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College Football: Three storylines for Maroon and Gold Game

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.

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College Football: C.J. Best learning new position on the fly

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.”

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College Football: Putting a bow on Texas State’s Pro Day

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Former Texas State defensive end Jamie Clavell-Head participates in the three-cone drill during Wednesday’s Pro Day as scouts from the Jaguars and Redskins watch closely (Photo by Joe Vozzelli).

Every Pro Day, there’s that one surprise player who seemingly comes out of nowhere.

In Texas State’s Pro Day Wednesday afternoon inside Bobcat Stadium, that player was Jamie Clavell-Head. The 6-foot-3 inch defensive end joined 13 other former Bobcats, who worked out for NFL scouts. Clavell-Head impressed the scouts so much that they wanted to see more. In those position-based drills, the defensive end showed off his side-to-side movement and quickness around the edge of the line.

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College Football: Bobcat defense steps up during Monday’s practice

As practice wound down, Germod Williams capped a day ruled by the defense.

Williams intercepted a pass across the middle of the field and waited as a few of his teammates jumped on his back to celebrate another big defensive play during Monday’s spring practice inside Bobcat Stadium.

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College Football: Wrapping up Week One of spring practice

Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione made one thing clear to his team during Saturday’s practice: It’s not enough to break off one big play.

C.J. Best learned that quickly. After the junior slot receiver scampered for a 40-yard run into the end zone on an option pitch from quarterback Tyler Jones during a 15-minute scrimmage, Best had a momentary lapse in concentration a few plays later.

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College Football: Texas State adjusting to new schemes as full-pad workouts start

Texas State knew today was the first day it would wear full pads this season.

In the third day of spring camp, the Bobcats began tackling drills and looked to polish the rust from an offseason filled with workouts in the form of lifting and running.

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College Football: Observations from Day 1 of spring practice

When Texas State took to the field at Bobcat Stadium Tuesday for the first day of spring practice, it was the first opportunity to catch a glimpse into what head coach Dennis Franchione has planned for 2014.

Here are five observations from Day 1:

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College Football: Bobcats open spring practice today

All the talk of an up-tempo, spread offense coming to Texas State appears to more than a rumor.

Head coach Dennis Franchione spoke Monday about changes he wants to make to an offense that sputtered down the stretch as the Bobcats finished with a 6-6 record in its first season in the Sun Belt Conference. In order to compete with the top teams in the SBC, Franchione felt like an up-tempo scheme was his best option.

“I’ve always wanted to run that since I got here,” Franchione said during Monday’s press conference. “We ran 64 plays per game last year. We’d like to jump up to 75-78 (plays).”

During the offseason, Franchione looked at offenses from 12 different colleges and was impressed by a few things, namely how lethal Gus Malzahn’s wing-T offense was at Auburn last season and the 113 plays BYU ran in 47-46 win over Houston last October.

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College Football: Three Bold Predictions (Idaho Edition)

Texas State sophomore running back Chris Nutall charges up the sideline against South Alabama.

Texas State sophomore running back Chris Nutall charges up the sideline against South Alabama.

Bowl.

It’s only four letters, but it means so much.

Should Texas State beat Idaho tomorrow night, Dennis Franchione’s team would have six wins and be bowl eligible for the first time in program history. Not bad for a team that joined the Football Bowl Subdivision last year.

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College Football: South Alabama Versus Texas State Live Blog

Here is where you can find quarter-by-quarter updates of Texas State’s game against South Alabama.

Be sure to follow Tyler Mayforth (@smdrtyler) and Joseph Garcia (@smdrjoseph) during the game for even more news from Bobcat Stadium.

First Quarter: Texas State 7, South Alabama 0

Play of the Quarter: Texas State freshman quarterback Tyler Jones found tight end Ryan Carden open in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown on the Bobcats’ opening drive of the game.

Player of the Quarter: Tyler Jones converted many key third downs with his legs, and tossed the game’s only touchdown thus far.

Rushing Comparison: Texas State 16-72, South Alabama 5-15

Texas State played well in all facets of the game in the opening quarter. The offense scored on its first drive and the defense kept South Alabama on its own side of the field.

Second Quarter: Texas State 14, South Alabama 3

Play of the Quarter: On third-and-8 from the USA 16, Jones hit Brandon Smith for the wide receiver’s first touchdown of the season to put the Bobcats up 14-0.

Player of the Quarter: The entire Bobcat defensive unit forced key stops on fourth and third downs throughout the quarter, holding the Jaguars to just 3 first-half points.

Quarterback Comparison: Texas State-Tyler Jones 7 of 9 for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns, South Alabama-Ross Metheny 12 of 20 for 114 yards.

The Bobcats out-gained the Jaguars 177 to 140 through two quarters of play. Texas State is 1 of 1 on fourth down, while USA is 0 of 1.

Third Quarter: Texas State 17, South Alabama 10

Play of the Quarter: Chris Nutall caught a screen pass that went for 12 yards, which help set up Texas State’s 35-yard field goal. The score was a response to a USA touchdown.

Player of the Quarter: Kicker Jason Dann nailed a 35-yard field goal that split the uprights on an important drive for the Bobcat offense that took 15 plays and lasted 7:45.

Time of Possession: Texas State 29:31, South Alabama 15:29

The Jaguars closed in on the Bobcats. This game will be decided in the fourth quarter with the team who has the ball last likely winning.

Fourth Quarter: Texas State 33, South Alabama 31

Play of the Quarter: This one is easy. The 41-yard game-winning field goal by Jason Dann, his fourth of the contest. It gave the Bobcats a 33-31 lead with four seconds left.

Player of the Quarter: Jason Dann had ice water in his veins as he nailed the game winner that sent the home crowd in a frenzy. He was successful on all four attempts from 35, 37, 43 and 41 yards out.

Third-down Conversions: Texas State 8 of 17, South Alabama 4 of 13.

Texas State got a huge 33-31 win in come-from-behind fashion with a 41-yard game-winning field goal from Dann. The Bobcats also tied their maximum offensive production for the season with 453 total yards.

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