A majestic sky and cooler temperatures saw Texas State off the field Tuesday night following the final two-a-day practice of fall camp.
The Bobcats spent the entire day in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) in order to keep the legs fresh and effort at a higher level. It was also the final day Texas State could work primarily on itself, as the team shifts its focus to its game plan against Southern Mississippi beginning tomorrow.
Curious as to what happened? Want to know what quarterback stood out? We got you covered.
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore found himself bit by the Interception Bug once again. During two-minute drills, Moore threw a weak pass across the middle after a poor read that senior linebacker Damion McMiller easily hauled in for a takeaway. Just one rotation earlier, Moore overthrew a wide-open junior tight end David Lewis on a seam route.
- It was another solid practice for senior quarterback Tyler Arndt, notwithstanding a fumble on the exchange of a read option that he soon recovered. Where Moore struggled, Arndt succeeded. Arndt hit junior tight end Ryan Carden in stride on that same seam route and it nearly went for a touchdown. A few rotations later, Arndt shook junior safety Brandon Jones out of his shoes on a quarterback keeper.
- Speaking of nifty moves, two running backs left defenders scrambling to regain their feet. Junior transfer C.J. Best put senior defensive end Prestin Brown on his backside and junior Terrence Franks switched gears and blew past two linebackers. From watching Franks run, it seems as if he took Dennis Franchione’s advice to heart about being a one-cut back.
- Co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Jeff Conway told me sophomore running back Tim Gay walks to practice each morning from his apartment. It would be one thing if Gay lived in Bobcat Village across Aquarena Springs Drive, but the 5-foot-11, 200-pound bruiser lives closer to downtown. On average, it takes Gay 35-40 minutes to walk to Bobcat Stadium. Gay says it clears his mind.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione on turning the team’s attention toward Southern Mississippi: “I’ve heard them talk about ‘x’ number of days until the first game, so it’s been on their minds a little bit. This has been all about us to this point in time, but now we need to turn a big part of our practice to a game plan.”
Franchione on the team’s work ethic in fall camp: “Our guys have been pretty attentive all along. This has been a good fall camp. This group is hungry and willing to do whatever we asked them to do.”
Texas State co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Jeff Conway on the attitude of the running backs: “If you go in with the rose-colored-glasses attitude that ‘It’s a team game and everybody should be happy with their roles,’ it comes back to bite you. You have to enter this situation knowing that everybody wants the ball, every play — and that’s the way they’re built. We want them to be that way. We need to manage that as coaches. When one person far exceeds everybody else, that will change; but until then, it will be a collection of backs helping us to win games.”
Texas State redshirt freshman Justin Booth on the biggest difference about playing defensive tackle, compared to defensive end: “I have to keep my pads lower and my base wider. At end, you could just get upfield and play your position. Here, it’s a lot more technique sound and facing double teams. I’m working on all those things.”