Texas State left fans scratching their heads Saturday afternoon after the 76-57 win against Northwestern State. Those in attendance all seemed to ask the same question: “Where was this team all season?”
Monthly Archives: February 2010
- It was the first day of full pads during spring practice. Texas State wanted to go in full pads Thursday, but lost a day due to inclement weather and were forced to shuffle plans.
- If there are any questions about the strength of Bobcats defensive back Drenard Williams’ shoulder, he’s slowly laying them to rest. Williams had two vicious hits Friday afternoon — the first on Darius Bolden and the second on Cody Matthews.
- Speaking of Matthews, I’d look for him to be a red-zone target for the Bobcats. He’s bulked up and can definitely go up and get the ball.
- Redshirt freshman Roger Martinez, of Kyle, doesn’t look like the same guy. Martinez put on about 20 pounds of muscle and is tossing around offensive lineman like rag dolls (see the video).
- Both Eric Soza and Tim Hawkins are getting reps with the first team.
- Soza is still throwing the best ball and has an unreal spiral, but Hawkins has straightened out his passes.
- Hawkins had trouble with a few quarterback-center exchanges (also known as snaps) but as practice wore on, got better. He also needs to quit his happy feet in the pocket. There are times on both the 1st-and-10 and 3rd-and-long drills where coaches had to tell him to settle down and read the field before taking off running.
- Quarterbacks aren’t wearing the green, no-hit jerseys any longer. They’re fair game like the rest of the team.
- Want to know why? Check out my interview with new co-offensive coordinator Slade Nagle when I post it either tonight or tomorrow.
My old journalism professors used to tell us to “show, not tell” the story. So, to heed to their advice, allow me to SHOW you Texas State head coach Doug Davalos’ words before I offer any of my own.
Texas State head coach Doug Davalos on the difference between the last two games (a 14-point win against Lamar and a 3-point loss to Nicholls): “Our defense has been good enough to win those basketball games, but our offense in one was okay and the other was poor — and it began with turnovers.”
Davalos on his team’s poor shooting percentage (an SLC-worst 39 percent): “If we’re turning the ball over, it’s giong to affect our shot selection because we get a lot of our shots in transition. If we’re making transition turnovers, we’re not going to get as good of shots.”
Davalos on his team missing wide-open jumpers: “When we get open looks, we need to knock them down. Now, as a coach, I’m never going to put that on my players. What I try to do game to game is try to find better ways to make the offense run better, to get guys better shots, trying to get guys who are struggling a quick look inside or any number of things. That’s what you do as a coach. You don’t say, ‘You guys have to hit shots,’ and then walk out of the film session. You try to fix it with specifics and hope they come back the next game ready to knock them down.”
Davalos on never beating Stephen F. Austin head coach Danny Kaspar: “I’m not worried about that. The thing about basketball is that every year you have different players. I’m not playing Kasper one-on-one and we’re not trying to fool each other. We’re trying to get our teams prepared to play.”
Texas State forward J.B. Conley on his emergence during conference play: “I don’t know what it’s been, but I’m upset it’s taken 25 games or so to finally happen.”
Conley on the importance of the next four games: “These games are really important because we’re not in the conference tournament yet. We have to win, we’re thinking, two or three out of four to be in. They’re really important for seeding.”
SFA head coach Danny Kaspar on his team’s season thus far: “We haven’t accomplished what we set out to do this year yet. A win tonight would go a long way to accomplishing those goals, but we’re not looking past Texas State.”
Kaspar on why he worries about the Bobcats: “They’re a team that can turn it on at any moment. They have some explosive players starting with Cameron Johnson and Ryan White. You need to make sure you know where both are at every moment in the game. White is difficult for us to game plan because he’s so quick. We need to keep him in front of us.”
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Only four games remain in the Southland Conference regular season as teams are jockeying for position going into the postseason tournament.
- Eric Soza was throwing the best ball out of the quarterbacks. Tim Hawkins and Bryan Hill tossed a bunch of wobblers.
- Jarrad Stewart (the transfer from Utah) wore No. 8. It was Travis Houston’s number last year, so maybe they are passing it around to the year’s best defensive player.
- Karrington Bush was jogging around without much of a limp. Bush had surgery in November to repair his knee.
- Drenard Williams fully extended for several passes, which was good to see. Williams, a senior defensive back, had shoulder surgery last summer but looks to be back to full strength.
- There are a ton of new faces on the defensive line. Many need to put on some more weight.
THIBODAUX, La. — One step forward, two steps back.
Right when Texas State is ready to climb into the next echelon of teams of the Southland Conference, the Bobcats tumble backward.
Texas State struggled from the field and turned the ball over too many times in its 66-63 loss to Nicholls State Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats fell to 12-14 overall and 6-6 in the SLC.
“We didn’t have enough guys step up and play,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “You can’t win games when you shoot 35 percent and have 21 turnovers.”
The Bobcats didn’t come out ready to play inside Stopher Gymnasium.
Texas State missed its first three shots and turned the ball over three times in the first four minutes. The Colonels took advantage of the mistakes and raced out to an 8-0 lead.
When the Bobcats finally got it in gear, turnovers derailed any semblance of momentum. Texas State tied it up at 11-all with 9:55 remaining, but allowed Nicholls to go on a 10-4 run over the next four minutes.
The Bobcats held the Colonels to a single basket in the final five minutes of the half and took a two-point lead into intermission.
Texas State continued to find more iron than nylon in the second half and tried to make up for it by fouling. The Bobcats put Nicholls in the bonus midway through the stanza.
The Colonels opened up an 11-point advantage soon after, but Texas State wouldn’t fade away. The Bobcats battled back and even took a 63-60 lead with 26 seconds remaining.
Texas State got lost on defense and allowed Nicholls to hit a game-tying 3-pointer and then after a Ryan White offensive foul with less than five seconds left, the Colonels buried the game winner.
“Terrible, terrible loss,” Davalos said. “It should have never happened.”
• Tyler Mayforth