Texas State Bobcats 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 3-9
Texas State Bobcats 2016 Preview
The Texas State Bobcats are hoping new leadership helps them to take a few positive steps in 2016.
Overview: The perception that Dennis Franchione and the Texas State Bobcats were poised to make a postseason run in 2015 never materialized and Franchione suddenly retired. In steps Everett Withers who has the same expectations but few returning starters.
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Offense: Withers and the Bobcats first order of business is to name a starter under center and incumbent Tyler Jones might be the guy with over 2,500 passing yards and another 700+ yards on the ground but his 58% completion rate and 14 TD/10 INT ratio wasn’t great and guys like LG Williams and Missouri transfer Eddie Printz will get a look (among others). Texas State returns Demun Mercer (19-235) as the top receiving option and desperately need targets so expect everyone to get a look. The Bobcats lost leading runner Robert Lowe so guys like Tyler Siudzinsky, Nick Bingham and Stedman Mayberry will get opportunities but again everyone will get a look. The O-Line loses three starters but returns five with starting experience.
Defense: New DC Randall McCray has his work cut out for him as he inherits a unit that allowed nearly 40 points per game so he immediately is going to a 3-4 alignment. DE Karee Berry and NT Dallas McClarty are the only Bobcats lineman of significance back with a combined 57.5 tackles including seven TFL while the linebacking unit loses it’s top two tacklers but get back five with experience. Safety Damani Alexcee and corner Brandon McDowell anchor the Texas State secondary but this unit only recorded three interceptions on the season. McCray never had much help at Gardner-Webb and was successful so hopefully he can do the same at Texas State.
Condolences go out to the family and friends of Will Trevillon who passed away in February.
Special Teams: Punter Lumi Kaba averaged 44 yards per boot but was only 10-18 on field goals for a Bobcats squad that needed points. Brandon McDowell returned a punt for a touchdown and might become the primary kick returner as well.
Outlook: Texas State is going to be difficult to pin down until we see them play because they lost so much from last season. I don’t know if that’s all that bad considering the Bobcats went just 3-9 but I have no feel for this team until I see them although I see more then three wins.
9/3 @ Ohio
9/17 @ Arkansas
10/1 Incarnate Word
10/8 @ Georgia State
10/15 @ UL Monroe
10/22 UL Lafayette
11/5 @ Appalachian State
11/19 @ New Mexico State
12/3 Arkansas State