Projected starter ruled ineligible

With veteran Cory Miles out of the quarterback picture, four players are battling for the starting spot and all are freshman.

Redshirt freshmen David Garza (Laredo United) and Freddie Brown (Houston Eisenhower) have been with the program for a year. Another redshirt freshman, Daniel Ramirez (Sinton) was at Angelo State last year and true freshman Kolten Thigpen (Hondo) actually played running back and defensive back last season after two years as a starting signal caller at Cornerstone Christian High School in San Antonio.

Dad is top dog

New wide receiver Vernon Hughes Jr., was a late addition to the Javelina roster this summer. He comes to A&M-Kingsville by way of Holmes Junior College and was a first team All-District player in high school at Jim Hill High School in Jackson, Miss. His father, Vernon Hughes, Sr., was recently appointed the new fire chief in Jackson.

New players

A look at the depth chart shows that a couple of players are expected to make an immediate impact as starters including offensive tackle George Nobles (Hays Consolidated) and defensive end Tyrell Herndon (Copperas Cove). Nobles played on Blinn Junior College's national championship team a year ago while Herndon was at Kilgore Junior College. Nobles was a starter and an honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference pick as Blinn went a perfect 12-0 last year. Nobles has the unenviable task of replacing All-America tackle John Cook who was a senior last year.

New softball coach quite a player

Texas A&M-Kingsville ended a month-long search for a new softball coach when they hired Blake Miller.

Miller has a successful two-year run as head coach at Darton College in Albany, Georgia. He led the team to the NJCAA World Series in 2006 and last year his team had the top team grade point average in the nation.

Miller is also one of the top men's fast pitch softball players in the country. He is currently the starting shortstop for United States National Team.

He most recently played on the USA squad that finished second at the International Softball Federation World Cup and won the inaugural KFC American Challenge Series in Oklahoma City. As the team's starting shortstop, Miller batted .300 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI in the World Cup.

New boss on board

New Texas A&M-Kingsville athletics director Scott Gines has arrived in Kingsville.

The former Fairmont State Athletics Director had his first day on the job Monday.

Gines had to finish work at Fairmont State and run a pair of long-running baseball camps he directs in the state of Virginia.

Gines began his career as a baseball coach, serving as an assistant at Virginia and as head coach at Radford and his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute.