College Football Preview: The 2014 Texas State Bobcats
Texas State needs to upgrade their passing attack to boost the scoring.
2014 College Football Preview
Texas State looks for a break out type season to climb in to the upper half of the Sun Belt in 2014.
Overview: Texas State showed some improvement defensively in 2013 but struggled to find the endzone. The Bobcats need to find a passing attack and replace some parts on the defensive side of the ball if the improvement is to continue.
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Offense: Tyler Jones showed both the ability to run and throw in 2013 before getting banged but the bottom line was his 62.5% completion rate had much to do with the throws not going much further then five yards downfield. Jones threw for 1,130 yards and ran for 341 more and he will have two dependable backs in the rushing game to lean on in Robert Lowe (164-945) and Chris Nutall (83-477). The receiving corps loses the top two targets but everyone else returns which doesn't mean a whole lot unless the ball is caught downfield. The O-Line gets three starters back with some depth.
Defense: Opponents put the ball in the air quite a bit a season ago and could do it without worry as the Bobcats pass rush was minimal at best. That's a concern because only Michael Odiari returns up front with five of the top six departing overall although the team signed a ton of linemen that will have every opportunity to play immediately. David Mayo and Michael Orakpo are as good as any linebacker in the Sun Belt with their ability to do a bit of everything. Two of the top safeties are gone including leading tackler Aaron Matthews (77 T) so that too is a position of concern.
Special Teams: Will Johnson is an above average punter with a 44 yard averaga on 41 punts while Jason Dann nailed 9-10 field goal attempts. Brandon Smith was an outstanding KR with a 29 yard average with two scores. PR Andy Erickson will be missed with his 14 yard average on 20 punts.
Outlook: The running game will be fine but the passing has to get better for this offense to improve. Defensively it's all about what the line does or doesn't do. Some big worries but I think HC Dennis Franchione might be a little under rated and finds a way to reach .500.