Texas State practiced under the lights on their practice fields for the first time in a while Thursday night. Due to Summer II finals, the Bobcats started an hour later — and thus, needed some extra halogen help.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on with the show.
- Junior safety Colby Targun took full advantage of an opportunity to run with the first-string defense. Targun seemed to be everywhere Thursday night and nearly came away with a fantastic interception when he jumped an out route during 11-on-11 drills, but bobbled the ball and it fell to the turf. Like I said about JUCO transfer running back C.J. Best yesterday, Targun is an athlete. It’s not easy to play two sports as well as he does (Targun is also a standout utility player for the baseball team), but Targun balances both.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore didn’t have the best practice. Like true freshman quarterback Tyler Jones yesterday, Moore got an earful several times from co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Schultz after mistakes. Moore also threw two interceptions during 11-on-11 drills: Senior cornerback Xavier Daniels jumped a poorly thrown out and then junior linebacker Michael Orakpo hauled in an ill-advised screen pass on a busted play.
- Coaches are impressed with former Hays standout Will Trevillion. While Trevillion reported late to summer conditioning, he caught up well and from what’s being said, he could get on the field as a true freshman. Trevillion is a defensive tackle and could fill in where many thought Donald Hopkins would be, who by the way wasn’t invited to fall camp.
- Senior punter Zach Robinson has a howitzer for a leg. That is all.
- If Terrence Franks learns how to block — or the coaches decide to use him as a third-down specialist — the junior running back could be a weapon. Seeing Franks haul in that wheel route from Tyler Arndt— the same play the duo connected on last year against Texas Tech — is a thing of beauty.
- JUCO transfer cornerback Donta Clanton has a long way to go. Clanton is still learning what technique cornerbacks coach Jason Washington repeatedly wants to see. Once Clanton gets that figured out, you can tell he is naturally a gifted athlete and will be a strong asset in the secondary.
- There is a great battle brewing at right tackle between sophomore Adrian Bellard and redshirt freshman Ryan Melton. Bellard and Melton switched between first and second team through the first four practices, with Melton controlling most of the first-team reps Thursday night.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione on the intensity of practice: “It’s been that way from the first minute. There hasn’t been a drop-off. I credit our leaders a lot for that. They’re driving the train and that’s what I want them to do. They’re having fun practicing right now and they’re working hard for each other.”
Franchione on Arndt’s performance thus far: “I think Tyler’s played pretty well so far. He threw one bad ball today that he wished he’d have back, but down in-down out, he’s pretty consistent. He’s ran it a little bit more aggressively and that’s been good to see.”
Texas State freshman wide receiver Brice Gunter on why he chose Texas State: “The buzz. ‘Battle Cry.’ Seeing everything coming up. Texas State is on the rise. I want to be a part of it. I want to be one of the guys that brought it up to the top.”
Want to know where the depth chart at quarterback stands after four practices? Check back tomorrow afternoon for our mid-day update.