No quarterback has been more consistent since spring ball than senior Tyler Arndt.
While redshirt freshman Jordan Moore went through his “peaks and valleys,” Arndt traveled along a steady road.
Another impressive number of Bobcats showed up to voluntary offseason conditioning this afternoon.
It’s hard to believe, but in less than 10 days Texas State reports to its first practice in preparation for the 2013 season. On Aug. 31, the Bobcats open their second campaign as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision at Southern Mississippi.
Texas State didn’t run 7-on-7 drills after conditioning due to a smaller number of defensive backs available. Instead, the Bobcats ran positional drills with linebackers and defensive backs working on coverages, offensive linemen went through schemes and quarterbacks and running backs/wide receivers flowed through routes.
Texas State senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford is the first to admit he needs to be steadier under center.
“As I told you after the SFA game, the biggest thing with me is consistency” Rutherford said after last Saturday’s 35-14 loss to New Mexico.
In the first half against the Lobos, Rutherford looked solid. Rutherford completed 11 of his 13 passes for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His throw on a 35-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Andy Erickson couldn’t have been better.
Rutherford, who is ranked 15th in the nation by ESPN’s Quarterback Rating, fell off in the second half. He only threw for 39 yards and one of his eight pass attempts landed in UNM’s hands.
In both of the Bobcats’ wins this season, Rutherford was stout in each half. Outside of a rough fourth quarter against Stephen F. Austin, Rutherford guided Texas State’s offense well in victories over the Lumberjacks and Houston.
The same can’t be said in the second half of Bobcat losses. Rutherford is 8-of-16 for 72 yards with an interception and has been pulled each game in favor of junior quarterback Tyler Arndt.
In order for Texas State to have as much success as possible in conference play, which begins Saturday night against Idaho, Rutherford needs to develop into a consistent threat.
When the Texas State Bobcats practice inside Bobcat Stadium tonight, they’ll notice something different about the facades of the upper decks. Construction crews took down existing advertisements in preparation to put up new ribbons boards,which have been delivered to the stadium.
And now for some tidbits from Tuesday’s morning practice…
Texas State sports fans, this afternoon was the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game at Bobcat Stadium. For my thoughts from the Gold team’s 26-17 win, click below.
Texas State sports fans, here are a few notes/thoughts from this afternoon’s scrimmage.
First of all, Texas State sports fans, how about an updated picture of the construction at Bobcat Stadium.
While construction crews were hard at work building the North Side Complex, the Bobcats took to the practice fields for their 10th spring practice. In total, Texas State is allowed to have 15 practice sessions, two of which need to be without pads.
Two of the Bobcats’ final five practices will be scrimmages, beginning with tonight’s (Friday) inside Bobcat Stadium. Texas State will then host the Maroon and Gold Spring Game next Saturday.
When the Bobcats scrimmage tonight, they’ll feature a full kicking game (kick/punt returns, field goals, punts). How many plays Texas State runs will base on how healthy the team stays as well as how the flow of the game progresses.
Spoke with sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt after practice Tuesday afternoon. Arndt split time with junior slashback Tim Hawkins in a 23-22 loss at Central Arkansas and has seen his playing time steadily increase with junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford on the shelf with a shoulder injury.
Here is what Arndt had to say about a number of topics.
On his performance in Saturday’s loss to the Bears — “It was all right. When it came down to make a big play, I missed the receiver and you can’t do those things. Throughout the game I felt good. I made some big-time throws and that’s good. Receivers hung in there and Cody [Matthews] gave that extra effort on his touchdown [15-yard catch]. That’s what we need in those types of games.”
On his interception with Texas State trying to get into range for freshman kicker Will Johnson — “You read it off the corner and the corner stuck down on the route we had down there, so I tried to throw the corner route to Brad [Miller] and left it a little behind him, and the safety was there and picked it off.”
On how difficult it was to get into a rhythm while substituting with Hawkins — “Yeah, it was tough. That’s the coaches’ decision, so you can’t do anything about that. You’d like to get into a rhythm and get the defense guessing. It seemed like we didn’t do enough of that.”
On how the offense can get its rushing attack going again — “The biggest thing is trying to keep them off-balance. You need to hit some passes, then try to run it and go back and forth. That’s the big key. You don’t want to show them too many tendencies on offense. Hopefully we can do that this Saturday.”
On his future with the program (there has been a lot of speculation about his role diminishing next season with the addition of two quarterbacks to the roster) — “I’m not going to comment on that one.”
Arndt spent Tuesday’s practice with the first-string offense, while Hawkins joined the backups. Rutherford still didn’t practice, but held on field goals for Johnson.
Spoke with Texas State sophomore quarterback Tyler Arndt after practice and he said it’s ‘highly likely’ he would start Saturday afternoon against Central Arkansas.
Junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford is still feeling ‘banged up’ from a sack he took last Saturday in the game with Prairie View A&M. Rutherford landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder when PVAMU defensive back Chris Townsend planted him in the first quarter.
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in Conway, Ark.
Got a comment from Maximum Bobcat earlier today asking me to speak with assistant head coach/co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Schultz.
After last Saturday’s 23-10 loss to Northwestern State, in which incumbent starting quarterback Shaun Rutherford and the passing offense didn’t have their best days, I planned on speaking to Schultz, so here is what he had to say about various topics.