Orakpo, Mayo make preseason award watch lists

Senior linebackers Mike Orakpo and David Mayo were named to preseason award watch lists.
Orakpo was named to the 2014 preseason Butkus award watch list. Orakpo is one of 51 linebackers on the list, with 50 players represented from FBS programs. The Butkus award recognizes the nation's top linebacker. Alabama's C.J. Mosley, drafted in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, won the award last year. 

Football team adds two more ESPN network games

The Texas State football team's first two games of the season will be televised on ESPN3 and ESPNews, the Sun Belt Conference announced Tuesday.

The Bobcats' first game of the season against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Aug. 30 will be available on ESPN3. The ensuing week against Navy is available on ESPNews.

Texas State has four games televised on the ESPN networks this season, including conference matchups against Louisiana, televised on ESPN2, and Arkansas State, shown on ESPNU.

The Sun Belt has 15 games televised on the ESPN networks in the first three weeks of the season.


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Texas State and UTSA football to begin eight-year game series

Texas State and UTSA will begin a eight-year home-and-home football series in September 2017, the universities announced Friday morning.
Texas State will host the first game of the series Sept. 23, 2017 at Bobcat Stadium and UTSA will host the second game of the series Sept. 22, 2018 at the Alamodome. The series concludes in 2025, with Texas State hosting games in 2020, 2022 and 2024.
"With the proximity and similarities that we have, this could develop into a special college football rivalry," Coach Dennis Franchione said. "It will be a great game for the fans of both schools to watch."
The Bobcats lost 38-31 in their previous meeting against UTSA in 2012. 39,032 people attended the game at the Alamodome.

Gold team takes spring game by single point

Coach Dennis Franchione anticipated a defensive battle prior to the Maroon and Gold Game. He said defenses typically dominate spring games because the offense is generally behind the curve compared to the defense. However, this was not the case.

The Bobcats combined for 59 points including 23 in the final quarter. The Gold team, tabbed as the favorite by Franchione, defeated the Maroon team, 30-29.

“You know you always have mixed emotions as a coach,” Franchione said. “There were a lot of good things about today. We came out pretty healthy, and that’s always a big criteria. We got to see some players in situations and that’s a good thing.”

Spring football concludes with Maroon and Gold Game

Texas State football concluded its spring practice Saturday after the Gold team defeated the Maroon team 30-29.

Bradley Miller, junior tight end, finished the game with five catches for 142 yards and found the end zone twice for the gold team. Chris Nutall, junior running back, rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries and scored twice for the Maroon team.

Miller caught a tipped ball at midfield and scored a 78-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, bringing the Gold team within seven. Miller later scored on a two-point conversion, putting the Gold team ahead 30-29 with 4:37 to go in the ball game.

Nutall’s best run came in the second period when he broke one for 24 yards before breaking through defenders and scoring a one-yard touchdown.

Football aims for consistency in Maroon and Gold Game

Coach Dennis Franchione took the team aside to deliver one message before its 13th practice of spring—be consistent.

Franchione said being consistent comes from within the individual player. It is exhibited when they extend themselves—whether it is the extra push at the line of scrimmage, the second effort when a running back is wrapped up or when a wide receiver stretches for an extra yard. The rest of the team will fall in line.

Football prepares for Maroon and Gold game

The Texas State football team continued to implement its no-huddle offense Tuesday while installing the bulk of defensive coordinator John Thompson’s strategies.

The practice included “Bobcat drills,” an exercise in which a single blocker protects the ball carrier from a defender, red zone schemes and an 11-on-11 scrimmage.

The team, dressed in full pads Tuesday, will practice the same way Thursday in preparation for its scrimmage Saturday. The Bobcats have 724 hours at their disposal spread over 15 practices to install, refine and develop the offense and defense until their regular season opener.

Former Arkansas State defensive coordinator to join Bobcats

Coach Dennis Franchione announced Monday afternoon John Thompson will be the new defensive coordinator for the Texas State football team.

Thompson spent his last two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas State, and will be bringing more than 30 years of experience with him.

Thompson served as the Red Wolves’ interim coach at the 2013 Bowl and captured a 17-13 victory over No. 25 Kent State. The victory marked the first bowl win for the team since 1960 and was the first win over a top 25 team since Arkansas State joined the FBS in 1992.

Craig Naivar reportedly accepts Kentucky coaching position

Sources confirm that over the weekend defensive coordinator Craig Naivar accepted a special teams coordinator and safeties coach position at Kentucky.

Naivar served as the Bobcats’ defensive coordinator from 2004-2007 before leaving for Rice.  He returned to the position in 2011.  Naivar will replace Bradley Dale Peveto, who will be the special teams coordinator and defensive assistant for the LSU Tigers.

Naivar had the fourth-best total defense in the Sun Belt Conference this past season, allowing 396.7 yards per game. Texas State had the best rushing defense in the conference for the 2013 season under Naivar, giving up 147.4 yards on the ground per contest.

Beyond the Game: Brad Miller


Even though senior tight end Brad Miller started off as a kid who “liked to run around in red Power Ranger outfits,” his parents are proud of the man he has grown into today.

At Sealy High School, Miller was a three-time All-District 25-3A selection in football, basketball and baseball. He earned Sealy’s “Seals-Jones” award as the school’s top student athlete as a junior. As a senior, he was named football MVP.


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