Texas State offensive line coach Clay McGuire is looking for continuity on his line. He’s been impressed with Eddie Rivas, the JC transfer from Glendale Community College and while the starting five isn’t set, Rivas has stepped up.
McGuire also mentioned Tanner King and Tate Heitmeier as effective working on the interior.
The ‘Cats overall all leaner, having dropped bad weight in the offseason. For McGuire, that means the task becomes building good weight to bulk up for the upcoming season.
With Baylor moving to a three-man front in their 33 stack scheme, defensive line coach Frank Okam is challenging his group to be more physical. That starts with All-Big 12 performer James Lynch. “He’s a very athletic player and a very intuitive player, and he’s very fast as far as how he reads football. If we can add a little bit more power with that, I think he has a chance to be really elite.”
UTSA back Brenden Brady missed practice yesterday nursing an injured toe. Frank Wilson told reporters that he’s holding Brady out as a precaution, but that precaution will extend into Saturday, and he’ll miss the Roadrunner’s scrimmage.
Andrew Martel is turning heads with his play at linebacker for UTSA. The former safety is in line to move inside and help replace the losses of Josiah Tauaefa and Les Mauro.
The Miners might’ve found a steal in Maricopa High School receiver Jacob Cowing. According to the czar of UTEP coverage Bret Bloomquist (@Bretbloomquist), Cowing should compete on special teams and might be the Miners kickoff returner as the season starts. Over his high school career, Cowing caught 89 passes for over 2,000 yards at Maricopa.
If you believe the Hudl bio, Cowing is a 4.4 40 guy. I tend to find the recorded track times a more accurate reflection of non-football speed, assuming these guys run track. Cowing downs and according to his track times, he recorded several sub 11 second 100 meter dash times, including a 10.7, and a 10.8 into a decent headwind, so he’s a burner.
TCU received some bad news on Friday as defensive back Noah Daniels will miss the 2019 season with an injury. Daniels underwent surgery on Friday, at this point TCU is not disclosing the nature of the injury. Daniels played in all 13 games last season, providing depth at cornerback.