Bobcat football airs it out in 2nd scrimmage

Texas State senior quarterback Duke DeLancellotti completed four of seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the Bobcats’ second spring scrimmage. (Daily Record Photo by Gerald Castillo)

Few players had more to prove Saturday morning in Texas State’s second spring scrimmage than soon-to-be senior quarterback Duke DeLancellotti.

Even before the Bobcats started spring camp, head coach Dennis Franchione lavished a mountain of praise on DeLancellotti for the field general’s offseason work ethic. Franchione made it seem as if DeLancellotti, who only saw action in two games last season, was the odds-on favorite to assert himself.

Yet through 11 practices in spring camp, DeLancellotti did little to back up Franchione’s claims. DeLancellotti looked out of sorts and fell to third on the depth chart behind soon-to-be senior Tyler Arndt and redshirt freshman Jordan Moore.
“Duke has had a rough go,” Franchione said after his team’s first scrimmage two weeks ago. “You can spend days up there (in the film room), but — if you come out here and can’t make it happen on the field — this is the proof.”

DeLancellotti agreed that he wasn’t meeting his lofty expectations.
“I wasn’t playing up to my potential,” DeLancellotti said. “I was getting frustrated with myself.

“I tried to make too many plays and with me pressing, trying to make plays every play, was taking me out of my game. I wasn’t doing the right things.”

DeLancellotti settled down a bit last week and took control of the second- and third-string offense in the second scrimmage. With Arndt and Moore struggling throughout the afternoon, DeLancellotti knew it was time to step up.

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