Tarleton’s decade of winning began with Whitten
With winning seasons every year during the 21st century, Tarleton State has been a team to be reckoned with not only in the Lone Star Conference but in Division II. It wasn’t always that way.
The Texans move to Division II in the 1990s was hardly without bumps in the road. That was until Todd Whitten came back to Stephenville. After compiling a 21-42-1 record in the last six seasons of the 20th century, including 5-5 during 1996 with Whitten as the head coach, Tarleton turned to Whitten again. The Texans were rewarded with a 40-18 slate during 2000-2004 that included LSC North Division titles in 2002 and 2003, and top-20 final rankings from 2001-2003.
Whitten is now the head coach at Sam Houston State. where the former record-setting Southland Conference quarterback has brought his offensive wizardry to guide a high-octane Bearkats attack. In 2006-20007, SHSU had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history. During that time, Rhett Bomar was the university’s all-time passing and total offense leader.
Injuries force Texas A&M-Kingsville defense to dig deep into the roster
The roots of the phrase remain fuzzy. But the controversial political connotations fueled by Hillary Clinton’s book aside, there is a parallel from the axiom to football.
It takes more than 22 to field a football team. Never has that been more evident than with Texas A&M-Kingsville in the last few weeks, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Hampered by injuries that have either shelved some starters or limited their playing time, the Javelinas had to reach into the reserve pile for assistance. So far the backups have come through.
Tarleton, ASU both in must-win mode
Tarleton State picked up arguably its biggest win since the 2001 playoffs by knocking off Abilene Christian last week.But that victory won’t mean nearly as much if the Texans don’t win both their remaining two games against Angelo State and West Texas A&M.