Practice Report (3.31.14)

Entering the third week of practice, players are starting to fall into their appropriate tier. Today was a show of the offense and the early signs look to an offense potentially taking shape.

Spring practice has been designed to implement the Bobcats new up tempo offense, running from drill to drill, and having many different things going on at the same time. The frenetic pace, and sometimes chaos, makes it hard to really see who is standing out when not in a scrimmage set up. However, now that there is a clear first, second, and third team, it is a little easier to see who the coaches have evaluated as establishing themselves on the depth chart.

C.J. Best continues to receive his share of touches, and is developing really well on of his transition from RB to Slot WR. He had the most catches in this past Saturdays scrimmage and continues to receive lots of looks out of the slot position in practice. We talked to him afterwards about his increased work load this spring.

"This is my first time playing receiver, I came in as a running back, but the coaches saw that i was good in space. I've just taken on the role and I'm really enjoying it so far. I just need to continue on improving my hands and running crisp routes," said Best.

Since the first week of practice Tyler Jones has looked like he is handling the newly installed no huddle offense like an upperclassmen rather than just a sophomore. His passing accuracy and timing looks to get better with every practice and looks to be in complete control of the offense even this early in the new stages of installment. We asked him about how he is liking the new offense so far.

"The offense has mostly stayed the same, aside from obvious pace of it. I really love the new pace and Coach Fran is showing me a lot more trust and is opening the offense up to me a little bit to make plays in the passing game. Right now I'm just really enjoying getting to know my guys and i feel like we are all on the same page and have the same goals in mind," said Jones.

The Texas State offense is showing to have talent and signs of potential can lead you to wonder what it might be this fall. Add an established backfield and a wide receiving corps led by Ben Ijah and Brandon Smith, this group is already putting on a show in spring practice.

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