Football

Secondary players to watch this fall

[Editor's note: For the last summer issue, The University Star sports staff will provide you with breakdowns of the 2015 Texas State football team—from the skill players to the front seven to the secondary to everything in between.]

David Mims II, senior cornerback

Sun Belt Conference Media Day: Football gearing up for 2015 season

Coach Dennis Franchione announced Monday that the Texas State athletics program will offer a full cost of attendance stipend for all student-athletes next year.

Starting August 2016, each athlete will receive $3,040 per year, according to reports from the San Marcos Daily Record

The cost of attendance stipend is intended to cover food, personal travel and other related expenses. 

“It’s a big decision for us,” Franchione said. “It’s going to be huge.”

For recruiting purposes, Franchione views the cost of attendance stipend as an important equalizer against more established football programs.

Football announces non-conference opponent in 2017

The Texas State football team has added another Power-5 conference team to their future football schedule.

In the 2017 season, Texas State will travel to Boulder, Colorado to take on the Colorado Buffaloes,  a member of the Pac-12 conference.

This will be the first time in program history the Bobcats have played a team from the Pac-12 conference. With this game scheduled, by 2017 Texas State will have played at least one team from every Power-5 conference: Big Ten (Illinois), Big 12 (Texas Tech), ACC (Florida State), SEC (Arkansas) and Pac-12 (Colorado).

The game against Colorado is the second game scheduled for the 2017 season thus far. The Bobcats are scheduled to host UTSA that year.

Seven key players to watch this fall

[Editor's note: For the next few summer issues, The University Star sports staff will provide you with breakdowns of the 2015 Texas State football team—from the skill players to the front seven to the secondary to everything in between.] 

Trey McGowan, senior linebacker 

Sign of inspiration: Football player performs first-ever sign language concert

On July 6 Brian Guendling, junior defensive end, posted a YouTube video of himself performing a sign language concert alongside friends and teammates—the first of its kind.

Overnight, the video received over 2,000 views. There is more to this story than a viral video, however. 

Guendling has spent his life around the special needs community. Guendling’s two 55- and 51-year-old uncles are blind, mentally challenged and have been in wheelchairs their entire lives. 

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.

Bobcats looking to ‘leave no doubt’ in 2015 season

Jafus Gaines, senior wide receiver, showed up nearly three hours early to prepare for an intrasquad scrimmage.

Gaines took a shower and stretched to get his mind ready. The annual Maroon and Gold game had no implications on his standings, but Gaines wanted to wipe away the memories from last season. That meant putting in extra work in the offseason.

The Texas State football team did not make a bowl game despite winning seven of 12 matchups last year. The Bobcats had the most wins of any Division I team that missed a bowl game.

A new year presents another opportunity. For now, the end of the 2014 season rests on the minds of the Bobcats.  

Maroon team “Gaines” the victory

The Maroon team dialed up a Hail Mary play with fewer than 10 seconds remaining.

Connor White, sophomore quarterback for the Maroon team, had three options on the play—Jafus Gaines (senior wide receiver), Lawrence White (senior tight end) and Ryan Garrey (senior wide receiver).  

Gaines told Garrey to get in front of the defense so he could sneak behind it in case the ball was tipped.

White rolled to his left as the defense collapsed, throwing the ball toward Gaines. The Gold team deflected the ball into Gaines’ hands for the game-winning touchdown. The Maroon team left Bobcat Stadium with a 23-21 victory.

“Those plays don’t happen every often,” White said. “It was a lot of fun. I don’t know if you can end it any funner than that.”

Notebook: Maroon 23, Gold 21

WHAT THE GAME MEANS

The game does not mean anything from a fan perspective, but Coach Dennis Franchione was able to measure the talent of his team in a low-stakes intrasquad setting. Franchione said the matchup was the most physical spring game in which he has participated.  

Now the team can ease up a bit before increasing its intensity in the summer and fall. The real tests remain months away.

 

TURNING POINT

The last play of the game, which made the top 10 for ESPN’s Saturday SportsCenter show.

Maroon and Gold game to conclude spring practice

The Texas State football team’s foundation is molded in spring, five months before the Bobcats’ season opener against Florida State.

The culmination of spring practice is Texas State’s annual Maroon-Gold game, pitting the Bobcats against themselves in an intrasquad matchup.

The game is a chance for younger players to make a statement. For older players, the game is an opportunity to shake off the rust in preparation for the 2015 season.

For Coach Dennis Franchione, the game is a glimpse of what to expect from his team.

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