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Orakpo declares for 2015 NFL Draft

After being unable to secure a medical redshirt from the NCAA for his sixth year of eligibility, Mike Orakpo, senior linebacker, declared for the 2015 NFL Draft according to Joe Vozelli of the San Marcos Daily Record. 

Orakpo, named to the Sun Belt Conference first team defensive team in the preseason, missed 10 games this year, after tearing his ACL and MCL in the second quarter in Texas State's 35-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.

Orakpo tallied 76 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 career games for the Bobcats. 

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Mayo earns Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year

David Mayo, senior linebacker, was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the first Texas State football player to earn a Sun Belt Conference individual award.

Mayo tied the conference record with 154 tackles this season, exceeding the 20 tackle threshold twice this season. Mayo's 22 tackles in the 22-18 win over Louisiana-Monroe were the third most in an individual game in conference history.

Bradley Miller, senior tight end, Michael Odiari, senior defensive end, and Craig Mims, junior cornerback, were named to the first-team offensive and defensive teams, respectively. 

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Mayo named to 2015 NFLPA All-Senior team

David Mayo, senior linebacker, has been selected as an inside linebacker on the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl All-Senior Team.

Mayo leads the Sun Belt Conference and he tied a Sun Belt single-season record with 154 tackles, putting him third in school history for most tackles in a single season.

Mayo was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week twice this season and ranks second among NCAA leaders with an average of 12.8 tackles per game. The senior linebacker became the first FBS player this season and the first Sun Belt Conference player in history to record 20 or more tackles in two games.

Mayo ranks 17th nationally with six solo tackles per game and he was second among Sun Belt leaders with three forced fumbles.

Texas State misses out on bowl game for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, the Texas State football team did not receive an invitation to a bowl game despite being bowl eligible. 

Football year in review: Bowl game imminent for program in second year of Division I eligibility

The Texas State football team toed the line between disaster and success this year.

The end result, a 7-5 record and a potential bowl game invitation, is a step in the right direction for a program in the infancy of its transition to the Division I level.

But the season could have taken a different turn. Coach Dennis Franchione said the team could be 9-3 or 3-9 at this point, a massive difference befitting a team that takes volatility to a new level. Case in point—seven games were decided by eight points or fewer.

For the most part, the Bobcats thrived with their backs against the wall. There were dents in the armor, but that comes with any program building its football foundation from the ground up.

Bobcats finish season with win against Georgia State

There was less than a minute left in the game when Georgia State junior quarterback Tyler Arbuckle led the final shot at closing the gap, which was as high as 30 points in the third quarter.

Georgia State tacked on 21 points in the fourth quarter, trimming the deficit to 16 points. 

Through the array of allies and opponents, Arbuckle found sophomore wide receiver Robert Davis. Before the ball could settle in to his outstretched hands, David Mims, junior cornerback, came from Davis’ left side to intercept the pass and return it for a 60-yard touchdown.

In less than 20 seconds, the Texas State football team secured its seventh win of the season.

Notebook: Texas State 54, Georgia State 31

The Texas State football team concluded the season much like they began the year: With a double-digit victory against an inferior opponent.

WHAT THE WIN MEANS 

A bowl game -- maybe? Texas State's resume is certainly stronger after its 18-point victory against Arkansas State. The other six victories -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tulsa, Idaho, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Georgia State -- aren't impressive on their own. The good news: Texas State is playing its best football when it matters most. 

TURNING POINT

Live blog: Texas State vs. Georgia State

FULL RECAP: Bobcats finish season with win against Georgia State
NOTEBOOK: Quixem Ramirez breaks down the 54-31 win
STATS: TXST vs. Georgia State final box score

FINAL: Texas State 54, Georgia State 31

Texas State controlled the first half, before relenting some control in the second half. Georgia State closed the gap and the game wasn't completely decided until the final minutes. A protoypical Texas State victory. They wouldn't have it any other way.

Bobcats anticipate tough matchup with bowl game on the line

Against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, showcased the team’s dynamic and “balanced” offense.

Against Georgia Southern, the Bobcats’ defense showed its ability to contain a top-ranked rushing team.

Against Louisiana-Monroe, David Mayo, senior linebacker, reminded his team and fans that the Bobcats could win in the final minutes of a game.

In 11 weeks, the Bobcats have evolved to a point that allowed them to play Arkansas State in what Coach Dennis Franchione called their most complete game this season. 

With six wins to their name, the Bobcats travel to Georgia State Saturday expecting to leave with not only a win but a bowl game invitation.

Six players to watch

Sports reporter Paul Livengood focuses on six Bobcats to watch prior to the Texas State football teams' matchup against Arkansas State.

Craig Mager, senior cornerback: One of the keys for a Bobcat win will be to lock down the Georgia State Panther passing attack, especially junior wide receiver Donovan Harden. Harden leads the Panthers with 55 catches, 827 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this year. The Bobcats will lean on the shoulders of the dependable senior to shut down Harden. 

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