Football has sprung back up in the 78666 and the fans came out this past Saturday eager to see a preview of Coach Jake “The Snake” Spavital and his staff’s revamped Texas State Bobcats squad.
The affair was a typical spring game with the team itself playing for pride and the fans and media scoping out the potential starters come this fall. But amid the aroma of crawfish from the tailgate and the presence of Bobcat greats of the past for the annual alumni flag football game, there was plenty to analyze, especially at signal caller.
Despite gusting winds in the 30 mph range and rapidly dropping temperatures at Bobcat Stadium the offense cranked out 473 yards. Five passers accounted for the 304 passing yards in the newly installed Bob Stitt offensive scheme.
Highly regarded transfer Gresch Jenson led the ‘Cats in passing going 11-for-22 for 130 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Vitt, who played in 9 games last season went 6-for-8 and 32 passing yards and added 21 yards on the ground.
Jenson showed he is more than likely the front runner to start under center come August 29th. He displayed vision and pocket awareness that could land him the starting job. But don’t sleep on Tyler Vitt. He has the skills and even if he doesn’t leap frog Jensen immediately he’ll have the experience and talent to be a valuable backup.
The rushing attack was on display and complimented an offense
“We got a lot of good backs, you know and there’s healthy competition,” exclaimed Coach Spavial, “So when they got their opportunity to shine they’re actually going full speed.”
Anthony D. Taylor led all backs with a solid 72 yards rushing and an average of 7.9 yards a carry. He is by far the most experienced back entering his senior year with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in his career.
Ale Harris added 42 yards rushing and quarterback turned running back Jaylin Nelson turned in 39 yards on the ground.
Coach Spav was impressed with the showing the backs displayed and their value for the upcoming season.
“The running backs are the ones that emerged to me because when we start getting the running game going I think this is when the offense really goes.”
“Because if you’re gonna win championships, if you’re gonna win games you got to establish the running game. I like what I saw.”
The passing game produced 16 receivers, including Mason Hays, who had 82 yards and a touchdown on a spectacular 68 yard catch. Shane Carney had 58 yards on two catches and Seth Calliouet tacked on 40 leading the pack of a stacked group of receivers.
Led by the versatile veteran Aaron Brewer the offensive line made some strides under O-Line Coach Clay McGuire.
Coach Spavital was pleased with the line’s performance but feels like they have a long way to go.
Defensively the Bobcats are solid as ever. Enough so that the veterans who are proven were pulled early to let players with less experience get a taste of some action.
Of course the defense is anchored by potential All-American linebacker and leader of the defense, Bryan London.
The defense gave up a ton of yards but that wasn’t the whole story. With various lineup changes implemented the ‘Cats D had 12 tackles for losses (including three sacks) and an end zone interception courtesy of Kieston Roach.
Despite playing only a smattering of plays Bryan London in typical fashion led the defense with 7 tackles.
For this year’s spring game there was no track of score.