If you don’t read this blog throughout the day for Texas State football news, you’ll miss a lot. Thursday was proof of that.
In case you forgot to check us out, the race to figure out who will be starting quarterback of the Bobcats got much clearer.
A bunch of other individuals starred Thursday night as the Bobcats went through game-like situations (overtime as well as drives starting at the opposing 35-yard line and 1-yard line) with referees present. So who stood out as Texas State scrimmaged in shells (helmets and shoulder pads)?
Let’s get to it.
- If sophomore wide receiver Brandon Smith doesn’t get at least 15,000 touches per game (more or less), his talent will go to waste. Maybe 15,000 touches is a few too many; but Smith is truly a special player. During overtime drills, redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore hit Smith on a quick out and the Prattville product slashed through the defense on his way to a touchdown. Later in the night senior quarterback Tyler Arndt planted his feet after faking an option pitch and dropped a perfect pass over Smith’s shoulder for a 17-yard score. All Smith had to do was make the catch as he was blanketed by senior cornerback Xavier Daniels.
- Sophomore running back Chris Nutall wants to make a name for himself. When Nutall entered spring camp, his name barely fit on the depth chart. Now? He’ll get first-team reps according to Franchione. Nutall impressed Thursday night as he ran hard and showed great vision on a 24-yard run down to the 1-yard line during overtime drills. There wasn’t much space when Nutall cut through the offensive line, but slashed through two linebackers and eventually made it near the end zone.
- Enough about sophomores: How about a junior? Ben Ijah will be the Bobcats’ best possession wide receiver this season, taking the place of former first-down man DeChe’ Milburn. Ijah hauled in a few impressive catches and seems to have a solid rapport with Arndt and Duke DeLancellotti.
- Junior running back C.J. Best saw action with the first-string offense Thursday night. Goes to show how well Best learned the playbook in a few weeks.
- How about a local angle? Former Hays product Will Trevillion worked out with the first-string defense Thursday night. Trevillion might have been slow catching up in the weight room, but Franchione said he wouldn’t be surprised to see him play a bit in 2013.
- Can’t say enough about how much I like seeing Texas State run a 3-3-5 scheme. Right now the Bobcats have three starting linebackers (junior David Mayo, senior Damion McMiller and junior Michael Orakpo) ready to make an impact. Why not put them on the field at the same time?
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione on sophomore running back Chris Nutall: “He ran well tonight. I told Coach Conway (Texas State running backs coach Jeff Conway) we’ll have to put him in with the ones now and see how he does there. He’s running the ball well. We hear this from hearing out defensive kids talk, defensive kids don’t like to tackle him. He’s built low to the ground and runs hard.”
Texas State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Schultz on the quarterbacks: “It’s getting close to that time when we need to start making some decisions. We feel like we’re getting this thing down to one or two guys, just because of reps. We need to make sure we’re getting reps to the guys who we’ll get out on that field.”