What's Next At QB

After leading the offense to 42 points and a "W" over Wyoming 3 weeks ago, Freshman Tyler Jones looked like he would be entrenched as the starter going forward. With the offense sputtering the last two weeks, Coach Fran and his staff made the call to go back to Senior Tyler Arndt.

In nearly 2 and a half quarters, Tyler Jones went 6 for 15 for only 67 yards, and threw 2 INT's that both resulted in returned touchdowns by ULM's Isaiah Newsome.

With a stellar defensive effort hanging in vain, Head Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff had seen enough offensive ineptitude and decided to go back to opening day starter, Tyler Arndt.

If you look at the stats, Arndt didn't fair much better, going 6 for 19 and 81 yards. His first two series on the field did result in points though. On his first possession, starting position was deep in ULM territory at their 8 yard line because of a pick by linebacker David Mayo, but the offense could not punch it in netting only a FG.

Offensively, the 'Cats looked out of sync. Neither QB could seem to get on a roll and compliment a ground game that racked up 210 net rushing yards. Robert Lowe's new career high of 145 yards on 22 rushes and a touchdown was the benchmark.

Tyler Jones is the more natural fit for the zone read attack of the 'Cats. As a true freshman you can expect bumps and failures, it's going to happen. After his performance against Wyoming, the Bobcat faithful were giddy that the QB of the future had arrived. Did anyone think that he would get the hook after two and a half games?

So the staff reverted back to Tyler Arndt, who is a pro style pocket QB to run an offense set up for a dual threat QB with wheels. He did get the 'Cats off to a 2-1 start. Some would say he got too quick of a hook himself, only 3 games into the season. Either way you play it, you now have a freshman QB who has used up his red shirt, looked overwhelmed at times and wondering if he's going to get another shot this year at grabbing the reigns.

Arndt has endured the entire situation like a true professional, not one negative word from him. It's his senior year and what seemed like a horrible nightmare, getting benched in your final season of college football, he now has the chance to rewrite the storybook ending.

Only one factor remains, no one, even the Coaching Staff knows yet who will get the nod next Saturday come Georgia State.

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