At the beginning of Saturday morning’s practice, the Texas State Bobcats looked downright sluggish. Granted, it was an early morning (8 a.m.) and the first of six two-a-day workouts for the team, but head coach Dennis Franchione had enough of it.
For what seemed like the sixth consecutive day, Franchione lit into his team, imploring them for more effort and enthusiasm. Franchione is ready for a player to step into that role of motivator.
“I want them to be more responsible as players,” Franchione said. “I want a player-driven team, not a coach-driven team. I had been talking to them all week about how we haven’t got it done just the way I want it to get done, which it probably will take a little while.”
Franchione then added, with a laugh, “God give me patience and give it to me right now, you know.”
And now for some other tidbits from practice…
- Sophomore cornerback Craig Mager continues to impress. Mager intercepted a pass in one-on-one drills, then lost a shoe and was still able to lock down sophomore wide receiver Ben Ijah in another drill. Coaches expect big things out of Mager in 2012.
- Coaches won’t be able to get on Ijah for a lack of effort. Ijah went all-out for several balls in one-on-one drills and made several nice catches. If Ijah works his way up the depth chart, the former pentathlete will get a lot of throws his way in the red zone.
- Junior quarterback Tyler Arndt impressed a bunch of onlookers with his arm Saturday morning. Arndt delivered several excellent balls, including a perfect fade from 25 yards to redshirt freshman Jafus Gaines.
- Senior wide receiver Tim Hawkins looks more and more like a wide receiver each day. Hawkins didn’t drop a pass Saturday morning after several slipped through his hands the previous morning. While Hawkins still has a ways to go, his progress is promising.
- Two true freshman (say that 10 times fast) to keep an eye for — linebacker Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon (Brenham) and wide receiver Brandon Smith (Prattville, Ala.). Even though the depth charts are loaded at both positions, Jeter-Gilmon and Smith can fight for playing time if they continue to impressed the coaching staff like they have been.
- Sophomore transfer safety Chad Moncure might be the best blitzer on the team.