Know the Enemy: State of Texas

By Online Columnist Paul Letlow

Much depends on this week’s injury report at Texas State.

Playing without starting quarterback Brady McBride last Saturday in a 45-0 loss, the Bobcats were shut out for the first time in 19 years. As McBride treated an ankle injury, the team struggled with replacement veteran Tyler Vitt. Although Vitt had started 16 games in the previous three seasons, he was limited to 42 passing yards and one interception as he ran for 94.

“They didn’t play well last week without their star quarterback,” ULM coach Terry bowden noted. “Without him they weren’t the same offensive team. Not the same team. We have no idea, but we’ll wait for him to come back and prepare for it.”

McBride, the first quarterback to start two straight season opener for Texas State since 2016, completed 146 of 244 passes for 1,507 yards and 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He averages 215.3 passing yards per game and rushed for 141 yards with just one score.

“One thing that concerns me is if the quarterback comes back and has a day on the field,” Bowden said. “He had good stats there as a starting quarterback and it was difficult to stop them.”

Losers of five of their last six games and on a three-game slippage, Texas State (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) welcomes ULM (4-4, 2-3 Sun Belt) to the Bobcat on Saturday Stadium in San Marcos, Texas. The Texas State Homecoming game kicks off at 2 p.m.

“He’s a good team man. It’s the first year for Coach Bowden and they’ve had injuries and they’ve been working on some things,” said Texas State coach Jake Spavital. “So you see a lot of identity changes in the first eight games they’ve played. I think they’re playing extremely hard. They’re a very disciplined team.”

“They also need a win,” Bowden said. “They see us as W. I guarantee it. They say, ‘That’s a W for us.’ They are favored no matter what. But we have to go out there and play our best game of football. “

Similar to the collapse of five ULM’s sales figures in the state of Appalachia, the state of Texas had three freebies in its ULL loss.

“It doesn’t give you any idea of ​​how good they are,” Bowden said. “They beat South Alabama in overtime and won another game in overtime. Both wins they have are in overtime, which to me means they don’t get too nervous if they play a game until. end.”

Texas State’s two wins this season came in overtime, at the CRF (23-17 OT) and at home against South Alabama (33-31, 4 OT). This season marks the first time the State of Texas has won two overtime games in the same year and the first time the Bobcats have won a game that spans four overtime.

Like ULM, the State of Texas has revamped its roster as the 2021 season approaches. The State of Texas has 21 transfers listed on the Offensive and Defensive Depths chart. The Bobcats have added 26 transfers to this year’s roster and have added 35 total transfers over the past two seasons.

Spavital is in his third season as Texas State Head Coach and in his second year calling the offensive games for the Bobcats in 2021. The Bobcats are scoring 21.9 points per game with 337.3 yards of total attack. Texas State passes for 193.6 yards on average and rushes for 143.6 yards.

“Defensively we will have to be ready for any look imaginable,” said Spavital. “We’re going to have to figure out how they’re going to play us because they’re going to be extreme.”

Running back Calvin Hill leads the rushing game with 412 yards on 86 carries. Junior receivers Javen Banks (29 catches for 439 yards, four touchdowns) and Marcell Barbee (29 for 317, four touchdowns) are the primary targets in the air.

Texas is allowing 35.3 points and 422.4 yards (188.5 with 233.9 rushing) per game with seven sacks and two interceptions.

“We have to protect every edge of this terrain and we have to tackle,” Spavital said of the ULM offensive. “We haven’t tackled the last two weeks well and it will be one of those games we have to do.”

Utah State Strong Security Graduate Transfer Enhanced Security Troy Lefeged Jr., a transfer graduate from Utah State, leads the State of Texas with 54 tackles and one interception.

Linebacker Markeveon Coleman records with 51 tackles, two forced fumbles and two rushed quarterbacks.

The Bobcats will also enter the ULM clash uncertain about the Warhawks for quarterback. Eliminated from last week’s game with a bruised bicep on his non-pitching arm, the ULM quarterback Chandler rogers should return to the starting lineup – maybe.

“Chandler should be ready to play,” Bowden said. “I would tell you if he wasn’t.” Or maybe not.

“In college, you have the spirit of the game. You don’t have to report injuries like in the NFL by a certain date. We won’t necessarily do that if we don’t have to, because it could affect the way people defend us. “

Two estates to operate for ULM, the Bobcats have allowed 21 bags and have a turnover margin of minus seven with 18 freebies and 11 takeaways. Bowden expects a high scoring affair.

“With Texas State, to beat them, I think you have to beat them,” Bowden said. “If they have their quarterback, they usually score points.… I don’t think you can score points and have a chance to beat this team. We didn’t score points early (in the season) but we got better. Even in the second half last week with Jiya (Wright), we beat them (App State) 21-10 in the second half. “

Texas State Information: The Bobcats beat ULM 38-17 at Malone Stadium in 2020 to end a four-game losing streak against the Warhawks. … Texas state tackle Liam Dobson was the third player overall selected in the 2021 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last May. Dobson is a transfer from Maine and is ranked among the top 16 hard-hitting FCS to FBS Division I transfers in the country. … Kicker Seth Keller is 8 of 10 on the field with a long of 43.… The Bobcats are 1-3 at home in 2021.… Spavital is FBS third youngest head coach this season .

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