Discussion in 'NCAA Football' started by Wyrmreaver, Oct 17, 2012.
Saw someone else had a thread about theirs, so I figured why not run something and write about it.
Gameplay: All American
Quarters: 7 minutes
Game Speed: Normal
Speed Threshold: 25
Recruiting: Self imposed limit on scharships - cant sign over the 70 roster limit. Exception - any player rated below 60 may be considered a walk on and a replacement recruit may be signed
The Texas State Bobcats announced a hiring today in San Marcos. Coach Wyrm Reaver has accepted a position as the defensive coordinator for the Bobcats as they move into FBS play and join the WAC. Sources say that Wyrm Reaver will also be the primary recruiter for the team as well.
"I am honored to accept the position and I'd like to thank Coach Franchione and the AD for the opportunity to be a part of something special here at Texas State. We are making a jump up in competition but we have a great group of young men to put on the field and a dedicated coaching staff to make sure their ready when they get out there."
Coach Reaver will be employing a 3-3-5 defensive scheme according to sources.
Texas State defensive outlook
Kamu Taulelei (SR), 67 OVR
Tylond Robertson (RS-FR) 62 OVR
Jonathon Ward (RS-SR) 53 OVR
Jordan Norfleet (RS-JR) 70 OVR
Blake Meuth (RS-SO) 56 OVR
Deshun Williams (JR) 68 OVR
Blake Mccolloch (RS-JR) 64 OVR
Jamie Clavell Head (RS-JR) 59 OVR
Left Outside Linebacker
Keishe Wilcox (SO) 68 OVR
Steven Smith (FR) 55 OVR
Joplo Bartu (RS-SR) 71 OVR
Derek Morrow (SO) 63 OVR
Right Outside Linebacker
Brian Lilly (RS-SR) 69 OVR
Drew Hamilton (RS-SR) 56 OVR
Darryl Morris (RS-SR) 77 OVR
Craig Mager (RS-SO) 71 OVR
Davin Mims (SO) 69 OVR
Phillip Benning (JR) 64 OVR
Xavier Daniels (RS-JR) 82 OVR
Tyler Chase (SO) 62 OVR
Jason McLean (RS-SR) 71 OVR
Justin Iwuji (RS-JR) 63 OVR
Aaron Matthews (SR) 59 OVR
The strength of this team is in the secondary with impact players Darryl Morris (CB) and Xavier Daniels (FS). The trick will be forcing teams to throw the ball. Given the lack of size and talent up front it could be very challenging to keep teams from grinding out yards on the ground. We'll employ an aggressive scheme with both strong safeties in and around the box to give ourselves the best chance. Given that strategy, Daniels will have his work cut out for him patrolling the deep middle of the field.
Texas State Schedule:
Week 1: at Houston L, 23-31
Week 2: vs Texas Tech W, 27-3
Week 3: Bye
Week 4: at Ohio State L, 9-31
Week 5: vs Nevada L, 7-14
Week 6: vs New Mexico W, 28-3
Week 7: vs Idaho (WAC opener) W, 28-14
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: at San Jose State W, 16-14
Week 10: at Utah State
Week 11: vs Louisiana Tech
Week 12: at Navy
Week 13: at UTSA (rivalry week)
Week 14: vs New Mexico State
Hopefully I'll enjoy this more than the actual game. Will be following.
