Heading into a matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini, the Texas State football team took an unfortunate hit.
Michael Orakpo, senior linebacker, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL suffered in the first quarter of the Bobcats’ 35-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.
The injury pushes Jerrid Jeter-Gilmon, junior linebacker, Trey McGowen, junior linebacker,, and Stephen Smith, sophomore linebacker, into immediate starting roles for the rest of the season. If they can’t replicate Orakpo’s production—he led the team in tackles for loss and sacks loss last year—it will have a trickle-down effect on defensive coordinator John Thompson’s defense. Thompson’s strategy excels when the defense and linebackers pressure the quarterback.