By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 19, 2016) — Chase Varnado and Bubba Tandy will join head coach Todd Whitten in representing Tarleton State at Lone Star Conference Football Preseason Media Day in Odessa on July 28.
Varnado, a junior defensive end, is a hometown product who was once a MaxPreps Small School All-American while helping Stephenville to the 2012 3A Division I state championship. Tandy, a senior wide receiver, has suffered injuries throughout much of his collegiate career but possesses big play ability as evidenced by his Kentucky 6A Player of the Year honor when he was a star at Christian County High School in Hopkinsville.
Varnado led Tarleton in sacks with 5.5 last season, when he was second in total tackles with 69. He also registered seven quarterback hurries, two deflected passes and a forced fumble. Against West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Football Festival contest at AT&T Stadium, Varnado scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. His state championship with SHS came at the same venue three years prior.
Tandy suffered fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in that same game against WTAMU, and despite playing through injury even when he was on the field, tallied 32 receptions for 365 yards and two touchdowns.
Media day is on the campus of University of Texas Permian Basin, one of three new schools in the conference. UTPB and Western New Mexico are now full-fledge members of the LSC, while Oklahoma Panhandle State has joined only for football. This will be the inaugural season of football at UTPB, whose head coach is former Tarleton offensive coordinator Justin Carrigan.