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College Football: Times set for 2013 schedule

Texas State released start times for its 2013 home schedule.

Rest assured, you’ll have plenty of time to tailgate before watching the Bobcats.

Sept. 7 — Prairie View A&M — 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 — Wyoming — 6 p.m.
Oct. 12 — Louisiana-Monroe — 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 — Georgia State — 6 p.m.
Oct. 26 — South Alabama — 6 p.m.
Nov. 23 — Western Kentucky — TBA

Note: Texas State has sold 3,646 season tickets thus far.

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College Football: No Bobcats go in NFL Draft

Despite several standout performances at Texas State’s Pro Day, no Bobcats heard their names called in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Texas State should have three players sign as free agents: former linebacker Joplo Bartu (1), former tight end Chase Harper and former defensive back Darryl Morris (2). Bartu led the Bobcats with 95 tackles in 2012, Harper caught 28 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, while Morris hauled in four interceptions.

Don’t be surprised if a few players from Texas State get drafted in 2015 and 2016. If sophomore offensive lineman Adrian Bellard, junior cornerback Craig Mager, junior linebacker Michael Orakpo and sophomore wide receiver Brandon Smith all put in the work, there’s a good chance NFL scouts would salivate over their potential.

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College Baseball: Bobcats like big crowds

Fans packed Bobcat Ballpark to watch Tuesday's game (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).

Fans packed Bobcat Ballpark to watch Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).

When it was announced that Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M was sold out, Ty Harrington’s team had to like its chances. Something about big crowds at home often pushes the Bobcats to victory.

“Our kids were really excited to come back (after batting practice) and see a nice crowd,” Harrington said after his team’s 4-1 win. “It probably added an extra step, some giddy-up and I was proud for them.”

With its win against the Aggies, Texas State improved to 4-1 in games played in front of the five best crowds in Bobcat Ballpark history.

Rank – Opponent – Attendance – Date – Result
1st – Texas A&M – 2,603 – March 30, 2010 – Won, 6-5
2nd – Texas – 2,593 – March 3, 2009 – Lost, 6-5
3rd – Texas A&M – 2,512 – April 23, 2013 – Won, 4-1
4th – Nebraska – 2,386 – Feb. 18, 2011 – Won, 7-2
5th – Notre Dame – 2,181 – March 3, 2012 – Won, 6-0

Texas State has nine of its 15 remaining games at home.

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College Football: Lifting records fall

Texas State senior defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey sets a school record in the power clean (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State senior defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey sets a school record in the power clean (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione wanted his team to get bigger, faster and stronger this offseason.

It seems as if the Bobcats met two of those requirements as they recently shattered four school records in the weight room, one of which was set at Friday’s “Night of Champions.”

Earlier last week, it seemed as if junior linebacker Michael Orakpo would own two school records after he put up 540 pounds in the flat bench and 500 pounds on the incline press. Well, that was until senior defensive end Jamie Clavell-Head stepped up and took back his flat-bench record with a 560-pound lift.

Last Thursday, senior defensive end Prestin Brown squatted 800 pounds for a school record. Then on Friday, senior defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey hoisted 386 pounds in the power clean.

Texas State had 40 players put up more than 400 pounds on the flat bench this offseason. That number grew from only 10 last season.

On Aug. 31, the Bobcats open the 2013 season at Southern Mississippi.

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College Football: Well, it’s in the game

Are you ready to see THIS in NCAA Football 14?

Are you ready to see Bobcat Stadium in NCAA Football 14?

Are you a fan of Texas State?

Do you like playing NCAA Football, as produced by EA Sports?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to both of those questions, you’re going to like our next sentence. EA Sports announced that Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium will be “accurately recreated” by its game designers.

Representatives from EA Sports toured Bobcat Stadium several times last season and captured game sounds from Texas State’s 38-7 win over Idaho.

Source: EA Sports blog

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College Football: Official post-spring depth chart

Interested in knowing the depth chart after spring camp?

Want to know which quarterback is listed first on the depth chart?

You don’t need to wait any longer, as here is the official post-spring two-deep.

TXST Post-Spring Two Deep

A few thoughts…

1. Surprised there’s not an ‘or’ between Arndt and Moore. For the last two seasons, head coach Dennis Franchione put one between Arndt and Rutherford until Rutherford won the job outright.

2. Youth is served with redshirt freshman Felix Romero owning the top rank at one guard spot, with fellow redshirt freshman Ryan Melton right behind him.

