Weekend Wrap-up

Just five days remain before Texas State kicks off their season against Southern Mississippi and the Bobcats are focused on getting their legs back after a trying fall camp.

For the third year in a row the Bobcats will start their season off on the road. The team is expected to return to pads Tuesday and Wednesday after they took it light on contact this weekend.

"I talked to several of them before practice about how their bodies are feeling," said coach Dennis Franchione. "I think they're coming back pretty good. Coach Cundiff did a pretty good job with them this summer and we've had a good camp because of it."

Two of the more intriguing storylines heading into week one deal with the quarterbacks and defensive line. The Bobcats are expected to play both Tyler Arndt and Jordan Moore in the first two games. The defense will also be sporting some 3-3-5 looks along with their base 4-2-5 defense.

"I just have to say to myself that I'm just a redshirt freshman I don't have any division 1 college game experience," Moore said. "I've just been working on cleaning up my mistakes, making the right reeds and the right throws and going out there and handling my business. I came out this past spring and proved to coach Fran and coach Schultz that I'm ready to compete for the starting job and I've been doing that since then."

An improved linebacker core that includes newcomer Mike Orakpo has allowed the Bobcats to take some of the pressure off of the defensive line, who suffered through a slew of injuries last season that put the secondary in some tough spots last year.

"When you've got guys banged up you have to get in whatever makes you work," said defensive tackle Blake McColloch. "We're stacked at linebacker so if we can get some more of them on the field that's what we do."

Texas State probably won't name an official starting quarterback until their date with Texas Tech September 21. The team is preparing for everything and anything that could be thrown at them by the Golden Eagles this week who have a new coaching staff after they went winless last year.

"They've got a pretty good grasp on things," Francione said. "We've gotten to the point now that when we ring the bell they answer and they try to go hard."

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