Texas State returns from bye week rested, prepared

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Texas State Football

Texas State benefited from its bye week as it heads into this weekend’s game against Coastal Carolina. 

The Bobcats (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) had an opportunity to rest and also got ahead in game-week preparations. With Texas State facing Coastal Carolina’s triple-option offense, the Bobcats took advantage of the week off. 

“Anytime you play option football, you need that extra time,” head coach Everett Withers said at his weekly Monday press conference. “You take that time sometimes in the spring, sometimes in the summer during camp, the thing that was really unique to us was to have this break between playing Thursday night and a bye week and playing your next opponents, so we were able to use that last week and get two or three days. We’ve actually gotten three days ahead on them as far as schematics in the run game especially. But yeah it does help to have that time.”

Alongside the additional time to prepare for Saturday’s game, Withers said the bye week helped his younger players rest. 

“You go seven or eight weeks, straight weeks, five weeks of training camp and you go right in and play seven or eight games in a row, I think that’s a lot for young kids,” Withers said. “They hit the wall at some point in time with academics and school and study hall and oh by the way go win your conference games too. I think it was good for those guys.” 

When looking ahead at the Chanticleers (1-6, 0-4), Withers said they resemble the Bobcats as they look to improve as the season progresses. 

“They had a really, really good game, you watch the tape, they played really well against Appalachian State (on Saturday),” Withers said. “Made some big plays in the pass game, which is kind of unusual for a triple-option team but App made some mistakes I think back in coverage - missed some tackles. They threw for 336 yards. So, they have, I think, one of the unique offenses in our league. I think they do a good job defensively. They’re an even front team … They play a lot of quarters coverage. Some three-deep coverage. But when you look at them, you kind of see a young team trying to find its way and I keep saying it, I’ve said this a couple weeks, but this one for sure looks like a team a lot like us trying to find a way to get better.”

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Withers said he expects to have sophomore linebacker Kumonde Hines and senior wide receiver Eric Luna available against Coastal Carolina. Freshman quarterback Willie Jones III, who strained his hip flexor against Louisiana on Oct. 12, returned to practice on Sunday. 

“We had an opportunity to obviously have some time off and get a couple guys at least in position where they could help us this week,” Withers said. “Feel like we’ll have maybe Kumonde Hines available this week that’s the plan. We’re hoping to have him up and ready to go. Also, hopefully we’ll have Eric Luna up and ready to go. He’s had a few weeks off and trying to get him well and it looks like we’re going to be able to have him available. So, those two guys for sure.”

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