Withers confirms dismissal of four players for violation of team rules

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Football

Texas State head coach Everett Withers announced the dismissal of senior safety Quinn Tiggs, sophomore wide receiver Thurman Morbley, sophomore cornerback Jordan Eastling and sophomore running back Tyler Tutt for violation of team rules at his weekly Monday press conference.

Withers didn’t disclose the specifics for each dismissal, rather he said it was because of breaking team rules and University policy. Withers confirmed he has a three-strike policy, “That’s the policy, yes,” Withers said.

When asked if the decision to dismiss the four players went back to cleaning the program’s culture, Withers said it’s always a process when addressing the team’s culture.

“You have to work on culture every day,” Withers said. “Culture is like brushing your teeth and shaving and all that, if you don’t do it for a while, you become a bum and you have a bum program if you don’t take care of it every day. So, we talk about culture every day around here.”

Tiggs, a senior from Tupelo, Mississippi, transferred to Texas State from Itawamba Community College. He made three starts and recorded 40 tackles and five pass breakups during his first season as a Bobcat in 2016.

Morbley only played in four games this season because of injury and the suspension. The sophomore from Texarkana had recorded 14 receptions for 192 yards. Morbley had a successful freshman campaign, where he hauled in 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

Tutt didn’t touch the field this season. He suffered an ACL injury in 2016 after playing in five games.

Eastling, a sophomore from Decatur, Georgia, only played in two games during his sophomore campaign this year. During the 2016 season, he played in all 12 games and started in three, where he amassed 24 total tackles.

Withers discusses Arkansas State

Withers also said that Arkansas State provides another tough challenge this week. But the Bobcats welcome the opportunity to play a top Sun Belt opponent Saturday at 2 p.m. in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

“Really good opponent this week,” Withers said. “Really good up front on defense. Top-scoring offense in our league right now. Really good quarterback (Justice Hansen), talented running back (Warren Wand), good receivers. I think they’ve had some guys in their offensive line get nicked up a little bit. But talented skill guys. Defensively, as good a pass rush team as there is in college football to be honest with you … Mike linebacker (Kyle) Wilson is really, really talented, and good aggression outside at corner and at safety.”

The Red Wolves possess the No. 11 passing offense in the country averaging 320.3 yards per game. Withers said getting a better pass rush will help the Bobcat secondary defend Arkansas State’s potent passing game. 

“The pass rush got really uneven this past week,” Withers said. “We let the quarterback out a few times this week and then we didn’t do a good job of rushing the passer this week, and maybe that’s because we got a bunch of new guys in there playing new positions. So, helping our secondary by rushing the passer with an even pass rush will help us, and then doing a better job, I think we had four blown assignments in the secondary. When you blow an assignment against good passing teams, they find them. They’re usually big plays.” 

Waddy plays through injury

Withers said his team made it out of Saturday’s game against Georgia State relatively healthy. He said the team didn’t suffer any new injuries. 

Withers also said that sophomore cornerback JaShon Waddy “is playing with one arm basically,” but added that he’s playing hard. 

“You talk about a guy that’s all year long had his shoulder, he’s been in a harness all year long,” Withers said. “He hadn’t been able to lift his arm above his head all year long. I talked to him after the New Mexico State game, at some point I was talking about shutting him down for the rest of the year and he wasn’t having it. So, he came out to practice on Tuesday in a red shirt and said, ‘I’m playing.’ So, hats off to JaShon Waddy.”

San Marcos Daily Record

(512) 392-2458
P.O. Box 1109, San Marcos, TX 78666