Two former Tarleton State quarterbacks and an ex-Stephenville High School signal caller went head-to-head in NFL preseason action Thursday night when the Tennessee Titans hosted the Arizona Cardinals.
Tennessee won 32-27 in a game that included Kevin Kolb, the Cardinals QB from Stephenville, Richard Bartel, Cardinals QB and ex-Texan from Grapevine, and Nick Stephens, Titans QB and ex-Texan from Flower Mound.
The big news nationally was Kolb not starting the preseason game. Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt has yet to announce whether Kolb or John Skelton will start the season opener.
Skelton was sacked on the first play and threw an interception on his first pass before Kolb came in and was 17-22 for 156 yards and a touchdown but also tossed two picks. Skelton finished 4-10 for 41 yards.
Bartel, who was with the Cardinals as their emergency QB last season, is an underdog to make the final roster. He did not play Thursday and is just 8-13 on the preseason. A fourth Arizona QB, Ryan Lindley, was 13-24 for 112 yards Thursday.
Stephens also did not get a chance to fire a pass Thursday night. He is fighting for the third quarterback spot behind Jake Locker, who was 11-20 for 134 yards and two scores, and veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who was 1-4.
Former Tarleton kicker Garrett Lindholm is trying to make the roster with the Denver Broncos. They visit the Dallas Cowboys at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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