College Football: Spring camp recap

Well, spring camp is over and football went back into hibernation.

Last Saturday marked the final scrimmage — and practice — of spring camp for Texas State. As always, the final scrimmage is the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game.

Just in case you didn’t get enough to read about the spring game (won by Maroon 28-14) from my 800-word story on our website, here are a few more words with my thoughts on what transpired. I’ll also try to recap spring camp as well.

Let’s get to it.

  • If there wasn’t a clear depth chart at quarterback, there is now. Soon-to-be senior Tyler Arndt and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore separated themselves with their performances at the Maroon and Gold Spring Game. Arndt completed 12 of 18 passes for 151 and a pair of touchdowns (each went to soon-to-be junior Ben Ijah) and Moore led three second-half touchdown drives, albeit all but one on a shortened field. Moore seemed to have a better command of the offense than ever before and threw several beautiful balls, one of which went for a 54-yard touchdown to junior transfer tight end Kris Petersen. Moore also connected with soon-to-be sophomore Brandon Smith on a corner route, but it was negated by holding. If I had to guess, Moore is on top of the chart right now with Arndt millimeters behind. More than likely we’ll see a 1A (Moore) and 1B (Arndt) come fall.
  • What about those other quarterbacks? Soon-to-be senior Duke DeLancellotti had an awful spring capped by a miserable performance in the spring game and redshirt freshman Fred Nixon doesn’t deserve to be a college quarterback. I’d expect Nixon to switch to running back or wide receiver in the fall.
  • Back to Arndt. He seems to have a solid connection with Ijah, finding him four times for 46 yards in the spring game. Arndt and Ijah nearly hooked up for another reception, which could have gone for a long gain if Arndt didn’t put too much air under the ball. Arndt also had soon-to-be junior DeChe’ Milburn wide open.
  • Texas State will be fine at running back. Soon-to-be sophomore Tim Gay and soon-to-be sophomore Robert Lowe each had tremendous spring camps and redshirt sophomore Chris Nutall impressed head coach Dennis Franchione with his performance last Saturday. Gay, Lowe and Nutall combined to rush for 110 yards on 19 carries. Nutall had the most of those yards, ripping off 63 on seven carries. Throw in soon-to-be junior Terrence Franks and junior transfer C.J. Best, the Bobcats will have an embarrassment of riches at the position in four months.
  • Junior transfer Michael Orakpo won himself a starting nod at linebacker come fall. So did soon-to-be senior Damion McMiller. Let’s not forget about soon-to-be sophomore Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon. What about soon-to-be junior David Mayo, who should recover from a torn MCL? I guess what I’m trying to say is that Texas State is loaded at linebacker. Too bad the Bobcats run a 4-2-5 and only two of them can be on the field at once.
  • Texas State must find someone who can play opposite soon-to-be junior cornerback Craig Mager. It’s tough to trust soon-to-be senior Xavier Daniels so soon after switching from safety to cornerback. Daniels doesn’t have the position down just yet.

That’s good for now. If you have any questions, leave them below in the comment section.


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5 responses to “College Football: Spring camp recap

  1. Lost Cat

    What did you think of offensive and defensive lines this spring? Will depth be an issue in the fall?

    • Texas State is set with its first-string offensive line: Bellard, Tuttle, Freeman, Crawford, Baker. If they continue to gel, the Bobcats will be in good shape since they looked good in the spring. Second-string offensive line has a few holes, but should be able to be filled in: Melton, Romero, Fissell, Potter, Yoder. Defensive line is coming along, but Odiari and Yendrey should provide immediate help. McColloch is a monster and Norfleet continues to improve. Hood and McClarty are two interior linemen to look out for in the future.

  2. Daniel

    Fred Nixon not at QB??? I don’t know about that, he’s still young and by his junior year he should be able to compete to be starting QB.

    • I remember Franchione telling me something after the season that if Moore or Nixon don’t look too good at quarterback, they could be moved to another position. Moore seems to have settled in, Nixon hasn’t. Nixon would be lost in the mix come 2014, when Texas State has Moore (a sophomore then), Tyler Jones (a redshirt freshman or sophomore) and a few possible recruits.

  3. Pingback: College Football: Moore’s maturation puts him in the mix | Texas State Sports

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