Earlier this week, Texas State Bobcats fans were hit by some bad news broken by Brent Thibodeaux from BobcatReport:
Safety Germod Williams has elected to transfer from #TXST. No word on his potential destination but someone will get a hell of a DB.— Brent Thibodeaux (@BrentThibodeaux) March 10, 2015
Needless to say, losing Germod Williams hurts. Here's what his stat line looked like last season:
- 9 games played
- 35 tackles (27 solo), 1 fumble recovery
- Four interceptions, two pass breakups
There's all sorts of message board speculation as to why one of the (likely) top three returning players on next year's defense won't be returning to San Marcos next year, but whatever the story is, this leaves Texas State with quite the conundrum. The Bobcats already lose seniors Colby Targun at safety and Craig Mager at cornerback, but with Williams, David Mims II and Aaron Shaw presumably returning, the secondary looked to be a relative strength in comparison to a rebuilding front seven. That may no longer be the case.
We'll have a better idea of what the secondary might look like during the spring game, but as of this moment either Dila Rosemond or Demetrius Woodard are likely in line to take his spot. Rosemond is a promising prospect and Woodard has nine games and four starts in 2014 to his belt, but whether either can replace Gizmo's athleticism and ability to pluck interceptions out of thin air remains to be seen. Their backups will be very green on experience, so at the very least the transfer of Williams is a blow to the secondary's overall depth.
However, what might be the most worrying bit of news about this transfer is where he might end up.
I'd keep an eye on #GoCoogs for Germod Williams. Houston is home and he still has a redshirt year available with two year eligibility.— Brent Thibodeaux (@BrentThibodeaux) March 10, 2015
Ugh. Even if you toss aside the unpleasant image of Williams wearing red and white, this leaves open the possibility of Williams taking the field against his former team when UH visits San Marcos in 2016. That would be quite an unpleasant prospect indeed, and one must wonder if Dennis Franchione will allow him to transfer to a future non-conference opponent.
You may have also noticed that a couple of other players were listed as gone in the Bobcatfans thread linked above, and their names are indeed left off of the 2015 spring roster:
- Matt Freeman, C: Would've been a senior and likely starter.
- Jack Costello, OL: Backup lineman that might've seen significant playing time next season.