Operation More than Two Wins enters the critical Spring Game phase today as the Texas State Bobcats square off against each other for San Marvelous supremacy.
Here's what to watch for:
New Defensive Coordinator Chris Woods
After Defensive Coordinator Randall McCray headed to the NFL, Everett Withers dipped into Oklahoma's staff for analyst Chris Woods. Woods is a veteran defensive play caller, having done so at several lower division stops. 2018 is his first time coordinating an FBS unit. The Bobcat defense should be a strength with a lot of young talent returning in 2018 from a group that improved significantly last season. Now Woods puts his stamp on the Bobcat defense. Saturday is our first look at his scheme and a little taste of how the 2018 version will play.
Whatever quarterback battle there is at Texas State, the Bobcats are choosing between inexperience and further inexperience. Willie Jones III looks like the front-runner to win the position, but Jaylen Gipson will get plenty of looks as well. Gipson, a redshirt from Mexia, combines with Jones to give the Bobcats their most athletic quarterback duo in a long time. The problem is neither has much in the way of real game experience. Jones attempted just 37 passes last season, half of which came in his one start against Louisiana Lafayette. Gipson's next collegiate pass will be his first. Chances are both will play in 2018 so getting them as prepped as possible is essential.
The Offensive Line
Texas State returns about everyone from their 2018 two-deep up front. The 2017 iteration wasn't good at blocking. That tends to be a bad skill set to lack. Can the Bobcats find five starters who can remedy that issue in 2018 with last years depth and several newcomers including Central Arkansas transfer David Tachie and redshirts Tanner King and Caleb Carlile? They'll join the join commodities, Aaron Brewer and to a lesser extent Reece Jordan in former the cornerstones of the new front.
The Defensive Line
Texas State took a shot in the pills when Jordan Mittie transferred to Kansas State. Mittie developed into a nice player. At defensive end, Mittie's position the Bobcats have a solid defensive end pair in Ishmael Davis who's sitting out this spring recovering from knee surgery and Dean Taylor. These fifteen practices are about finding depth, and the spring game will give us a chance to see who made the cut.
Texas State's Maroon/Gold game starts at 3 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.