Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said he and his coaching staff have named a tentative starter for Saturday’s season opener at the University of Houston.
“We had a discussion today, as coaches, about who would start,” Franchione said. “We have a pretty good idea about that.”
“I will say this: we’re going to play both quarterbacks in the first half. Both deserve a chance to play and show what they can do. You have to send somebody out for the first series. I still feel like both of them are very capable of doing it. One of them has a little edge on a few things and the entire offensive room kind of felt that way today. We’ll discuss it again tomorrow and Friday morning before we make our final decision.”
Our take: All signs point to it being senior Shaun Rutherford, especially after junior Tyler Arndt‘s lackluster performance Wednesday afternoon at practice. While Arndt guided the first-string offense for a majority of the 17-period session, he didn’t look good running the spread option. Arndt fumbled twice — once on a pitch behind sophomore running back Terrence Franks and another on a botched handoff to sophomore Tim Gay.
Rutherford showed off his improved arm, rifling a pass to redshirt freshman wide receiver Jafus Gaines. As Gaines ran a slant, the ball could have only been one place as two defenders were in proximity, but Rutherford put it on a rope.