Late in the first quarter the aggressive Texas State D was exposed on an 88 yard jet sweep by WR D Greenberry of Houston making it 7-0 after one. After a quick 3 and out by Texas State Houston made quick work of a short field to extend the lead to 14-0. Finally the Texas State offense gor something going, and Rutherford would find Erickson for a 10 yard score to narrow the lead to 14-7. After forcing a 3 and out, the Texas State D watched the offense fail to move into scoring range, but then a nice punt pinned Houston inside the 10. Pinning their ears back, Texas state sent the house on 2nd down and got the safety when mike LB Joplo Bartu flew threw the line and hammered Houston's QB. After forcing a 4th down the defense hoped the offense could close the gap still further before the half, but a penalty by the special teams would extend the drive and Houston would manage a FG to make it a 17-9 lead at the half. Texas State would miss a FG to start the third quarter, their third miss of the game (that's 9 points pissed away). Texas State safety Jason McLean would end a Houston drive with an INT near his own goalline to give his offense the ball back late in the third still down by just 8 points. The Bobcats offense would then throw an INT and give Houston the ball in FG range on 2 consecutive possessions, both times the Cougars hurry up offense would get the ball in the endzone through the air. After another 3 and out by the offense, the Bobcats D found themselves again with their backs against the wall. Down 31-9 with Houston on the wrong side of the 50, the Bobcats would drop into coverage, the front 3 would flush Piland out of the pocket and his throw on the run would be snatched out of the air by senior OLB Brian Lilly off of a great read, leaving his middle zone to make the play near the sideline. The INT seemed to spark the offense and they managed a TD with just under 2 minutes left, 31-15 after the failed 2 pt conversion. Needing really just one first down to close things out, Houston would get stuffed on 2 consecutive runs after which Texas State would call time outs. Facing 3rd and 11 the cougars went to the air to put the game away, but FS Xavier Daniels would undercut the slant route make the play on the ball and outrun the offense for a 55 yard TD return! After a successful 2 pt conversion the lead was cut to 8 with a minute and a half left. Houston would recover the onside kick though and would be able to just kneel out the clock since the Bobcats had only one time out remaining.
The Bobcats defense wasn't having any of it! Tech came out throwing and they gained some yards, but not enough. Doege had 339 yards through the air but completed just under 50% of his throws, was sacked 4 times and picked off twice. Xavier Daniels returned an interception for a TD for the second consecutive week and the Texas State kicker finally made a field goal as the Bobcats cruised in their first ever home game as an FBS school.
Texas State went up to the shoe to take on Ohio State this weekend. Most prognostications had the Buckeyes in a blow out and the Vegas line was over 40 points. After kickoff though, a football game broke out. One thing is certain, defensive coordinator Wyrm Reaver is doing something right down in San Marcos. The Bobcats forced the Buckeyes to punt on their first possession before tOSU put together a sustained scoring drive, going up 7-0 to close out the first quarter on a Braxton Miller TD run. After a 3 and out by the TSU Offense, the Buckeyes again marched downfield before Miller again ran in for 6, making the margin 14-0 early in the second. At this point coach Reaver must have had something to say, because his boys came out on fire the rest of the way shutting down the Buckeyes the rest of the quarter before pinning them deep and forcing a safety just before the half to make it 14-2 at the break. The safety seemed to galvanize the offense, at least for one drive. They came out after the halftime show and but the ball in the endzone to make it a 14-9 game. The Buckeyes managed a FG to go into the fourth up 17-9. After a turnover deep in their own territory, the Bobcats D found themselves once again in deep water and gave up a TD, setting the team back 24-9 with 6 minutes left. Despite 4 more stops that forced quick punts by the defense, Texas States offense couldnt get anything done. In fact, they gave up a fumble return for a TD while the defense was on the sidelines, giving the game it's final margin.
The real story in this game was the inability of the Texas State offense to make plays and move the ball. Nine times the Bobcat defense gave the offense the ball with the score 0-0 in the first half and nine times the offense failed to earn a first down. After halftime, the Bobcats offense drove into FG range, able to move the chains for the first time all game, but a fumble would put the defense back on the field. After the Defense again came up big with an interception giving the offense a short field, they finally got some points. Gilmore caught a 13 yard TD pass from the backup quarterback to give Texas State a 7-0 lead. The defense forced a Nevada 3 and out and it looked like the momentum was shifting. Then disaster struck as the offense fumbled and Nevada recovered, returning the ball inside the 5. The Wolfpack would punch it in from there to even things up 7-7. After the offense stalled again, Nevada finally broke though Defensive Coordinator Wyrm Reaver's boys with a play action bomb for a 50 yard score and a 14-7 lead to close out the third quarter. Coach Reavers defense would give the Bobcats 4 more offensive possessions despite twice facing the Wolfpack on their own side of the 50 after failed 4th down attempts, but the offense couldn't string together anything and the game would end at 14-7. On the day the Bobcats defense would hold Nevada to just 254 yards of offense and just 4 of 14 on third downs while coming up with 5 interceptions and 6 sacks. Conversely, the Bobcats offense would convert just 3 of 17 third downs and 0 of 3 on 4th down while competing just 14 of 43 pass attempts and fumbling twice.
