Danny Kaspar and his coaching staff logged a lot of miles this offseason trying to find the right players to fill out what will be an important recruiting class.
Well, that work paid off as three players signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday — D.J. Brown, Ethan Montalvo and Cameron Naylor. All three are transfers and are eligible to play for Texas State next season.
After 12 practices and two scrimmages, Texas State is ready for its Maroon and Gold Game today inside Bobcat Stadium.
The Bobcats will have their first real chance to test their new offensive and defensive schemes in what will be closest thing to the season opener they will play Aug. 30 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The spring game will kick at 1 p.m. and will feature four 10-minute quarters.
The Bobcats stepped away from practice for one day to have a little fun.
Texas State had team captains select players for Saturday’s Maroon and Gold Game during a fantasy draft Wednesday afternoon. The Gold team was led by captains Craig Mager, Bradley Miller, Kris Petersen and Adrian Bellard, while the Maroon team was led by captains David Mayo, Ben Ijah, Tomas Luna and Matt Freeman.
Texas State’s second scrimmage of spring camp didn’t look anything like the first one.
After the offense dominated the first scrimmage, the Bobcat defense seemed motivated to show that was a fluke. Quarterback Tyler Jones and company struggled to get things going for most of Saturday’s intrasquad game. The defense had three interceptions and two fourth-down stops.
It wasn’t an easy day for Texas State during Thursday’s practice inside Bobcat Stadium.
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione made sure of that with the hardest practice of spring camp. Franchione shared the role of equal opportunity critic and motivator during Thursday’s practice. As Franchione walked around groups of players, he asked a rhetorical question: “How tough are you?”
Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione isn’t one to deliver ultimatums to his team, especially with the regular season five months off.
So, when he does, it’s heard loud and clear.
After the defense had a lackluster practice Monday, Franchione left little doubt about his feelings.
If Saturday’s scrimmage was any indication, Texas State should be set at tailback in 2014.
The Bobcats have worked throughout spring camp on refining their passing game and adjusting to an up-tempo offense. So, Saturday’s scrimmage finally offered a chance for Texas State’s crowded backfield of Robert Lowe, Terrence Franks, Chris Nutall, and Louis Rubin to shine.
Junior tailback Robert Lowe (No. 28) led an offense that shined during the first scrimmage of spring camp Saturday inside Bobcat Stadium. Lowe had 76 yards and two touchdowns (File Photo).
After Saturday’s first scrimmage was over, Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione wasn’t willing to say how good his offense looked.
Franchione wanted to see the tape from Saturday’s intrasquad game first.
Ever since spring camp opened a few weeks back, Texas State has been honing new schemes on offense and defense.
Now, it’s time to see how those systems will work in more of a game setting.
C.J. Best wasn’t sure what to expect when Texas State asked him to move from running back to slot receiver.
“I’m going to be a running back for life,” Best said. “That’s my heart and soul. They put me a wide receiver because I’m good in space.”