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College Athletics: 2012 Bobcat Athletes of the Year

On Wednesday, the Daily Record announced its 2012 Bobcat Athletes of the Year. Our honorees were quarterback Shaun Rutherford (Male), softball pitchers Chandler Hall/Anne Marie Taylor (Female) and women’s basketball head coach Zenarae Antoine (Newcomer).

Here are the winners from the past few years:


  • 2012: Shaun Rutherford
  • 2011: Casey Kalenkosky
  • 2010: Carson Smith


  • 2012: Chandler Hall/Anne Marie Taylor
  • 2011: Amber Calhoun/Chandler Hall
  • 2010: Britney Curry


  • 2012: Zenarae Antoine
  • 2011: Michael Ebbitt
  • 2010: Tyler Arndt

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College Football: Rutherford’s inconsistency

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.


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College Football: Construction and practice tidbits

First of all, Texas State sports fans, how about an updated picture of the construction at Bobcat Stadium.

Take a look at the newest lower-level section at Bobcat Stadium (Tyler Mayforth).

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.

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College Football: Arndt ‘highly likely’ to start Saturday at UCA

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.

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College Football: Talking About Quarterback Play With Mike Schultz

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.

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College Football: Quarterback Poll

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College Football: Thoughts On The McNeese State Game

  • For as maligned as junior transfer quarterback Shaun Rutherford was earlier this season, he’s improved during Texas State’s four-game winning streak, especially in the last three victories. Since the Bobcats beat Stephen F. Austin, Rutherford completed 26 of his 39 passes for 460 yards, with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Those numbers include Saturday night’s performance against McNeese State, in which Rutherford went 8-for-11 with 110 yards and a touchdown.
  • Rutherford threw a great ball to junior transfer wide receiver Isaiah Battle to put Texas State up 19-14 with nine minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, Rutherford found sophomore tight end David Lewis alone in the end zone for an ensuing two-point conversion, which gave the Bobcats their 21-14 cushion.
  • Texas State cut down on its penalties Saturday night, but still put the ball on the ground too much. The Bobcats fumbled five times, yet recovered each gaffe. Out of the five fumbles, the last two — one on a bad exchange between Rutherford and junior running back Marcus Curry, then a bad snap to punter Ben Follis — could have spelled disaster for Dennis Franchione‘s team.
  • Most of the credit from the win against the Cowboys goes to Texas State’s defense. Even though McNeese State gashed the Bobcats for 365 yards of total offense (220 on the ground), they took a bend-but-don’t-break approach. Texas State only allowed 14 points, which lowered its season average to 29.2. Still a high number, but not bad when you consider Texas Tech and Wyoming put up 95 points in two games.
  • The Bobcats need to get better at their third-down offense. Texas State struggled once again, converting only two of its 11 attempts. If the Bobcats moved the chains on their final drive, the Cowboys wouldn’t have had an opportunity to tie the game.
  • From watching this team in practice and in games, I get a feeling these guys don’t just want to win: they expect to. Texas State can make it five wins in a row this Saturday against Lamar.

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College Football: Rutherford shines in 35-26 win over SFA

Texas State needed junior quarterback Shaun Rutherford to prove himself to be a leader of the team.

Rutherford did just that Saturday night, pacing the Bobcats to a 35-26 win against Stephen F. Austin. The transfer from Blinn College accounted for 323 yards of total offense (241 passing, 82 rushing) and all of the team’s touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in the victory.

Not only did Rutherford cement himself into a role as the starting quarterback, he helped Texas State continue its dominance of the Lumberjacks. The Bobcats now have won seven of their last eight games with SFA, including each of the last five.

Rutherford connected with a pair of fellow Blinn College transfers Isaiah Battle (50, 27) and Kyle Doll (23) on touchdown passes, then found Navarro College transfer Chase Harper for a 71-yard score. The quarterback ran in the final touchdown of the night from 22 yards out to ice the game with two minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Texas State improved to .500 (2-2) and hosts Nicholls State next Saturday at 6 p.m.


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College Football: Why Arndt Didn’t Play

Texas State did a lot of things differently against Tarleton State in its home opener Saturday night.

First, the Bobcats actually scored in the second half. Opponents outscored Texas State 69-0 in the second 30 minutes entering the home opener, but Dennis Franchione‘s team turned the tables in front of 15,800 fans.

While the Bobcats didn’t shut down the Texans in the second half, they outscored Tarleton State by nine points (25-16). Texas State got touchdown runs from redshirt freshman Terrence Franks (2, 31) and junior Tim Hawkins (54) as well as a 37-yard field goal from freshman kicker Will Johnson.

The Bobcats also used junior linebacker Joplo Bartu as a defensive end. Bartu got the opportunity due to a mismatch the coaching staff saw. The junior from Waller forced a fumble, recorded 4 1/2 tackles (4 solo) and brought a Texan down behind the line of scrimmage.

Lastly, Texas State went the full game without rotating quarterbacks. Junior transfer Shaun Rutherford took every snap Saturday night, rushing for 46 yards on 13 carries while completing 11 of his 22 passes for 106 yards.

Why didn’t sophomore Tyler Arndt see playing time? After all, Arndt played in both games prior to the 38-28 win against Tarleton.

“We got into a rhythm with Shaun and before you knew it, it was almost halftime,” Franchione said. “His execution in the last minute [in the first half] was good. I felt like he had rhythm and feel for the game.

“He had three or four passes dropped that should have been catches. Then when you get too late in the game and we were moving the ball, you don’t make a change then. That’s just the way this game turned out.”


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College Football: Was Rutherford Pulled Too Soon Against Texas Tech?

It’s well-documented on this blog and in the pages of the San Marcos Daily Record that Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione doesn’t mind using a two-quarterback system. Both junior transfer Shaun Rutherford and sophomore Tyler Arndt have seen time at the position in the first two games of the 2011 season.

Rutherford got the start in the season opener against Texas Tech and played well. He led the Bobcats to a 10-0 lead and the Red Raiders needed to respect his ability to run the ball.

Franchione and his staff used Arndt as well in the game and the offense stalled once both quarterbacks continually traded places. With that known, does Franchione feel he took Rutherford out too early, maybe costing the team a win?

“Shaun had a great first half [in the game with Texas Tech] and we probably should have left him in, but we made a commitment to play Tyler in the first half,” Franchione said. “If Shaun has a good first half, or if Tyler has a good first half [from now on], the other might not play.”

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