Monthly Archives: March 2013

College Football: Spring Camp Report (Second Scrimmage Edition)

Texas State quarterback Tyler Arndt completed six of his 12 passes for 42 yards at Saturday's scrimmage (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State quarterback Tyler Arndt completed six of his 12 passes for 42 yards at Saturday’s scrimmage (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Earlier today, Texas State held its second scrimmage of spring camp.

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College Baseball: Big day for the Bobcats

Good Friday turned out to be exactly that for Texas State, as well as a famous alumnus playing Major League Baseball.

For starters, the Bobcats clinched their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference series win thanks to a 7-5 victory over Seattle University. On Thursday, Texas State beat the Redhawks, 4-2.

After falling behind early, the Bobcats exploded for five runs in the fourth inning. It was sophomore designated hitter Colby Targun who paced Texas State for the second consecutive game, as he belted a two-run home run. It was Targun’s second round-tripper in as many days.

Notwithstanding Lucas Humpal’s solid outing out of the bullpen, the Bobcats used the same duo as they did Thursday night (Donnie Hart and Hunter Lemke) to the same result. Hart and Lemke worked their way out of several jams and combined to hold the Redhawks scoreless over 2.2 innings.

And that alumnus? Well, he got paid.

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt hit .286 with 20 home runs and knocked in 82 runs last year.

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College Football: A freshman’s saga

Texas State wide receiver Brandon Smith burst on the scene as a freshman in 2012.

Smith, a product of Prattville High in Alabama, started nearly every game for the Bobcats, including the season opener against the University of Houston. In 11 games, Smith hauled in 21 catches for 226 yards (10.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Later in the season, he turned into one of quarterback Shaun Rutherford’s more reliable targets.

Many expect Smith to be Texas State’s biggest target in 2013, the team’s first year in the Sun Belt Conference. That is, if Smith would still be with the Bobcats.

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College Football: 2013 Pro Day

Former Texas State linebacker Joplo Bartu sizes up the vertical jump (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).

Former Texas State linebacker Joplo Bartu sizes up the vertical jump during the Bobcats’ 2013 Pro Day (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).

Texas State held its 2013 Pro Day this afternoon inside the End Zone Complex and outside on the practice field.

Five Bobcats went through the paces in front of about 10 scouts. Those Texas State players were linebacker Joplo Bartu, running back Marcus Curry, defensive end/tight end Chase Harper, cornerback Darryl Morris and quarterback Shaun Rutherford.

Bartu and Morris truly helped their draft stock. The former set Bobcat bests in the vertical (39 inches) and bench press (20 reps of 225 pounds), while the latter impressed in the broad jump (10-foot-4) and 40-yard dash (4.31).

Here is a list of Texas State’s players who competed and their bests.

Vertical

  • Bartu – 39 inches
  • Curry – 36 inches
  • Harper – 32 inches
  • Morris – 36.5 inches
  • Rutherford – 32 inches

Bench

  • Bartu – 20 reps
  • Curry – 16 reps
  • Harper – 8 reps
  • Morris – 14 reps
  • Rutherford – Did not compete

Broad jump

  • Bartu – 9’10″
  • Curry – 9′
  • Harper – 9’7″
  • Morris – 10’4″
  • Rutherford – 8’7″

40-yard dash

  • Bartu – 4.88
  • Curry – 4.75
  • Harper – 5.07
  • Morris – 4.31
  • Rutherford – 4.95

Note #1 — Overheard Rutherford saying something about being involved in a recent car accident, which probably had a bit to do with his lower numbers.

Note #2 — Asked around about Harper and many felt he was just out of shape.

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College Football: Sun Belt is growing

According to multiple reports, the Sun Belt Conference will add up to four members in the next few days.

Beginning in 2014, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will join the Sun Belt in all sports, while Idaho and New Mexico State tag along as football-only members. Currently, both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern play in the Southern Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision.

To many, adding Appalachian State and Georgia Southern were obvious decisions by Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson and the rest of the league’s governing bodies. Not only do Appalachian State and Georgia Southern have stellar backgrounds (nine FCS championships between them), but they are both well within the Sun Belt’s geographic footprint.

Idaho and New Mexico State would bring the Sun Belt’s total football membership to 12 (if nobody absconds between now and 2014), which would allow for a conference title game.

Here is a list of Sun Belt football teams as of July 1, 2014.

  • Appalachian State
  • Arkansas State
  • Georgia Southern
  • Georgia State
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Louisiana-Monroe
  • New Mexico State
  • South Alabama
  • Texas State
  • Troy
  • Western Kentucky

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College Football: Spring Camp Report (Scrimmage Edition)

Texas State quarterback Jordan Moore looks for running room during Saturday's scrimmage (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State quarterback Jordan Moore looks to run a play during Saturday’s first spring scrimmage (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State held its first scrimmage of spring camp Saturday afternoon in front of a smattering of fans at Bobcat Stadium. Many were in attendance for the 25th annual Bobcat Bonanza, while others wanted to catch their first glimpse of what the 2013 football team could offer.

Here is an assortment of tidbits from the scrimmage, which lasted between 80-100 plays.

