A morning dew was still on the field when Texas State opened practice Monday morning. For the eighth time in the last 10 days, the Bobcats woke up bright and early for an 8 a.m. session.
Even though Texas State started slow, the pace picked up as practice progressed.
Want to know how the Bobcats looked and who stood out? Keep reading.
- Senior quarterback Tyler Arndt looked sharp during 11-on-11 red-zone drills. Arndt appeared confident in his ability to run the read-option and quickly progressed through his reads when passing. Perhaps his best throw was a bullet to junior tight end Brad Miller in the back of the end zone. Miller ran a great route and Arndt found him for a touchdown. Arndt and Miller connected earlier in practice during Hail Mary drills, when the ball got batted in the air and wound up in Miller’s lap.
- Redshirt freshman Jordan Moore shook off a slow start to have a solid morning. During end-of-game Hail Mary drills in which the offense didn’t face a pass rush, Moore barely worked through his reads and tucked the ball as if to run. Moore later showed why he is the best quarterback of the bunch at running a true option when he froze a defender and took off for a long gain.
- Mark this down: Junior wide receiver Ben Ijah will be Texas State’s best possession receiver this year. Ijah is a Venus Flytrap around footballs and his hands rival sophomore wide receiver Brandon Smith for best on the team. If the Bobcats need a big catch on third down, look for No. 1 to bring it down.
- Monday was originally supposed to be a scrimmage, but those plans changed. Referees still showed up and that wasn’t a good thing with how undisciplined the offense was at times (false starts).
- Sophomore running back Chris Nutall continued to work with the first-string offense and his play is getting rave reviews from head coach Dennis Franchione as well as junior linebacker Michael Orakpo.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione on practice: “It’s always kind of amazing to me, you give them a day off and then they come back a little sluggish. We started a little slow and then it was a little up and down, a little sloppy at times, but we got a lot of good work in. We just need to start to clean a few more things up quicker than what we’ve done.”
Franchione on the new crop of tight ends: “They got to start minimizing their mental mistakes. Physically, we can see they’re talented. It’s just a matter of getting them stronger mentally. When they know what they’re doing, they’ll rise and compete for the top pretty quick — and they are now, but right now they’re a little prone to making a mistake or two more than the others.”
Senior cornerback Xavier Daniels on his improvement since the spring: “I definitely have to improve on my technique. Things happen a lot faster at corner. I just need to come out, work hard and get better every day. I’m getting better with my footwork and accelerating out of my break.”