Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione met with the media this afternoon to discuss his team’s upcoming game with Stephen F. Austin. Franchione didn’t hold a press conference last Tuesday, as the Bobcats had a bye week.
Here are a few notes from Tuesday’s gathering.
- Franchione said senior running back Marcus Curry should play in Saturday’s game. Texas State held Curry out of action two Saturdays ago due to a pulled quad he suffered in the second half against the University of Houston.
- Franchione said he thinks the team, especially the defense, “…tried to do too much sometimes” against Texas Tech. He then asked senior safety Jason McLean: “Wouldn’t you say there were a few plays where you tried to do more than what you should have?” Franchione continued to say, “Our guys had looked forward to that game for a long time. We tried too hard and tried to do too much, instead of doing our job and our one-eleventh and those types of things.”
- Franchione said of the Lumberjacks‘ turnover problems (14 in three games, 10 against SMU): “We hope they haven’t used them all up. We need to be in good position to get some of those.”
- Franchione said there isn’t a change in the plan when it comes to his quarterbacks. He’ll see how senior Shaun Rutherford and junior Tyler Arndt do in practice this week and make the decision Friday afternoon on who starts.
Spoke with SFA head coach J.C. Harper on the phone earlier Tuesday on the Southland Conference Teleconference. Asked him if he thought it was weird calling Texas State an FBS school after playing them all of those years in the SLC.
- “Really, no. I saw the advancement they were making. Playing against them in the past, you could see what they were doing. The facility upgrades they made are unbelievable. There is a big-time change in the talent that has gone with the move.”