College Football: Are you ready for some football?
By JOE VOZZELLI
Football season is getting closer and with it comes Texas State’s fall practice which opens on Monday night inside Bobcat Stadium.
Texas State will practice once per day for the first few sessions of this week before returning to two-a-day practices on Saturday.
The Bobcats start practice at 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday inside Bobcat Stadium with Friday’s session coming at 9 a.m. Saturday will consist of morning and afternoon practices with start times of 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All practices are open to the public.
When Dennis Franchione’s team does make it out onto the field for the first time this week, there will be several things to watch.
For one, Texas State will showcase the up-tempo offense it worked on during spring practice. The Bobcats should look to ramp up the pace in practice with the benefit of the summer to condition players for the new offensive philosophy.
The biggest question mark entering fall practice revolves around the defensive line.
Texas State must make up for the loss of all four of its starters on the defensive front during the offseason, including D.J. Yendrey and Blake McColloch. The Bobcats added potential impact players in the offseason from the junior-college ranks to sure up the middle of their defensive line.
It will be interesting to see how quickly JUCO players Mershad Dillon and Dondre Elvoid get up to speed and adjust to new defensive coordinator John Thompson’s scheme.
The countdown to the season is nearing the home stretch as Texas State only has 27 days before its season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Aug. 30 inside Bobcat Stadium.
For updates on the Bobcats’ first day of fall practice, be sure to read Wednesday’s print edition of the Daily Record.