Bobcat offense shows improvement, injuries strike defense

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Texas State Football

Everett Withers can see his offense making improvements. 

Although Texas State only has two wins this year, the second-year head coach says his offense is starting to resemble what he always wanted to see the Bobcats offense look like when he took the job. 

“When you look at the stat sheet every week, there’s seven, eight guys running the ball, there’s seven, eight guys catching passes every week. That’s what we really want to be,” Withers said at his weekly Monday press conference. “Early, you can’t do that with a young offensive line trying to figure it out, trying to figure out who to block and they’re still trying to figure out who to block. But I think you almost have to grow them into that, and it’s different stages. 

“At the other place (James Madison), our guys figured it out after week four, they figured it out. This place, it’s going to take a little longer but I think our guys are starting to figure it out that that’s what we want to be in our offense.”

Texas State (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt) put up 563 yards and scored 35 points in its loss to New Mexico State on Saturday. The week before, in their 27-7 win over Coastal Carolina, the Bobcats recorded 507 total yards. 

Withers highlighted the performances of fifth-year senior quarterback Damian Williams, senior wide receiver Elijah King and junior wide receiver Tyler Watts against the Aggies. Williams threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, King caught 11 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Watts hauled in eight passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, while his only carry resulted in a 76 yard touchdown. 

“I thought we played pretty hard in the ballgame Saturday,” Withers said. “Obviously, we didn’t come up with the victory but I thought our guys battled. I can, I can see improvement in a lot of areas, especially offensively. We ran the ball better. I thought we threw the ball in our relief game better this past week. A number of guys ran the football. A number of guys caught the football. 

“One of the biggest emphasis coming out of the bye week was trying to find a way to get our big-play guys, guys that can make a play, the ball. I think our offensive staff is doing a good job of trying to get the ball spread around to those guys as much as possible.” 

Withers said offensively Texas State will have to protect the football and execute when it takes on Georgia State on Saturday at 3 p.m. inside Bobcat Stadium. 

Defensively, the Bobcats will have to overcome injuries. Withers said sophomore defensive end Dean Taylor and freshman defensive tackle Caeveon Patton will be sidelined with concussions. He added that Texas State will be without sophomore cornerback JaShon Waddy and will also likely miss sophomore cornerback Greg Peace II. 

“So, we’re at that point now where it’s all hands on deck for us because of our numbers,” Withers said. “When you start off and you only have 60-some-odd scholarships what you have to do is you have to make adjustments. So, we’re going to make some adjustments this week to try to get some guys in the right spot, move some guys around in the secondary and on our defensive line.”

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