UTSA Adds QB from TXST & Lamar's Tubbs Steps Down
by, 06-15-2010 at 08:48 AM (4881 Views)
For the second time in several months, UTSA has taken a key member of the Texas State football team.
A few months after [url=http://www.collegesportingnews.com/entry.php?15-Let-the-Battle-Begin-UTSA-vs-Texas-State]hiring offensive coordinator Travis Bush[/url] away from Brad Wright's staff, it being reported by [URL=http://www.utsatailgaters.com/Football.html]UTSATailgaters.com[/url] that quarterback Eric Soza will also join the Roadrunners.
Soza was in line to be the starting quarterback for the Bobcats entering August, emerging as the front-runner for the position during the spring as TXST sought a replacement for Bradley George, who finished his eligibility last season. After struggling some at the onset of the spring, Soza finished strong by leading the offense on five scoring drives in the Maroon and Gold Game.
This fall, Soza is expected to compete with Cole Hubble and Kam Jones for a spot on the first-team offense. Hubble and Jones were signed this past February by UTSA head coach Larry Coker.
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Back in San Marcos, the quarterback picture is still not clear.
The university announced that Tim Hawkins is now the No. 1 quarterback with Alvaro Garcia entering camp as the No. 2 heading into the fall. Highly-touted freshman Tyler Arndt will join the squad this fall and reports have surfaced that Texas-El Paso quarterback Andy McCloud could join the Bobcats as well.
If McCloud does earn the starting nod, TXST would become another school in the league with a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfer at quarterback. Nathan Dick (Arkansas) is leading Central Arkansas, Tyler Beatty (Baylor) heads Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese just added Tulsa [url=http://www.mcneesesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=22000&ATCLID=204958549]transfer Jacob Bower[/url], Auburn's Tyrik Rollison is expected to join Sam Houston State and Northwestern State could see Tyler Wolfe (Louisville) run the show instead of Paul Harris.
Only Nicholls State, who signed several signal-callers this past spring and moved their incumbent quarterback to wide receiver and Stephen F. Austin with preseason All-American Jeremy Moses, have the potential to avoid starting an FBS transfer.
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Lamar legend Billy Tubbs [url=http://www.lamarcardinals.com/genrel/061410aaa.html]stepped down as athletic director[/url] at the Beaumont school on Monday. He was replaced by women's basketball coach Larry Tidwell, who becomes the second active Division I women's basketball coach to currently serve as an athletic director.
Tubbs most notably led Lamar to great success in the late 1970s in the sport of men's basketball before returning to the program in 2002. Though he did not have the same success for a hoops program that has fallen on hard times, Tubbs was a catalyst for bringing football back.
In addition to stints at Lamar from 1976-1980 and again from 2003-2006, Tubbs served as a head basketball coach at Oklahoma (1980-1994) and Texas Christian (1994-2002).