College Football Preview: The 2015 Texas State Bobcats
Texas State Bobcats Preview
2014 Record: 7-5
The Texas State Bobcats will be looking for their first Bowl under the guidance of Dennis Franchione.
Overview: The coaching career of Dennis Franchione is full of successful rebuilds and while Texas State returns plenty of talent offensively the defense needs some help and Franchione’s reputation will be tested as he tries to fill the holes on this unit.
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Offense: Texas State averaged almost 34 points in 2014 and much of the credit has to go to quarterback Tyler Jones who connected on 65.4% of his throws for 2,670 yards with 22 TD’s against seven picks while rushing for nearly 700 yards. Jones has options with four of his top six targets back including Brandon Smith and CJ Best. Robert Lowe led the ground game with almost 1,100 yards but if Chris Nutall is back on the team the Bobcats will be dangerous running the ball especially with All Sun Belt LT Adrian Bellard leading a group of four returning lineman.
Defense: The Bobcats had issues stopping the run and pass and the pass rush took a huge hit with DE Michael Odiari taking nine sacks to graduation. Dallas McClarty is the leader of this group with seven TFL and three sacks but there is a lot of experience back so well have to see if a few guys step up. The linebacking crew returns three of the top four but lose David Mayo and his team high 113 tackles with three freshman likely to see action especially if the injury bug bites. The secondary returns eight of the top ten including six safety’s and corner David Mims II who totaled five interceptions.
Special Teams: Texas State loses a quality punter in Will Johnson who doubled as the PK so these areas have to be addressed. Brandon Smith is back to return kicks but bringing back punts is an open job.
Outlook: The Bobcats might have the same look as in 2014 with plenty of scoring punch backed up by a defense that can be moved on. Texas State could win another game and I wouldn’t be surprised while losing another game or two wouldn’t surprise me either.