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Germod Williams to Transfer from Texas State

The Bobcat defense suffers a major blow for 2015 as one of their best returning starters is leaving San Marcos. To add insult to injury, one of his potential transfer destinations may be a future OOC opponent.

Bye, Gizmo.
Bye, Gizmo.
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Earlier this week, Texas State Bobcats fans were hit by some bad news broken by Brent Thibodeaux from BobcatReport:

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
Williams was a key part of a secondary that was often effective at minimizing long pass plays throughout the season, although his participation in games late in the season was limited. Speculation abounded as to whether his absence was due to injury or the coaches not factoring him into their future plans, although him getting playing time in the last game of the season against Georgia State likely showed that the coaches wanted to work him in as best they could.

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.

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.
Freeman could be a big loss as well unless somebody can develop a quick rapport with Tyler Jones under center.

I'll have an update on the projected depth chart to reflect these changes soon.