  • It wasn’t the cleanest, that’s for sure. Texas State committed at least 10 penalties (all by the offense) and turned the ball over three times.
  • Soon-to-be senior quarterback Tyler Arndt and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore split reps with the first-string offense, while soon-to-be senior Duke DeLancellotti primarily worked with the second team. Redshirt freshman Fred Nixon, who hasn’t looked good at all this spring, led the third team.
  • Arndt looked more comfortable in the system than I’ve ever seen him. Even though head coach Dennis Franchione said Arndt could have pitched the ball a few more times on the option, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound field general made solid reads. Arndt, like most of the quarterbacks, fell victim to several drops by wide receivers (DeChe’ Milburn and Jafus Gaines) but delivered a 17-yard laser to soon-to-be junior Ben Ijah for a first down.
  • Moore leapfrogged DeLancellotti late in the week, which is why the redshirt freshman ran with the first-string offense. While Moore still has miles to go when it comes to his throwing mechanics and delivering a solid ball from the pocket, he’s by far the best option quarterback. Moore also ran for two legitimate touchdowns in red-zone drills.
  • Junior transfer safety Brandon Jones showed why the Bobcats wanted him. Jones returned two turnovers for touchdowns, including an interception throw by DeLancellotti.
  • Man alive, Michael Odiari is strong. Odiari, who I profiled in a story in Friday’s paper, bull-rushed soon-to-be sophomore offensive lineman Adrian Bellard early in the scrimmage, nearly knocking Bellard off his feet. That’s not an easy task, as Bellard stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 310 pounds.
  • Texas State is set at linebacker. Even though soon-to-be junior David Mayo tore his MCL earlier this week (which is why he was held out of the scrimmage), the Bobcats have several capable bodies in soon-to-be sophomore Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon and transfer Mike Orakpo. Jeter-Gilmon and Orakpo showed great field vision in stopping several screens and got into the backfield several times.
  • One of the better plays from the scrimmage had be when walk-on running back Claudio Mayen rumbled 50 yards for a touchdown. Mayen went off-tackle and took off along the sideline, leaving just about everybody in the dust. That was the only touchdown during first-down drills.

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College Football: Spring Camp Report (March 21)

Hey, look! This one is actually on time.

Let’s get to it.

  • Despite the windy conditions, I saw several great balls thrown by Texas State’s quarterbacks today. Soon-to-be senior Tyler Arndt put it on a rope to soon-to-be sophomore Jafus Gaines, while soon-to-be senior Duke DeLancellotti hit soon-to-be junior DeChe’ Milburn in stride down the sideline for a touchdown. As I mentioned on Twitter, that had to be the best ball I’ve ever seen DeLancellotti throw.
  • If I had to take a stab at the quarterback depth chart at the moment, it would be: Arndt, DeLancellotti, Moore, Nixon. Arndt and “consistent” are often put in the same sentence, which means good things for his chances come fall.
  • Soon-to-be sophomore offensive lineman Adrian Bellard is going to be a force in the Sun Belt Conference. Bellard’s quick hands are a thing of beauty and rarely can a defensive end work his way around the 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle.
  • On Saturday, the Bobcats will participate in the first of three scrimmages this spring. Texas State will go through 80-100 situational plays and it will coincide with the annual Bobcat Bonanza fundraiser.

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College Basketball: Davalos, Texas State part ways

Texas State head coach Doug Davalos went 92-107 in seven years with the program.

Texas State head coach Doug Davalos went 92-107 in seven years with the program (SMDR).

For the first time in a while, Texas State will look for a new head coach to lead its men’s basketball program.

After seven years as head coach, Doug Davalos and the Bobcats parted ways. Davalos’ contract ran out at the end of the season and it won’t be renewed.

“I am very appreciative of what Coach Davalos has done for the men’s basketball program.” Texas State Director of Athletics Dr. Larry Teis said in a statement.  “Davalos inherited a tough situation when he came to Texas State.  Recruiting three years in three different leagues is not easy. The decision to not renew his contract was mutual. I wish Doug the best whether he chooses to remain in coaching or enter athletic administration.”

Davalos went 92-107 with the Bobcats and never had a winning season. His best year was in 2010-11 when Texas State went 16-16.

A search for a replacement started immediately and will be conducted by the Bobcats and Parker Executive Search, the same firm that brought Dennis Franchione back to Texas State.

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College Basketball: An all-tournament performance

LAS VEGAS — It would be impossible to understate how big Texas State junior forward Joel Wright played in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Wright’s head coach, Doug Davalos, called him the “…best player in the tournament…” and it would be tough to argue that point.

Texas State junior forward Joel Wright was named to the All-WAC Tournament team.

Texas State junior forward Joel Wright was named to the All-WAC Tournament team.

Once New Mexico State wrapped up the tournament title with a 64-55 win Saturday night over Texas-Arlington, Wright could finally get his deserved accolade.

Wright and four others were named to the All-WAC Tournament team. Kevin Butler (UTA), Karol Gruszeki (UTA), Daniel Mullings (NMSU) and Sim Bhullar (NMSU), who was named the Most Valuable Player, joined Wright.

Against Seattle University in the play-in round, Wright scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and notched five steals. Then in the quarterfinals against Denver, Wright posted 32 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes. Wright capped the tournament with a 17-point, 11-rebound outing in the semifinal loss to the Aggies.

Here is Wright’s composite stat line in three tournament games: 65 points, 61.1 percent shooting from the field, 31-of-36 from the free-throw line (WAC Tournament record), 27 rebounds and five steals.

“I just came out here and played basketball,” Wright said. “I work hard on and off the court, so I knew it was going to pay off somehow.”

All-WAC Tournament Team

  • Texas State forward Joel Wright
  • New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings
  • New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar (MVP)
  • UT-Arlington guard Kevin Butler
  • UT-Arlington forward Karol Gruszecki

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College Basketball: WAC Tournament Recap (Semifinal Round)

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