Best Texas State Offensive Player
OT Aaron Brewer, Jr.
Not all that big or bulky, the 6-3, 285-pound veteran is never going to be a bowling ball for a ground game. But he’s versatile, he can pound, and he can really, really move.
The Bobcat pass protection was non-existent for far too often, but Brewer was good enough to earn Sun Belt all-star honors at left tackle. He can play guard if needed, but the more he works on the outside, the better.
2. OG Jacob Rowland, Jr.
3. RB Anthony D. Taylor, Jr.
4. C Reece Jordan, Soph.
5. QB Willie Jones, Soph.
Best Texas State Defensive Player
LB Bryan London, Jr.
The team’s leading tackler in each of the last two seasons, the 6-2, 232-pound junior followed up his 141 tackle debut with 91 stops with three tackles for loss and five broken up passes. He’s not much of a pass rusher from his spot on the inside, but that’s for the outside linebackers to take care of.
Great over the second half of last season, he had a run of three straight double-digit tackle games, making 35 stops. As a freshman he had ten double-digit stop performances with 19 in a game – he’s a banger.
2. LB Frankie Griffin, Sr.
3. S A.J. Krawczyk, Sr.
4. LB Nikolas Daniels, Jr.
5. CB JaShon Waddy, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Willie Jones, Soph.
At least for the moment, the 6-3, 190-pounder has the inside track for the starting job after seeing a little time as a true freshman. He might have hit just 18-of-37 passes for 281 yards with a pick, but when he saw significant action in the loss to Louisiana, he showed off what he could do making12-of-18 throws. He still needs time to grow into the job, but if he does, he’s the dual-threat difference-maker the offense has to have.
Key Game To The Texas State Season
at South Alabama, Sept. 15
For a program that only won two games in each of the last two seasons, getting a second victory by September 15th would be a really, really big deal. The Bobcats are going to lose to Rutgers to start the season, beat Texas Southern, and then it’s time to go to work in the new Sun Belt world. Beating South Alabama in the conference opener means a 1-0 league start, but also an early leg up in the West division.
2017 Texas State Fun Stats
– Interceptions: Opponents 10 – Texas State 0
– Penalties: Opponents 88 for 780 yards – Texas State 53 for 458 yards
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 108 – Texas State 42