Football is almost here. Are you ready for it?
Next Saturday, Texas State opens the 2013 season on the road at Southern Mississippi. If the Bobcats can beat the Golden Eagles — and ‘Beat Texas State Day‘ doesn’t come to fruition — it would be the second consecutive victory in a season opener against a team from Conference USA.
Before the Bobcats take on Southern Miss, they must finalize a depth chart — and this post is to help them (and you, as fans) out. Take a look at who the Daily Record should start at various offensive positions.
1. Tyler Arndt (Sr.)
2. Jordan Moore (R-Fr.)
Analysis: No change here. Arndt gives Texas State the best chance to win.
1. Tim Gay (Soph.)
2. Chris Nutall (Soph.)
3. C.J. Best (Jr.) or Terrence Franks (Jr.) or Robert Lowe (Soph.)
Analysis: Gay can do it all (block, catch, run) and Nutall charged his way up the depth chart with a fantastic fall camp. Best, Franks and Lowe should be used based on their individual skill sets this season.
‘Z’ Wide Receiver
1. Andy Erickson (Sr.)
2. Jafus Gaines (Soph.) or Michael Gilmore (Jr.)
Analysis: Erickson blossomed into a true threat with Battle out last year.
‘H’ Wide Receiver
1. Isaiah Battle (Sr.)
2. Brice Gunter (Fr.)
Analysis: Battle is about as solid as you can get here. Expect Gunter to see action as a possession receiver when Texas State needs a big catch on third down or in the red zone.
‘X’ Wide Receiver
1. Brandon Smith (Soph.)
2. Ben Ijah (Jr.)
Analysis: Smith gives the Bobcats quite a formidable trio at wide receiver. Ijah is going to be a lot like Gunter.
Tight End/’Y’ Wide Receiver
1. Bradley Miller (Jr.)
2. David Lewis (Jr.) or Kris Petersen (Jr.)
3. Ryan Carden (Jr.)
Analysis: Miller and Lewis have been here the longest, next to Petersen. Carden will rocket up the depth chart once he gets the offense down, just like Lawrence White.
1. Devin Baker (Sr.)
2. Hayden Lambert (R-Fr.)
Analysis: If Baker gets hurt, I’d expect Bellard to switch from strong tackle and Melton to move back.
1. Ryan Melton (R-Fr.)
2. Zach Crawford (Soph.)
Analysis: Melton moved here to give Texas State a bigger O-line halfway through fall camp.
1. Charlie Will Tuttle (Jr.)
2. Matt Freeman (Soph.)
Analysis: Tuttle is back to the position he loves. Freeman’s size, not knee, led to his demotion.
1. Felix Romero (R-Fr.)
2. Tyler Potter (Sr.)
Analysis: Romero should be a mainstay on the line for years to come.
1. Adrian Bellard (Soph.)
2. Andrew Sims (Sr.) or Mike Yoder (Sr.)
Analysis: Bellard slimmed down and will be a big asset for the Bobcats.