Max Duggan could become the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener for Gary Patterson. Duggan, from Counsel Bluffs, Iowa, is in a heated competition with Michael Collins, Justin Rogers, and Kansas State transfer Alex Delton to start against Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie is leaving the door open for Duggan, but Delton looks like the odds on favorite through five practices. Former four-star recruit Rogers is still limited by a catastrophic knee injury suffered two years ago during his senior season in high school.
Camps have a definite yin and yang. At Texas Tech that push/pull was on display yesterday as Tech’s secondary created six turnovers. In other news, the offense turned the ball over six times. Red Raider captain Adrian Frye is the leader of the takeaway crew with two picks in camp this week.
Texas State defensive backs coach Brett Dewhurst is excited about his eighteen young charges. He’s trying to apply pressure to his unit by playing situational football early on in camp. Dewhurst likes that his group contributes on special teams as well as it forces them to perform well in space.
Communication is critical in the secondary, and the ‘Cats are working on making sure everyone’s on the same page. Dewhurst is focused on making sure his safeties are getting the secondary lined up correctly, especially given the atmosphere ’they’re anticipating at Kyle Field to open the season.
The Aggies are starting to hit a groove on offense, and head coach Jimbo Fisher knows that by his team’s practice tempo. He also likes the competitiveness of practice, and, most importantly, the lack of assignment busts that seemed to plague practice for the first few days.
True freshman Kenyon Green is getting a real look at guard. The 6-4, 330 pound Army All-American from Atascocita is in a battle to start on the interior.
Receiver Quartney Davis missed practice this week but is expected back on the field soon and certainly in time for the opener.
JUCO safety Naheem Smith is already contributing to the Owl secondary. The safety from Ellsworth Junior College and junior Dasharm Newsome are both stepping up to challenge for playing time, even as the Owls return all three safeties from the 2018 team.
The Rice quarterback situation will come down to Wiley Green or Tom Stewart barring any injuries. Expect Mike Bloomgren to utilize the new redshirt rule and get JoVoni Johnson some reps later in the season. Green is still the front runner to start the season leading the offense.