Hard to believe that by this time next week, Texas State will be five hours away from opening kickoff against Southern Mississippi. Doesn’t it feel like the Bobcats just opened fall camp?
With seven days to go, time is of the essence for Texas State to complete its depth chart. Since we already talked about the offense, why not chat a little bit about the defense?
1. Jordan Norfleet
2. Prestin Brown
Analysis: ‘Fleet’ must show something as a senior.
1. Blake McColloch
2. Kamu Taulelei
Analysis: This is the strong tandem on the defensive line.
1. D.J. Yendrey
2. Justin Booth
Analysis: Many can’t wait to see what Yendrey can do on the field. Booth said he’s learning daily from the TCU transfer.
1. Marcus Dallas, Jr. or Jamie Clavell-Head
2. Michael Odiari
Analysis: Dallas and Head have recently been splitting first-team reps.
1. Mike Orakpo
2. Damion McMiller
Analysis: Look out for both of these guys on the field at the same time.
1. David Mayo
2. Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon
Analysis: Mayo had substantial numbers before his injury last year.
1. Colby Targun
2. Germod Williams
Analysis: This position has been a pleasant surprise after the tumultuous offseason. Tagun played his way in the starting spot and Williams is a ball hawk.
1. Aaron Matthews
2. Damani Alexcee
Analysis: Matthews looks hungry after sitting out last season.
1. Justin Iwuji
2. Brandon Jones
Analysis: Iwuji is a silent leader in the secondary.
1. Xavier Daniels
2. David Farris
Analysis: From the start of spring to right now, no player has come as far as Daniels. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore is close, but Moore didn’t switch positions.
1. Craig Mager
2. David Mims II
Analysis: Mager is arguably the best defensive player on the field.
1. Andy Erickson
2. Craig Mager
Analysis: Erickson’s dropped a few balls in practice, so don’t be surprised to see Mager back there.
1. Jafus Gaines or Andy Erickson
2. Isaiah Battle or C.J. Best
Analysis: There is a lot of fluidity at this position, since Texas State has a lot of options.
Editor’s Note: Just like on the offensive line, there could be a lot of movement in the secondary to allow the best three safeties on the field at once.