By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large
The quarterback controversy is a familiar tune around football teams. At Texas State, the name of that tune is Clint Toon, who led the Bobcats from behind for a 21-14 victory against Angelo State Saturday night and could find himself taking over for Bradley George.
Texas State Head Coach Brad Wright inserted Toon for one series in the first half, then inserted him for the whole second half after George completed only two of nine passes for 19 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Toon went on to complete six of 11 passes for 117 yards, one touchdown and one interception. More impressively, he guided the Texas State offense to two fourth-quarter touchdowns after the Bobcats fell behind, 14-7.
“You guys can sit there and say Clint Toon should be the starting quarterback, and maybe I’d say that Clint Toon should be the starting quarterback,” Wright said. “But there are things to look at.”
George is a 26-year old junior who starred at New Braunfels Canyon and played baseball for five years in the Cincinnati Reds organization before enrolling at Texas State. As a freshman in 2006, he made the Southland Conference second team and last year he threw for 2,099 yards.
Toon prepped at Kilgore, leading the Bulldogs to a 12-2 regional finals season in 2004, his senior year. He played one year at Kilgore College before appearing in six games last year for Texas State.
But the senior who woke up Saturday as the clear backup might have worked up the depth chart, as much due to George’s troubles as his own performance.
“I just go in there and do what the coaches tell me to do,” Toon said. “I’m just trying to get our offense established.”
Wright indicated that such humble aspirations might be in line with what he wants from a quarterback. Job One for the quarterback, after all, is to not drop the snap from center, Job Two is to not drop the ball on the way to a hand off and Job Three is to not throw it to the other team. Many coaches will gladly trade away physical tools for a quarterback who is no more than error-free.
“We want the quarterback to manage the game,” Wright said. “There’s a progression of things you go through. That’s what (Toon) has done since he’s been here. He does what he’s coached to do.”
However, it won’t be until later this week when Wright reveals if Toon is being coached to start next Saturday at Southern Methodist University.