Defensive Coordinator Wyrm Reaver after the game, "Yeah, I think we should have won this game. My boys created 5 turnovers and shut down their offense, but if we are going to win then at some point our offense is going to have to put some points on the board, they cant expect the defense to score touchdowns and safeties every single week."
New Mexico got the ball first and drove down the field before settling for a FG to start things off. It was the only points they'd see all game as the Bobcats defense was on fire. Texas State's offense showed signs of life, scoring 3 TDs in the first half, though 2 of those were set up by interceptions, giving them short fields. Just before halftime, sophomore corner Craig Mager stepped in front of a pass for his second INT on the day and returned it for a TD to give the Bobcats a 28-3 lead. The second half was quiet as the teams mostly traded punts for 2 scoreless quarters. The Bobcats move to 2-3 on the year on the strength of another excellent defensive performance. Up next is their WAC conference opener against the Idaho Vandals.
The week leading up to the conference opener has been a good one for Texas State on the recruiting front as they inked their first three commitments as an FBS school.
1. SS Dustin Gibson - A JUCO Sophomore out of Beeville, TX. Dustin is undersized at just 5-10, 175 and could move to corner for the Bobcats. Originally expected to be a 73 OVR, Dustin rates out as a 78 (+5) after scouting.
2. FS Michael Thompson - Mike has the coaching staff in San Marcos really excited. The Brownwood, TX product was originally thought to be a 68 OVR but the scouts found that his speed had been undersold (95 speed, 97 accel, from Bs) and that Mike just may be one of the best DB prospects in the country at 80 (+12) OVR.
3. FS Adam Foster - Adam is another TX product, out of Pecan Grove. Like the other safeties signed, he is better than advertised, coming to the team at 71 (+5) OVR. Adam has good speed, agility, and tackling skills which could prompt a move to SS in the 3-3-5.
Texas State moves to 3-3 (1-0) with a win over Idaho in their WAC opener. The play of the game came in the second quarter. Idaho, looking to test the Bobcats secondary deep threw a post vs cover 2, but Senior SS Jason McLean didn't bite, got in position and picked it off at the 5 yard line. After the INT, McLean wove through the Idaho offense en route to a 95 yard TD return. That score made it a 14-0 game and the Bobcats never really looked back as they cruised to the win.
Three more in state prospects ink letters of intent to play at Texas State after visiting for the win over Idaho.
4. CB Scott Jones - Scott is a JUCO JR who comes in at 74 (+3) OVR. With his cover skills and speed, expect Scott to see the field sooner rather than later. Given the CB situation he has an excellent chance of being the #2 CB on the depth chart next season.
5. MLB Nick Garrett - A solid player for a 3 star at 68 (+1) OVR, Nick has nice speed but is not the aggressive, wrap up tackler that the coaches would like him to be. Regardless, Nick will be given the chance to prove himself in the fall and could start situationally for this team.
6. OLB David Sullivan - This kid is the second absolute steal for this team. David comes in at 76 (+7) OVR after scouting with elite athleticism for the position (85 speed, 99 accel). The coaches are already penciling him in as a starter and expect big things out of him next year.
The bye week following the Idaho game was another good one for Texas State recruiting. The Bobcats welcomed 2 more in state prospects to the team.
7. ATH Kenneth Lawson - Ken comes to San Marcos as a JUCO Sophomore with a 75 (+1) OVR. Based on scouting reports, Ken could likely play QB, HB, or WR for this team next season.
8. ATH Freddie Tidwell - This kid looks like he could play either HB or LB for the team next season. As a JUCO Junior he appears more ready to play than most two star players at 68 (+6) OVR.
Texas State jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in this game and the defense played fantastic through two and a half quarters. Late in the third, SJSU HB Ervin suddenly realized he was playing a 3-3-5 and started power running and picking up huge gains, including a 34 yard TD score to cut the lead to 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. After an interception, the Spartans had a short field and took advantage with a wildcat pass play for a 10 yard TD to take the lead with under 5 minutes to play, 14-10. Texas State would drive the ball downfield with determination but another INT, this one at the 10 yard line would stall a scoring opportunity. The defense stepped up though and forced a 3 and out. Back on the field the offense again got a nice little drive going and on 4th and 1 from the 16, QB Arndt would take a keeper to paydirt to regain the lead with under a minute left. After a missed extra point made it 16-14 the defense was called on to make one last stop. Two plays later they did just that when Mike LB Joplo Bartu undercut a HB angle route and made a game ending INT.
