Texas State’s football team fought through triple-digit temperatures at the beginning of practice for the third consecutive day Wednesday afternoon. Such is life when living in Texas, right?
Coaches were sure to give the Bobcats, who wore shoulder pads for the first time this fall, plenty of water and floppy hats drenched in ice water to cool off.
What else happened? Read on to find out.
- If you’re a quarterback, chances are you didn’t have a great practice Wednesday. None of the quarterbacks stood out, with the exception of senior Duke DeLancellotti. Outside of senior Tyler Arndt, DeLancellotti has been the most consistent under center.
- True freshman Tyler Jones had an up-and-down day. One moment Jones impressed the coaches with his ability to throw on the run, hitting Brice Gunter on an out; then Jones received an earful from head coach Dennis Franchione and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Schultz for a mistake. Jones also fell from the ranks of quarterbacks to not throw an interception, as he was picked twice Wednesday.
- Junior transfer running back C.J. Best is an athlete. During the Bobcat Drill (a gauntlet with a running back and a blocker/defender), Best couldn’t be touched. Best is so quick with his first step after a move.
- Sophomore tight end Ryan Carden earned kudos from Franchione with a block he had on junior linebacker Michael Orakpo during the same drill. Orakpo, as many know, isn’t the easiest to block.
- Members of the secondary sure made the quarterbacks pay when they made a mistake. Junior cornerback Craig Mager, junior cornerback Zach Velliquette and true freshman safety Germod Williams each hauled in an interception. That was Williams’ second pick in as many days.
- Speaking of Mager, he didn’t allow a catch for the second consecutive practice. At one point during one-on-one drills after Mager blanketed senior wide receiver Andy Erickson, Jason Washington (cornerbacks coach) yelled over to Schultz that Mager wasn’t doing those drills just to get exercise.
- Sophomore running back Tim Gay is a hard-nosed runner. Junior transfer Donta Clanton knocked Gay’s helmet off, but Gay kept trucking along and had a few words for Clanton after the play ended.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione on the ‘feeling’ of practice: “I told them afterward, ‘This felt a little like Practice No. 18, not Practice No. 3′ — and that’s a good thing. It was like an 18th practice. [...] Year One, I couldn’t have come close to saying it. Year Two was a little bit closer. I believe that tonight. I think it’s factual and that’s good. Our carry-over is good. Our attention to detail and things is good. Our attitudes have been great.”
Texas State sophomore offensive lineman Adrian Bellard on his impression of the offensive line: “This is going to be the best line Texas State ever had. Not to brag a little bit, but this is going to be the best line Texas State ever had. We’re all working. We’re all working hard. We’re all doing all we can in the weight room, then coming outside and doing drills and working hard at that too.”
Note: Click the above photos for a photo gallery from Wednesday’s practice.