Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Texas State Bobcats season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Texas State Bobcats
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Texas State Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
This needs to be when the payoff starts to come.
Everett Withers can obviously coach. He took James Madison to the FCS playoffs two years in a row, had a winning season at North Carolina, and bounced around from time to time doing great jobs as a recruiter and a defensive coordinator.
But Texas State needed a total reboot, and it hasn’t been pretty.
For all of the promise early on under Dennis Franchione, the program hasn’t been able to find much of an identity, with just four wins over FBS teams over the last three seasons.
Worse yet, under Withers, 17 of the 20 losses were by double-digits, and two fo the four victories came in the opening weeks – those were two very, very long seasons.
But Withers has put together some of the Sun Belt’s best recruiting classes, had no problems going way young – with underclassmen dominating the roster at times – and now he has a veteran team to work with.
Seven starters are back on offense, and that doesn’t include the likelihood that Willie Jones is the starting quarterback after seeing a little time.
The O line couldn’t block anyone, but Aaron Brewer is a good one, and four starters are back up front. The skill players are there to start doing a whole lot more as long as that line produces.
The D was okay considering it didn’t get a whole lot of help. It might not have done enough to take the ball away – really, there weren’t any interceptions – but with eight starters back and a potentially terrific linebacking corps. there’s reason to be hopeful.
There have been plenty of reasons to be hopeful, though. Now Texas State has to win a few games.