Who is going to be the starting quarterback come Aug. 31?
That is no doubt the biggest question on the minds of Texas State fans as they anxiously await the season opener at Southern Mississippi. Whether or not the Bobcats have an answer is yet to be seen.
At least Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione knows what he wants out of that quarterback, whoever it may be. Franchione kept a close on a quartet of field generals during Monday night’s first practice: senior Tyler Arndt, senior Duke DeLancellotti, true freshman Tyler Jones and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore.
“The first thing is to not lose the game by turning the ball over, forcing it in coverage and doing foolish things,” Franchione said. “The second thing is to move the team. For them, it’s a balancing act to make plays and not make bad plays. I tell them, ‘You don’t have to try to make a play in this offense. We’ve got enough things that we can do that a play will happen if you just take care of the football. You’ll make plays.’ The biggest thing is not to make plays for the other team. Those statistics are pretty overwhelming; when we turn it over, we don’t have a very good chance to win. Until we get better on defense, that’s going to hold true.
“The team rallying around them has a little bit to do, but I think the team believes in our quarterbacks and sees positives in them,” Franchione continued. “I don’t sense anybody taking sides who the quarterback is going to be. They just want somebody that will execute and they have some confidence and belief in all of them, which is good.”
Arndt said it all boils down to one thing.
“Just don’t turn the ball over,” Arndt said. “It’s that simple.”