Texas State Camp Report: Offense looks to thrive in 2012
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Moving into the FBS ranks means many things for the Texas State Bobcats, and chief among them is stepping-up their play on the field.
To do that, the Cats hope to lean on an improved offense, which at the very least will be better understood by the players in Dennis Franchione's second year.
"Offensively, we're light years ahead from where we were last year. We have more plays in, we're limiting our turnovers, so we've figured that out. We're just ready to go out there and make more plays," said running back Marcus Curry.
As always, that'll start with the quarterback position, which at the moment, is unsettled. Both Shaun Rutherford and Tyler Arndt return after playing last season.
"We're just kind of letting this thing play itself out and seeing who survives the test of time from a consistency standpoint. It's a good battle, and we're happy we've got the choice to make and we've got two that can play," said Franchione.
Luckily for whichever signal-caller gets the call, he'll have a productive backfield providing support. Both of the Cats leading rushers from 20-11 -- Terrence Franks and Marcus Curry -- return a year older and a year wiser.
The guys catching the ball should be productive too.
That group includes Chase Harper, who begins the year on the watch list for the Mackey Award, which goes to the nation's best tight end.
"He has extremely soft hands, he runs routes well and catches the ball well, plus he's very physical. Chase is a very raw athlete," co-offensive coordinator Mike Schultz said.
In summary, the Bobcats feel like the pieces are in place to help this team exceed the 25 points per-game it scored last year.
Do that, and they could exceed last year's win total of six.
"I think we'll be very good. I think if we play to our potential, we can go undefeated," said Rutherford.