College Football: Franchione is evaluating the quarterbacks

Tyler took snaps with the first-team offense in Sunday’s practice.

No. Not that Tyler.

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione let true freshman Tyler Jones run with top unit — and the former Stephenville standout looked pretty good. Until Sunday, Jones worked with the scout team.

“We’re just giving everybody some reps,” Franchione said. “Kind of evaluating.”

Texas State freshman quarterback Tyler Jones runs the option during fall camp.

Tyler Jones runs the option.

Franchione used three quarterbacks in last Saturday’s 33-7 loss to Texas Tech and none instilled any confidence.

Incumbent starter Tyler Arndt turned the ball over three times, never looked comfortable against the Red Raiders and faced pressure just about the entire night. Arndt threw a goal-line interception, had the ball punched out of his hands by a blitzing defensive back and mishandled an exchange between himself and Terrence Franks that resulted in Texas Tech’s first touchdown.

Then there are redshirt freshman Jordan Moore and senior Duke DeLancellotti. Moore continues to play as if he’s over his head and DeLancellotti is too far behind Arndt and Moore to make a difference.

That leaves Jones, whose last meaningful snap came last December in the Class 3A, Division I state championship game held inside AT&T Stadium. Jones did pretty well in that game, as he led the Yellow Jackets to the title and was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after his nine-touchdown, 556-yard performance.

Texas State hosts Wyoming on Saturday.

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5 responses to “College Football: Franchione is evaluating the quarterbacks

  1. TheRevSWT

    What are you thoughts on this? I say no reason to burn his redshirt, even though I am really excited to see what he can do with the ball.

    Also, I notice there’s still no mention of Nixon… Is he even getting reps at QB?

    • I like Franchione mixing things up and giving Jones first-team reps. If he’s the quarterback of the future, Franchione might as well see if he can handle it first in practice. If Jones can’t do it there, don’t even bother in a game. Plus, it’s good for competition.

      Nixon is still a quarterback…for the scout team.

  2. Don

    It also gives the opposing coaches one more thing to think about. I doubt you’d want to burn his red-shirt— but, you might if it would mean getting bowl eligible.

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