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College Baseball: Texas State snaps five-game losing streak

Texas State sent two pitchers to the mound Friday night who had something to prove.

Sophomore starter Taylor Black wanted to bounce back from an ugly start seven days earlier against Sacramento State. Junior reliever Hunter Lemke had to show he still had a solid grasp on his role as closer.

Black and Lemke were the only two pitchers to throw against Louisiana Tech — and for good reason. They combined to shut out the Bulldogs and senior catcher Andrew Stumph knocked in the lone run of a 1-0 win at Bobcat Ballpark.

Texas State snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 6-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.

“This feels good,” Bobcat head coach Ty Harrington said. “No doubt about it.”

Black, who battled through some control problems (five walks), set the early tone for Texas State. Whenever the Bobcats needed Black to locate a big pitch, he did. Black escaped a jam in the second when he struck out Austin Hedges with a man on third and then induced a grounder by Ryan Gebhardt in the seventh that third baseman Colby Targun snared and fired to first for the third out of the inning.

“There was a stretch from the fourth to the sixth where Black was really good,” Harrington said. “That’s why he stuck with him.”

Lemke relieved Black with two outs in the eighth and after a walk, ended the inning with a strikeout. Then Lemke allowed a lead-off single in the ninth, but recorded three quick outs to pick up his fifth save.

“He really showed how gritty he could be,” Harrington said of Lemke.

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College Football: Spring camp recap

Well, spring camp is over and football went back into hibernation.

Last Saturday marked the final scrimmage — and practice — of spring camp for Texas State. As always, the final scrimmage is the annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game.

Just in case you didn’t get enough to read about the spring game (won by Maroon 28-14) from my 800-word story on our website, here are a few more words with my thoughts on what transpired. I’ll also try to recap spring camp as well.

Let’s get to it.

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College Football: 2013 Spring Game Preview

Here is the site of the Maroon and Gold Spring Game.

Here is the site of the Maroon and Gold Spring Game.

Ready or not, competitive football is back — at least for a day.

Tonight marks the first time Texas State will face game-like pressure in 2013, as the team holds its annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium.

Rosters remained nearly the same since Wednesday’s player draft, with the exception of minor trade that made things a bit more balanced. Gold dealt soon-to-be junior running back Terrence Franks to Maroon for redshirt freshman defensive lineman Dallas McClarty. Prior to the deal, Gold had three of the best running backs and Maroon only had redshirt sophomore Chris Nutall, who was the second-overall pick in the draft. Here are the new rosters: Maroon and Gold Spring Game – Final Rosters.

What’s it going to take for Gold to win? How about Maroon? Are you curious about my prediction? Read on.

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College Basketball: Quotes from Kaspar’s press conference

Here are a few quotes from new Texas State head men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar from this afternoon’s introductory press conference. Kaspar will make $270,000 annually over his five-year contract with up to $100,000 from incentives.

On what helped sell him on this job: “Location is everything, as they say in real estate. Our location here in San Marcos will really help us in recruiting and even things like scheduling, where I had a lot of difficulty getting my schedule completed year in and year out. Some of that (scheduling) I think was our success and much of it was that we’re two-and-a-half hours from the nearest airport.

On scheduling at Stephen F. Austin: “It made it difficult for me to schedule games. Nobody wants to fly in from somewhere, get on a bus and bus two-and-a-half hours before you even start to practice. I’ve heard that from several coaches. They’d say, ‘Coach, I just need to find someone easier to play that’s not so hard to get to.’ That line was used against us many, many times.”

On how he can teach the Bobcats to play with discipline: “You tell them, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it guys and if you want to play, do it.’ You treat players differently with how you visit with them or talk with them, but you have standards you don’t bend.”

On his feelings once this job opened up: “I let my agent know that this is a job that interests me and if he could find out if there is any interest real quick; if not, let’s move on and I’ll stay at Stephen F. Austin.”

On how he can turn this around at Texas State: “I got to do a good job selling. I’ve got to have some people who are receptive to change in which they may have to sacrifice a couple of points per game. They’re going to get more attention as a result of winning. No one cares if you’re scoring 17 points per game, but your team only wins eight or nine games. That just doesn’t interest people.”

On improvements to Strahan Coliseum: “I don’t think Strahan is in terrible shape. As I told Dr. Trauth, ‘Your facilities are respectable. Are they Sweet 16 facilities? The answer is: ‘No.’ Are they Sun Belt Conference championship facilities? Probably, the answer is: ‘Not quite.’ If we’re all serious about winning the Sun Belt, some improvements probably need to be made.”

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