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An early look at the Texas State football team

OFFENSE

Despite the Bobcats' run-oriented spread offense, all eyes will be on the development and maturation of Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, who is entering his second consecutive season as the incumbent starter. Jones contributed to the Bobcats’ running game by rushing for 539 yards last season, which was third-best on the team.

The question is whether Jones developed to be a more impactful passer. While he has indeed grown more efficient, completing 65.4 percent of his passes and a 22:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2014, Jones averaged 222.5 passing yards per game.

Team shows promise for future

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When the outdoor season began for the Texas State track and field team, the Bobcats’ placing from week to week would show just how good the team could be.

It also showed that the team still had room for improvement.

At the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships, where the women took first and the men placed third, expectations were raised for the start of the outdoor season.

The Texas Relays were an opportunity to realize the expectations early in the outdoor season.

Major League Baseball, Bobcat Edition

Editor's note: With the selection of Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, and Scott Grist, senior pitcher, in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, Matt Gurevitz took a look at three active players who used to be a part of the Bobcats program. In all, 53 Bobcats have been selected in the MLB Draft in school history.

Paul Goldschmidt, first baseman

Arizona Diamondbacks

Draft: 2009, eighth round

Career MLB Stats: 531 games, 1925 at-bats, 578 hits, 102 home runs, 359 runs batted in, .300 batting average

Two Bobcats named to All-American teams at NCAA Outdoor Championships

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The Texas State track and field team wrapped up the outdoor season this past weekend after a few members competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  

The men's 4x400 relay team of James Hilliard (junior sprinter), Anthony Johnson (junior sprinter), De'Marcus Porter (freshman sprinter), and De'Quad Binder (junior sprinter) were the first to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The relay team finished the event in 17th place with a time of 3:08.48.

"I think it was a learning experience for them,” said Coach Dana Boone. “They ran one of their faster times of the season. They learned what it takes to run at the next level, so I think what they take away is a hunger to come back and to do better next year.  

Grist's selection in 2015 MLB Draft completes 'roller coaster ride'

Round 38 of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft rolled around and Scott Grist’s, senior pitcher, dream of being drafted was either going to be now or never.

The Milwaukee Brewers, with the 1,141 pick in the draft, decided to take a chance on Grist. He was the second Bobcat drafted after Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, was selected in the 37th round by the Cleveland Indians.

Grist’s goal to be drafted was complete. He will report to the Rookie League in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.

“The experience has been surreal for me,” Grist said. “I don’t think it’ll hit me until I’m going to Phoenix.”

Grist’s path to being drafted has been a tough one, calling it a “roller coaster ride."

Humpal, Grist selected in 2015 MLB Draft

Two of the starters that comprised the rotation of the 2015 Texas State baseball team were selected on the final day of the 2015 Major Baseball Draft. 

Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, was selected in the 37th round (1,114th overall) by the Cleveland Indians. Humpal, named the Preseason Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, finished his junior season with a team-high 104 innings pitched, 80 strikeouts and a 5.28 earned run average. Texas State's season concluded in the semifinals of the conference tournament, in which Humpal threw 7.1 innings and allowed three earned runs. 

Bobcats to end spring season at NCAA Outdoor Championships

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After last week's NCAA West Preliminaries, six members of the Texas State track and field team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Allie Saunders, senior jumper, will compete in the triple and long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 10 through June 13 in Eugene, Oregon. 

This will be Saunders’ second consecutive appearance in the outdoor championships. The stage is nothing new to her. 

Saunders' triple jump of 13.64 meters, a school record, gives her momentum going into the competition. 

Beyond the game: Anthony Johnson, junior sprinter

Anthony Johnson, junior sprinter, came a long way in order to compete for the Texas State track and field team.

Johnson has traveled through 46 states on his journey, but said he feels right at home in San Marcos.

Born in Arkansas, Johnson moved to Simmesport, Louisiana, with his mother when he was 2-years-old. His mother, Veronica Keller, had one dream in mind.

“Growing up, I read and heard about beautiful places that would be amazing to travel to,” Keller said. “I decided I wanted to travel the world, and show my road dog (Johnson) what all is out there.”

The two then drove all over the country when Johnson was about 3-years-old. 

Beyond the game: James Hilliard, junior sprinter

James Hilliard, junior sprinter, understands that you will only get out what you put in. 

Hilliard has been running track since elementary school, when he lived in Los Angeles, California, with his mother, Deborah Carr, who was a track star when she was younger. 

Growing up in a household where track and field was a large part of his life, Hilliard embraced the idea of setting and reaching goals.

“I love the feeling of winning and the sense of accomplishment that you set a goal for yourself and you go out and accomplish it,” Hilliard said. 

Naturally, this creates a competitive drive within Hilliard.

“I always want to get better,” Hillard said. “I always want to challenge myself. Motivation comes from within. I really don’t like to lose.”

Beyond the game: De'Marcus Porter, freshman sprinter

There are not many freshmen who have led their 4x400 meter relay team in a qualifier for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

De’Marcus Porter, freshman sprinter, ran the fastest split of the heat on the team, clocking in at 45.63.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Porter said. “No one, including myself, thought that I would be running this fast this early. This just sets the bar for the upcoming years. I’ll need to work harder to continue to run faster.”

Porter’s split aided Texas State in recording the second-fastest 4x400 time in school history. The 3:06.08 time pushed the Bobcats past TCU and Texas for 11th place, qualifying the team for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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