punts. Don’t be surprised if Johnson pulls double duty in 2012.

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College Football: Construction and practice tidbits

First of all, Texas State sports fans, how about an updated picture of the construction at Bobcat Stadium.

Take a look at the newest lower-level section at Bobcat Stadium (Tyler Mayforth).

While construction crews were hard at work building the North Side Complex, the Bobcats took to the practice fields for their 10th spring practice. In total, Texas State is allowed to have 15 practice sessions, two of which need to be without pads.

Two of the Bobcats’ final five practices will be scrimmages, beginning with tonight’s (Friday) inside Bobcat Stadium. Texas State will then host the Maroon and Gold Spring Game next Saturday.

When the Bobcats scrimmage tonight, they’ll feature a full kicking game (kick/punt returns, field goals, punts). How many plays Texas State runs will base on how healthy the team stays as well as how the flow of the game progresses.

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College Football: Hall, others shows off for pro scouts

Texas State sports fans might be used to seeing offensive lineman D.J. Hall playing on Saturdays, but after Tuesday afternoon’s Pro Day, he might just be playing on Sundays come fall.

Hall, like many expected, stood out among his peers during Texas State‘s annual Pro Day. He opened many eyes, including that of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker and current Pittsburgh Steelers scout “Mean” Joe Greene.

After Hall completed an offensive lineman drill specifically tailored to those at the NFL Combine, Greene shot the current/former Bobcat a nod of approval.

“I don’t have to impress everybody, but I just want to catch the eye of one scout,” Hall said. “If it’s Mean Joe, then that’s a great scout’s eye to catch.”

Hall and five other graduating seniors from Texas State (cornerback/wide receiver Cedric Alexander, offensive lineman Michael Chambers, linebacker Bryan Iwuji, cornerback Derek Lopez and offensive lineman Jon Vernon) participated in Tuesday’s drills. Ten pro scouts from teams such as Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts watched the festivities.

“I have a feeling we’re going to be coming back more often,” said one scout, who spoke on a condition of anonymity. “This is definitely a program on the rise and what’s going on around it is positive.”

Here are the unofficial results from Pro Day (top three in each category):

Vertical Jump — Iwuji (32.5 inches), Alexander (32), Lopez (30)

Broad Jump — Lopez (9’6), Alexander/Iwuji (9’3), Hall (8’8)

Bench Press (reps of 225 pounds) — Chambers/Hall (25), Iwuji (19), Vernon (18)

40-Yard Dash — Alexander (4.61), Lopez (4.65), Iwuji (5.16)

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College Baseball: Bobcats go silent in loss to Texas Longhorns

In case you missed it, Texas State sports fans, the Bobcats took on Texas tonight in Austin.

Texas State actually entered the game as the favorite, despite not beating the Longhorns in six years.

The Bobcats, ranked No. 20 in the nation by Baseball America, took another tough loss at the hands of Texas, falling 6-1 inside the spacious confines of UFCU Disch-Falk Field. An announced crowd of 7,748 took in the tilt, setting an attendance record for a mid-week game.

It wasn’t a pretty game for Texas State as it struggled to mount any offense against the Longhorns’ arms. The Bobcats only collected four hits Tuesday night, one of which was a lead-off triple by senior Tyler Sibley in the top of the first inning.

Texas put runs across the plate in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to outdistance Texas State. The Longhorns tagged Louis Head and Austen Williams for all six of their runs (five earned) to go along with eight hits.

The Bobcats scored their lone run of the evening when senior Jeff McVaney scored on a balk.

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College Basketball: Davalos retained

For many Texas State sports fans, Thursday’s decision by athletic director Dr. Larry Teis wasn’t a popular one, judging by responses seen on Twitter and Facebook.

Teis decided to retain head men’s basketball coach Doug Davalos for the upcoming season. Davalos met with Teis in the afternoon to discuss the future of the program and left the council with his job intact.

In 2011-12, Davalos’ team failed to live up to expectations. Even though the Bobcats lost a solid core to graduation (Tony Bishop, Cameron Johnson and Ryan White), the administration and fans hoped for better than a 13-17 overall record and 5-11 mark in the Southland Conference.

Davalos is 82-101 in his career at Texas State, with a 41-55 mark against conference opponents.

With one year remaining on Davalos’ contract, Teis backed himself into a bit of a corner.

If the Bobcats somehow pull it together next year and perform well in the Western Athletic Conference, does Teis sign Davalos to another extension? Or, did the pair agree this would be Davalos’ final season on the sidelines for Texas State?

Time will tell as the Bobcats have an offseason to prepare for the next step.

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