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Panthers selected Texas State ILB David Mayo with the No. 169 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, Mayo (6'1/235) ranked second in the entire country with 154 tackles. Mayo posted a 4.74 40 at his Pro Day, and managed 24 reps on the bench to go along with a 34.5-inch vertical. Mayo will have to earn his keep on special teams, but could eventually play himself into a role on defense.
May 2 - 3:21 PM

Chargers selected Texas State CB Craig Mager with the No. 83 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mager (6'0/201) made 48 starts for TSU, recording eight career INTs and leading the Sun Belt Conference in pass breakups (13) as a senior. A supremely gifted athlete, Mager blazed 4.44 at the Combine with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. An aggressive tackler with explosion in his legs, Sager is an intriguing project with starting-caliber size and movement ability. Some NFL scouts pegged him as a safety during the pre-draft phase, though the Chargers announced Mager as a corner.
May 1 - 10:44 PM

An NFC West area scout said he appreciates Texas State redshirt senior DB Craig Mager's game even more after seeing him in person.

"I saw the Texas State cornerback on tape a little bit before I came, but I like him even more now that I've seen him live," the scout said after observing Mager at East-West Shrine Game practices. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Mager "was solid throughout the week and helped himself," noted NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. From all accounts, Mager arrived at the event with a UDFA grade. He very well may have worked his way into Day 3. Mager has mid-4.5 forty speed.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 5:38 PM

Texas State redshirt senior DB Craig Mager "has been one of the more impressive defensive prospects through two practices on the East team," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

"Texas State defensive back Craig Mager has been one of the more impressive defensive prospects through two practices on the East team. He has very good read/react quickness to see the play develop and drive on the ball to arrive simultaneously," Brugler wrote. Scouts saw Mager as an UDFA before he arrived, perhaps he's changing scouts minds day-by-day. Brugler notes that Mager "received praise from the coaches for his effort and intelligence on specials teams, which will likely be his initial role in the NFL."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 13 - 2:12 PM

Texas State redshirt senior DB Craig Mager accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Mager is expected to run in the mid 4.5s when he runs in front of scouts. Scouts give him a UDFA grade for now, but he'll head to the Shrine Game looking to improve upon that projection.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Texas State redshirt senior LB Mike Orakpo will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL.

Former Longhorn Brian Orakpo's little brother suffered the injury in last weekend’s loss to Navy. TSU head coach Dennis Franchione described it as "not a pretty sight to see." Michael Orakpo's collegiate career is now over, as he won't be eligible to apply for a sixth season of eligibility. It'll be interesting to see if he garners interest in the draft, as Orakpo is an underperforming freak of an athlete. At 230-plus pounds, he benches 565 pounds, has a vertical of 41.5 inches, and runs a low 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Texas State Senior LB Mike Orakpo's freakish abilities are "almost unheard of," according to Fox Sports' columnist Bruce Feldman.

"For a 233-pound guy to bench 565 is amazing. For him to do that and also be able to vertical 41.5 inches and clock a low 4.5 40 is almost unheard of," Feldman wrote. The freakish abilities run in the family, as Orakpo, like his older brother Brian (All-Freak 2008 Team), have both made Feldmans' All-Freak Teams now. Texas State defensive coordinator John Thompson notes that Orakpo's rare combination of strength and agility remind him of Alabama great Derrick Thomas(Thompson happened to be Thomas' LB coach when he coached for the Crimson Tide.)
Source: Fox Sports
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Texas State DT David "D.J." Yendrey ran a 4.85 second forty against the wind and 4.79 with the wind at Texas State’s pro day Wednesday.

The undersized 6-foot-2 3/4, 274-pounder was not at the combine, so this was his first chance to impress scouts. Eighteen teams showed as Yendrey logged a 33-inch vertical, a 9-4 broad jump, a 4.44 second short shuttle, a 7.14 second three-cone and 29 reps on the bench. Yendrey transferred over from TCU after a drug bust that involved multiple members of the Horned Frogs football program.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 03:47:00 PM

One NFL scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler to keep an eye on Texas State senior DT D.J. