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.