In the wake of the win over SJSU, Texas State signed three more prospects from their home state.
9. ATH Devin Mills - another JUCO player, Devin will hit the field in his junior year of eligibility. A gifted athlete, Devin could easily play WR, CB, FS, or even QB for the Bobcats next, but the coaches seem to really like him as a WR or CB. Looks good at 78 (+4) OVR.
10. FS Drew Fine - A JUCO Sophomore, Drew is an oversized FS prospect at 218 lb. He also is a bit slow (83) and the coaches have indicated that they may give him a look at OLB in fall camp, especially with the number of safeties already signed. Rates as a 69 (+2) OVR.
11. MLB Joe Stewart - Another solid LB added to this class, Joe has nice speed for the position and solid block shedding and play recognition for a three star prospect. He will be a 69 (+1) OVR
The scoring started when Utah State fumbled a punt snap and recovered it in their own endzone, 2-0 Bobcats. After a short drive, Texas State would punt and pin Utah State deep in their own territory and a sack would cause another safety, 4-0 Bobcats. The Texas State offense would be razor sharp for most of the game converting on third downs and creating points while the defense would add a pick 6 on one of the six turnovers they forced en route to an easy win over the Aggies.
The win improves Texas State's record to 5-3 (3-0) going into next weeks matchup with Louisiana Tech. The winner of that game will be in the driver's seat for the conference title as both teams enter the game unbeaten in conference play.
Two more recruits inked commitments this week, bringing the season total to 13 signings, all from the state of Texas.
12. FS Will Sparks - Will has great acceleration but lacks top end speed which could see him to a spot at strong rather than free safety in the 3-3-5. He arrives on campus as a 66 (+2) OVR.
13. DE Antoine Key - This kid gives the Bobcats a much needed boost up front. with his excellent finesse moves (84), Antoine should be able to generate pressure off the edge. He joins the team as a 67 (+1) OVR
Led by mike linebacker Joplo Bartu, Texas State took control of the WAC and made themselves bowl eligible with a win over Louisiana Tech. Bartu had 13 tackles on the day, including 4.5 sacks as the defense sacked LTU 10 times. Despite that, it was a highly competitive back and forth game that wasnt settled until Texas State scored a TD with 2 minutes left to go up 10 points. The Bobcats actually entered the 4th quarter down 21-17 but managed to engineer the comeback all the same.
Texas State signed their first prospect from outside their home state this week.
14. WR Kyle Johnson - Kyle is from Selmer, TN and is the first four star recruit ever signed by the Bobcats. Expect Kyle to see the field pretty early for this team as his 68 (-1) OVR should put him in good standing on the depth chart
Texas State records their first shutout on a road trip to Annapolis. Neither offense played particularly well, but the Bobcats forced a safety and held Navy to just 75 yards of offense for the game. The midshipmen never stood a chance as the 3-3-5 locked down the edges against the flex.
For Texas State, a win vs either UTSA or New Mexico State in the final two weeks clinches the WAC conference title.
Texas State wins the WAC with a big road win over their rival. The Roadrunners were simply outmatched by the scheme of Bobcats DC Wyrm Reaver. The defense recorded a safety and the special teams recorded a kickoff return to close out the first half. The Bobcats are celebrating but will be looking to stay perfect in WAC play when they take on New Mexico State in their regular season finale.
Texas State ends the regular season with an exclamation point! The Bobcats trounced NMSU with a shutout win. The Bobcats defense has had a special season under coach Reaver and now this team will be headed to a bowl game to see if they can improve upon their impressive 9-3 record.
CMU puts it to Texas State in their first ever bowl game. The Texas State offense was 0 for 13 on third down attempts which put the defense in desperation mode trying to make a big play to try and put the team back on track. They did manage a number of sacks and a few INTs, but the Offense could never seem to capitalize.
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