Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Texas State Bobcats season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 3-9 overall, 1-7 in Sun Belt
Head Coach: Jake Spavital, 1st year
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE OFFENSE
– Get ready for the passing game to kick in. New head man Jake Spavital is a quarterback coach who knows how to get an offense going. He doesn’t have a Johnny Manziel or Will Grier on the roster, but his job – along with offensive coordinator Bob Stitt – is to jumpstart an O that finished 120th in the nation in total offense and averaged fewer than 20 points per game. But does he have any pieces to work with?
– It’s a three-man race for the quarterback gig. Tyler Vitt was the part of the starting mix last year, but the 6-2, 205-pounder threw ten picks along with his seven touchdowns. He can run, but Montana transfer Gresch Jensen is a baller, and sophomore Jaylen Gipson is a smart all-around athlete and was a great get for the program a few years ago. It’ll be an open fight in fall camp.
– Top target TE Keenen Brown is done after catching 51 passes. Second-leading receiver Hutch White is a mid-range receiver who caught 32 passes, and Jeremiah Haydel returns after averaging over 20 yards per catch. In all seven of the top eight wide receivers are back.
– There’s not a lot of size up front, but all five starters return. The group didn’t do much in pass protection, and the ground game only averaged 148 yards per game, but it’s a veteran line that can move a bit around decent C Aaron Brewer.
Leading rusher and former QB Willie Jones transferred, but senior Anthony Taylor is back after finishing second on the team with 312 yards and four scores. Most of the top running backs return, but the team averaged fewer than four yards per carry.