2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Texas State Offense
Throw, and keep on throwing. There will be balance in the new offense, but the whole idea behind hiring the new coaching staff is to ramp up the attack and make it Texas Tech/Texas A&M-under-Kevin Sumlin-like when it comes to ramping up the air show. The passing game and the quarterbacks completed just 59% of their passes with 15 touchdowns and 12 picks. For an attack that scored just seven points in each of its last three games, it starts with throwing the forward pass better.
Biggest Key To The Texas State Defense
Start getting into the backfield. The Bobcats came up with a mere 15 sacks and 58 tackles for loss – there’s too much experience across the board to be that mediocre again. The run defense is good as long as the star linebackers are doing their thing, but the entire front seven has to figure out how to get behind the line. It starts with the defensive front doing more, with the linebackers taking care of most of the heavy lifting.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Gresch Jensen, Jr.
Last year’s starter Tyler Vitt is neck-and-neck with Jensen for the job to run Jake Spavital’s offense, and Jaylen Gipson might be too good to keep off the field, but the 6-2, 225-pound Montana transfer is the right fit. He went the JUCO route, and now he’s hooking up with offensive coordinator Bob Stitt to run the Bobcat attack. There will be picks, but he’ll run, he’ll keep things moving, and he’ll bomb away … if he’s the starter.
Key Game To The Texas State Season
Georgia State, Sept. 21
The Bobcats will be better, and they’ll certainly be more experienced, but that still doesn’t mean they’ll beat Texas A&M, Wyoming or SMU to start the season. However, they were able to beat Georgia State on the road last season for the lone Sun Belt victory, and they have to do it again to have any hope of getting past the three wins of last year. Win, and with Nicholls State up next before getting a week off, this could be when the season really gets going.
– Texas State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Texas State Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 107 – Texas State 27
– Field Goals: Opponents 18-of-19 – Texas State 6-of-14
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:11 – Texas State 27:49