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College Football: Smith receives another honor from Phil Steele

Shortly after Phil Steele released his preseason All-Sun Belt Conference teams, he recently unveiled his All-America picks.

Texas State’s Brandon Smith again found his name on the list.

The now-junior wide receiver followed up his First-Team All-SBC selection by being chosen as a preseason Fourth-Team All-American. Smith was one of two SBC players to receive such a distinction from Steele as he joined Idaho’s Austin Rehkow.

Smith burst onto the scene in the Bobcats’ tilt versus UL Lafayette last season. The Prattville, Alabama native returned two kickoffs against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Smith scampered free for a 92-yard touchdown in the third quarter — and one-upped himself with a 100-yard return in the fourth quarter. With that, the junior became the 13th player in NCAA history to have two kick return scores in a single game.

Smith was a consistent threat in the return game during the 2013 season as he averaged 29.9 yards on 20 returns. That mark ranked fifth in the nation and second among SBC returners.

A punter last season for the Vandals, Rehkow led the nation with 47.8 yards per punt. In the Bobcats’ 37-21 victory over Idaho last season inside the Kibbie Dome, Rehkow tallied punts of 55, 62 and 65 yards. Rehkow was tabbed as a preseason Fourth-Team All-American by Steele.

Aside from Rehkow, Texas State will face Illinois’ V’Angelo Bentley this season. Bentley was chosen as a preseason Third-Team All-American kick returner by Steele. The junior defensive back had a 100-yard return versus Southern Illinois.

The Bobcats and Fighting Illini will meet for the first time Sept. 20 at Memorial Stadium in Champagne, Illinois. Texas State faces the Vandals Oct. 4 inside Bobcat Stadium.

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College Baseball: Bobcats hear their names called in 2014 MLB Draft

Friday was a big day for Austen Williams.

During the sixth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Washington Nationals picked Williams. This was the sixth consecutive draft that Texas State had a player go in the first 10 rounds.

“It was kind of surprising,” Williams said of being selected by Washington. “I didn’t hear from the Nationals before they drafted me. I hadn’t been in a lot of contact with them before the draft like I had been some other teams (Yankees).”

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College Football: Teams picked for Texas State’s Maroon and Gold Spring Game

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.

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College Football: Five things we learned during Saturday’s scrimmage

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.

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College Football: Defense brings the ‘thud’ back to Tuesday’s practice

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.

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College Football: Lowe leads loaded backfield in 2014

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.

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College Football: Five observations from Saturday’s scrimmage

Robert Lowe led an offense that shined during the first scrimmage of spring camp. Lowe had 76 yards and two touchdowns.

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.

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College Football: Texas State closing in on first scrimmage

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.

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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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