Scrimmage #2

In the first weeks of spring practice the new pace and talent of the offense seemed to be too much for the Bobcats defense. Today was a different story, the defense took total control and forced the issue.

While its hard to tell if the offense was doing poorly or the defense was just on point, a few things did stand out as substantial improvements from earlier in spring Practice for Texas State.

-Tackling has improved immensely, the intensity is up and the defense is excited for contact and the amount of missed tackles is way down from what we thought was going to be a lackluster defense.

-The Defense forced 6 turnovers, including 2 4th down stops, and 3 interceptions, (2 by Darnell Daily). The secondary controlled the game by laying big hits and by using their speed to close space and break up passes.

-Improving defensive line was able to get pressure on the quarterbacks and force the quarterbacks to scramble quite a bit. They where able to limit the yardage by keeping them from getting outside, forcing all the rushes up the middle of the field where help was readily available.

"We are really starting to be able to play free, without thinking too much about what our assignments are supposed to be," said Safety Damani Alexcee. He's been the spark to the roaring fire of this new version of the defense, leading by example with his constant big hits, solid pass coverage, and overall intensity.

Another player who's stock is rising among the coaching staff is Junior transfer Darnell Daily, who put on a clinic today as a linebacker in the second team defense, recording several tackles and two interceptions on back to back possessions.

"It took him a little while for him to get used to the learning and adjusting to the tempo of things, which is not unusual, but it was really great to see him go out there and make some plays for us today. Its a good sign that he is making progress," said Head Coach Dennis Franchione about his performance.

"I thought the Defense had a really good day, I was really glad to see that. Seeing the defense take steps forward was really good for us. I thought hey played fast, physical, and confident," said Coach Franchionne, about the overall play of the defense today.

-The offense did have its moments, however. RB Terrence Franks had two rushing touchdowns on the day. The first came on the early on in the scrimmage when the defense was just ramping up. The second came late in the scrimmage on one of the better possessions by the offense.

-Three quarterbacks took a majority of the snaps. Tyler Jones, who's the entrenched starting QB, had a marginal day. He did, however, come alive toward the end of the scrimmage leading the first team down the field for a late score. It appears there will be an interesting battle for the back up QB spot. Connor White had a pretty good day completing a handful of really good passes while leading the second team down the field several times. Meanwhile, Fred Nixon had a very efficient scrimmage running the offense very quickly. All three QBs did well in the up-tempo Bobcat offense, but Nixon seemed to excel in it.

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