Gobblers' Hoffmann figuring out his next step in football

July 27, 2011 at 2:27 a.m.

ARLINGTON - Tanner Hoffmann had to change his plans after Texas State changed coaches.

Hoffmann was prepared to play football for the Bobcats after completing his senior season at Cuero.

When Brad Wright was fired as Texas State's head coach after last season and replaced by Dennis Franchione, he had to adjust.

"Before that happened I was pretty sure that was where I was going to go," Hoffmann said. "They seemed pretty serious about it and soon as that happened, I never heard another word from them."

Hoffmann still plans to attend school in San Marcos and he is considering attempting to make the squad as a walk-on.

Hoffmann had a chance to showcase his talents in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game on Tuesday night at Cowboys Stadium.

Hoffmann played linebacker for the South squad, which came up on the short end of a 38-14 decision.

His teammates included East Bernard defensive end Miles Lee, who has signed with Rice, and Rice Consolidated defensive back Myles Dumont.

Hoffmann had an unofficial five tackles and Lee had a sack.

Hoffmann was a four-year letterman at Cuero where he played linebacker, tight end and kicked for the Gobblers, who advanced to the state semifinals his first three seasons and the area playoffs his final year.

He earned first-team all-state honors at both positions as a senior after making 200 tackles, having 424 receiving yards and scoring 91 points.

"There's always a little unsatisfaction because you never made it to state," Hoffmann said. "We were in the semifinals three years in a row and then my senior year we didn't even get that far. It was fun. I wouldn't ask for anything different."

Hoffmann had offers to play football at Abilene Christian, Trinity and Mary Hardin-Baylor.

"Most of the schools were Division III and they don't offer scholarships," Hoffmann said. "I would end up having to pay just as much as I would to go to Texas State just to play there."

Hoffmann also played baseball at Cuero and threw a no-hitter against Yoakum this season.

He may have improved his chances for a scholarship by concentrating on football, but has no regrets.

"I don't think I could have done that," Hoffmann said. "I'm sure I could have made myself better if I just focused on football because I would have worked out a whole lot more."

Hoffmann will decide whether to tryout at Texas State after he arrives in San Marcos.

He'd like to continue playing, but would have no regrets if his final game was at Cowboys Stadium.

"It would have been a lot better if I could do it with my team and all my friends who I've been around my whole life," Hoffmann said. "I guess this is the next best thing."

NOTES: Calhoun coach Richard Whitaker was a member of the selection committee for the South squad.

Arlington Heights' Marquis Jackson was the offensive MVP and Aledo's Rylan Riney was the defensive MVP.



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