Bobcats enter bye week at right time

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Texas State Football

An hour before Texas State’s practice Monday, head coach Everett Withers showed his team sophomore defensive end Jordan Mittie’s highlights.

Mittie displays uncommon commitment, Withers said during his weekly Monday press conference, and the second-year head coach wants guys to see how Mittie plays. Withers said Mittie isn’t the most talented guy on the team but it’s his effort on every play that has caught his attention. 

“The effort that he shows it’s crazy,” Withers said. “I told our team, I’ve had three pro scouts call me and ask me about him, and they have no idea who he is. They don’t know who he is but they just watched tape and they go, ‘Who is that guy? He plays hard,’ and I say, ‘He’s a guy that transferred here from the Naval Academy and he was a linebacker at 235 pounds. We asked him to put on 40 pounds, 50 pounds and he said yes sir. His dad is the head women’s college coach at Kansas State basketball.’ 

“It’s neat to see guys. I told our defense, I said, ‘I watch him when our defense is on the field. I don’t watch anybody else.’ I apologize to Gabe Loyd, Brian London. I said, ‘I don’t watch you guys. I watch Jordan Mittie. I watch him play hard because he plays hard every snap.’”

Withers added that Mittie epitomizes the type of player he wants in his program. 

“We’re not going to beat Texas on five-star kids,” Withers said “We’re not going to beat (Texas) A&M on five-star or four-star kids, so let’s go try to get two and three-star kids that play really hard and that’s what I challenge our coaches to go find guys like (Mittie) that we can say, ‘Okay, he needs to be 30 pounds big in the year after redshirting if possible.’”

As Texas State (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) enters its bye week, Withers wants to give Mittie and the team rest, but he also wants to prepare them for the final five-game stretch of the season. 

“This bye week gives us a chance to get better and look at some of the guys that don’t play as much and see where they can help us in the future,” Withers said. “These snaps that they get this week are kind of the prelim for them for spring ball that’s the way I look at it and hopefully those guys will get better and be able to help us down the road as we move forward.”

Withers jokingly quipped that the bye week comes a week too late, but really he’s glad the break in the season has arrived. 

“It’s a good time for us,” Withers said. “We needed it. I still go back and as you get into the bye week, you start looking at numbers. We still only have 68 scholarship players. We won’t have 74 until after next year’s signing class, and we’ll still be 11 down on the 85 we need to have. So, we got to take care of them as much as we can because we don’t have the bodies to go play. We’ve got an outside linebacker playing defensive end for us right now. 

“But I am proud of the kids and their effort. We’re getting about every bit we can get out of them. Hopefully, we can get better in three or four days of practice this week and give them some time off and get ready for a five-game stretch.”

Injury Report

Following Texas State’s loss to Louisiana, junior tight end Elijah Rogers suffered a slight AC sprain, and freshman quarterback Willie Jones III was diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. Rogers and Jones are expected to practice this week. 

Sophomore outside linebacker Ku’Monde Hines who dislocated his right elbow against ULM on Oct. 7 could return to practice next Monday. 

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