Among Texas State's young, talented receiving group, one asset is missing, and T.J. Bedford might fill that void. The Bobcats have survived on undersized receivers in the Withers tenures, Tyler Watts, Elijah King, recently dismissed Thurman Morbley, Hutch White, and Mason Hays are all nice options, even explosive, but they lack size. Whoever starts at quarterback for Texas State will want a big target who plays vertically and Bedford, at 6-3, looks like that guy.
We say looks like that guy because he's yet to see the field after redshirting in 2017. Bedford signed with the 'Cats out of St. Paul High School in Covington, Louisiana. Bedford. He was a two-sport star at St. Paul, also playing basketball. A high flyer on the hardwood, Bedford took those skills and transferred them to the gridiron, high pointing footballs and out jumping opponents for catches.
Safe to say we're leery of track and basketball guys masquerading as football players. There's a physical component to football that doesn't translate for some players. On his high school film, Bedford looks every bit of a football player. He blocks, tackles, and doesn't shy away from contact. For as much as we see the limitations of Hudl videos, they do show guys playing actual football and hitting things, unlike seven-on-seven highlights where the physical altercations are limited to coaches and parents in the parking lot.
Offensive coordinator Zak Kuhr likes Bedford's development. The redshirt freshman's been getting some first-team reps. Bedford could be a matchup problem on the edge, after an offseason in the Bobcat weight room; he's noticeably bigger. He can take that added bulk and uses it to be a physical route runner; if so, his athletic advantages will be even more pronounced.
The Bobcats have a lot of skill talent returning, and for the first time in Withers' run at Texas State, there's legitimate competition on the practice field at most positions this spring. Bedford has a chance to earn his way into a significant role next fall.
Texas State's spring game is April 14th at 3 p.m. at the House that Wacker Built.