True freshman quarterback Tyler Arndt (12) will get the start for Texas State Saturday, when they begin their home schedule against Southern Arkansas. Texas State sports information photo.
On the whole, Tyler Arndt is pretty happy right now with his decision to play football at Texas State.
The true freshman quarterback from Cuero, who led the Gobblers to three consecutive state semifinal appearances in Class 3A, will make his first college start two weeks after starting college when the Bobcats play their home opener against Southern Arkansas at Bobcat Stadium (6 p.m.).
“It’s turned out well,” Arndt said. “I’m getting my chance and I just have to keep getting better.”
Arndt earned his chance, said Texas State coach Brad Wright, simply because he moved the team better than starting quarterback Tim Hawkins last Saturday, when the Bobcats lost, 68-28, at Houston.
Arndt came off the bench to complete 14 of 22 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown against the Cougars. Arndt also ran for two touchdowns.
Hawkins, the sophomore starter, completed one of nine passes for 12 yards with two interceptions.
Wright said Hawkins still will receive plenty of playing time. Wright said the team’s lack of experience at quarterback requires that both be developed.
“We use the same playbook,” Wright said. “We don’t have two different offenses.”
The Bobcats will look for a big win Saturday against Southern Arkansas, a Division II squad from the Gulf South Conference that scored 19 touchdowns last year and lost its opener, 20-0, last Saturday at Harding University in Searcy, AK.
It could shape up as a good break-in game for Arndt, who led Cuero to a 36-5 record in his three years as the quarterback. He finished his high school career with 75 touchdown passes and more than 7,100 career passing yards.
Arndt, who is 6-feet-4 and 205 pounds, said he chose Texas State because he wanted to stay in Texas. He visited Virginia and also mentioned deep discussions with Houston and Vanderbilt. The other schools to recruit him were Missouri, Texas Christian, Arizona and Purdue.
Choosing another school might have given him a larger stage, but down the road. Choosing Texas State has put the ball in his hands within a month of the team’s first fall workout in his freshman season.
“I don’t have the whole offense down, but every week you learn a little more,” Arndt said.
Offensively, the Bobcats have more going for them now than they had a week ago, with Karrington Bush now available to play. Bush, a senior with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, rushed for 73 yards against Houston.
Wright said that rotating Bush with Frank Reddic and Dexter Imade at the running back will really begin to pay off once the Bobcats are deep into the Southland Conference season and the team has fresh legs.
But the defense also will be under scrutiny Saturday. With 131 games of starting experience returning, the Bobcats were no match for Houston’s record-setting passing attack.
“The key to us is to do what we have to do better,” Wright said.Email | Print