Praise for Tyler Jones continued to roll in Tuesday afternoon.
“There weren’t a lot of flaws in his game,” Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said of Jones at his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon. “Technically, there were some things step-wise, but his presence as a quarterback really brought something to the table.”
While Jones did throw an ill-advised interception that Franchione had previously warned him about during practice, the true freshman looked solid in his debut. Jones completed 78 percent of his passes (14 of 18) for 196 yards and ran seven more times for 56 yards, including a 38-yard gain on the second play from scrimmage. Near halftime, Jones also threw a gorgeous pass that junior wide receiver Ben Ijah hauled in for a 22-yard touchdown.
“I took a few steps to the slant, bounced it outside and beat him over the top,” Ijah said. “Tyler threw a great ball and really all I had to do was run under it.
“As soon as I got off the field, I got Tyler and said, ‘Yo, we got our first touchdown together. That’s cool.'”
Here are some other notes from Tuesday’s press conference.
- It was another fantastic performance for the Bobcat defense, which is now nicknamed ‘Doom Squad.’ Texas State sacked Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith three times, pressured him 12 total times and put six hits on him through the course of the 42-21 win.
- Bowl projections? Don’t talk to Franchione about those. “It’s way too premature to be talking about that. To be 3-1 at this point in time and if we played a little better (against Texas Tech), we would have had a chance in the fourth one. Beating Wyoming catches peoples’ attention because of what they’ve been able to accomplish. We’re going to stay focused on trying to win No. 4 now.”
- Franchione mentioned it’s too early to talk about moving redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore to another position, even though Moore’s tweets hinted otherwise. Once Tyler Arndt and Duke DeLancellotti graduate, the Bobcats will be left with three quarterbacks on scholarship (Jones, Moore and Fred Nixon). Look for Moore to spend time with the scout team this week to mimic the ability of Louisiana quarterback Terrance Broadway.
- Ijah doesn’t want anything to do with ‘competing’ any longer: “We’re not here to compete: Competing ended last year. Competing ended two years ago. That’s not the goal. That’s not at all what we want to achieve when we step on the field. When we step on the field, I don’t care who it is — we’re stepping on that field expecting to win.”