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Here is the CFN 2018 Preview for the Bobcats. It doesn't really say anything we don't know already, but at least they think we have a chance to break out....


No. 119: Texas State Bobcats
Spring Practice Starts: March 20
Spring Game: April 14

Texas State Prespring Status
It’s been a rough run so far under head coach Everett Withers, going 4-20 in his first two seasons with the win over Ohio in his first game at the helm in 2016 the only reasonably decent victory. The other three came against FCS teams and Coastal Carolina.

There were a few good battles among all of the losses last year, but the offense only scored 207 points, the defense got worse as the season went on, and now this becomes a bit of a pressure-packed Year Three.

There’s hope with the experience returning on offense, a decent core to work around on defense, and the expectations overall way low. However, there’s a shot Texas State becomes one of the biggest surprises of 2018.

Texas State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Running back. It’s not a lock that Willie Jones takes over the starting quarterback job without at least a little bit of a fight, but he’s the presumptive nominee. The ground game that saw 19 Bobcats registering a carry – and with the offense not going anywhere – needs to be better after finishing 101st in the nation.

The top three running backs – all underclassmen last year – return, starting with leading rusher Anthony Taylor. He only finished with 436 yards and two scores.

Texas State Biggest Issue
The offensive line has to be a LOT better. The mobile quarterbacks took a few too many sacks and plays behind the line, but the porous O line had a lot to do with the problems. The Bobcats allowed the second-most tackles for loss in the nation – giving up over nine per game – and struggled in pass protection. Fortunately, all five starters are back from a very, very young group that went through the growing pains. Now the payoff has to come.

Texas State Biggest Positive
Defensive experience. There might have been a whole lot of defensive issues, and the secondary has to be far better, but at least the veterans are there to hope for a big improvement.

LB Gabe Loyd is done, but leading tackler Bryan London is back after a monster season at one of the other inside linebacker spots. Six of the top seven tacklers, and eight of the top nine defenders are back.

Really, Why Are The Texas State Bobcats Ranked Here?
It’s hard to assume a huge jump after two abysmal years, but Withers is a brilliant recruiter and an accomplished coach who had to tear this whole thing down before trying to turn the program into a true player.

With some of the best recruiting classes in the Sun Belt over the last few years, and with a commitment to youth so far, there should be a decent jump – but it starts with a strong spring.

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Here's how I look at us right now. If you were a media guy about to do the first game and had to talk about us coming into this season, what players would you highlight or could highlight on offense and defense?

Right now, Brewer on O and hopeful prospects on QB. On D, London and maybe Patton/Vinson. Not much else. We need guys to step up. We don't need stars everywhere but we need guys that are leaders to step up on the field.

I think a few things would have to happen to have a breakout year and to me a breakout year is more than 4 wins, like 5:

-Trenches continually improve (OL and DL)
For that to happen, we'd be able to have Brewer stay in 1 freaking position and not have to back up 3 positions (C, OG, OT). Based on now, that would mean Foster returns healthy to start at LT and Jordan is solid at C. If not, I wouldn't be surprised Withers/Kuhr/Mateos keep Brewer at most important position at LT to allow protection of QB and go with other options at RG/LG. Not the best option.

On DL, Patton needs to make it easy to forget Mittie's work rate (assuming he moves to DT). This would help tremendously to not lose Mittie's work rate and I think Patton could be even more effective than Mittie at DT. Plus, having 2 DL close to 300lbs to manage having a smaller DE position after Davis (270 and then rest currently listed 225-240 at most).

-Need play makers to step up.
Need 1-2 WRs to stand out and take pressure off QB/offense to produce. Hays seemed to be working his way up until his leg injury ended his season and Watts began to come on late. Need someone else to become a threat be it Bedford, Haydel, Twyford, or an incoming freshmen. Same at RB. Can someone take the position and make it their own be it Brown, Taylor, or Nelson. We don't have to find a 25+ rushing back but we need to be able to rely that no matter who is on field they can 1) pass protect, 2) make plays, and 3) help plays (sell play action and/or catch ball out of backfield). TE falls in this area and is my most concerned spot with Rogers rehabbing ACL and Rushing only other TE with any experience.

Same on D. Can the LBs begin to make more plays if DL front can keep 4-5 OL busy? Its time to see if Vinson can be a star with as much praise he's received from Withers. Can London lead and Daniels be consistent. DBs... can they create turnovers?

Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:28 pm
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