Texas State quickly turning focus to Ragin’ Cajuns

Texas State Football

Texas State is quickly turning the page after Saturday’s 45-27 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. 

With a Thursday night game against Louisiana, the Bobcats are forced to quickly move their focus to the Ragin’ Cajuns. But head coach Everett Withers said missed assignments from older players were a reason Texas State lost Saturday. Withers didn’t have an answer when asked why older players made uncharacteristic mistakes, but said he needs to see improvement. 

“We’ve got some older guys that have to play better,” Withers said. “I see growth out of our young guys. Some of our older guys, they’ve got to play better, or they’re going to be over there with me and the young guy’s going to be playing for them.”

During his Monday’s weekly press conference, Withers had praise for young guys like sophomore Jordan Mittie, who he said has played consistently well. Freshman defensive tackle Caeveon Patton, who will make his first start against Louisiana after progressing well this season. Freshman center Reece Jordan, who made his first start against ULM and graded out as the best lineman after the game. 

With young players having good performances, Withers is learning this season that Texas State has “ great young kids and I don’t want to stunt their growth.”

“What I mean by ‘stunt growth’ is don’t put too much on their plate where they can’t be effective or where they can’t just go play,” Withers said. “If they get beat physically then we need an offseason with them to go get bigger and stronger. But let’s don’t stunt their growth by putting too much on them now and them not being able to perform out there. We can evaluate whether they’re big enough or strong enough. We don’t want to put too much on them where they can’t go out and play fast.” 

But Withers knows the Ragin’ Cajuns will provide a tough challenge. 

“We’re playing a real talented opponent on a short week,” Withers said. “(Louisiana) did a good job, I just finished watching all the games in the breakdown. They played a really physical game against Idaho, and came out with a victory. I’m sure that’s always a tough place to play. Got big physical linemen up front, so this will be real challenge for us with the physicality in the offense and defensive lines. 

“I think (Andre) Nunez, I think they found a quarterback in Nunez … They’ve got some skill wide receivers - four of them - and a couple of defensive backs that are really, really talented. So, it’s going to be a challenge for us. But I told the kids down there in the team meeting, I said, ‘One thing about playing on Thursday night is you got to lock in and focus now. It can’t be well I’ll get it on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Well, Thursday, you’re playing. So, we got to lock in now.’”

Injury News

Sophomore outside linebacker Kumonde Hines dislocated his right elbow during Texas State’s loss to ULM. He is out indefinitely. 

Senior defensive end Jeff Banks is still having concussion symptoms. The Bobcats are down to their third defensive end. 

“We’ll have to make some adjustments there on a short week,” Withers said. 

Junior wide receiver Mason Hays had a second surgery Monday morning on his ankle. Ishmael Davis had ACL surgery Friday.

Sophomore cornerback JaShon Waddy missed Saturday’s game but Withers hopes to have him back against the Ragin’ Cajuns. 

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