It's been just over a week since Texas State had to replace John Thompson at Defensive Coordinator. Brad Franchione is now serving as Interim DC as the 'Cats prepare to face the Ragin Cajuns. Head Coach Dennis Franchione touched on that and more in Monday morning's conference call.
We just went back to work on fundamentals, worked on ourselves as much as we could. It's nice to have that week to be able to do that in the middle of the season. Really, just kind of started on Lafayette, in earnest last night.
Any progression, goals, or improvements that you've seen with Brad Franchione taking over as the DC?
I think just the good fundamental work we got that was needed, the energy of course. It gave us time to work on the changes that we wanted to make and evaluate personnel, do a lot of evaluation of everything. It was good to have those days. When the season started we had a bye week, a game with Lafayette, another bye week and I didn't think I liked that. In our case right now, it's good for us.
ULL has struggled on defense, giving up 40pts a loss. Anything on tape you've seen that yal might be able to exploit?
Lafayette is right were they were last year at this time and they went onto when something like 7 of their last 8, or something like that. This is still a talented, well coached, hard to beat team. We've certainly had our struggles with them and we have a lot of respect for Coach Hudspeth and their players, their program, and what they've been able to do. We know it's the conference season which makes it the second season within the season.
What the status of the team health-wise going into Lafayette?
Health-wise with the open week helps, certainly a great deal to have a chance to get some guys back.
Also on Tuesday, we confirmed that Texas State was without 3 of it's Top 4 defensive tackles going into the Houston game. Starter Dallas McClarty, and key reserves Dondre Elvoid, and Landon Beck were all held out because of undisclosed injuries. Unfortunately, during the game starter Mershaad Dillon also went down, leaving the 'Cats without their Top 4 D-Tackles. Walk on Herbert Gonzalez played a significant amount and Texas State was forced to mainly stay in a 3 man front. There has been no timetable or prognosis given for Dillon's return.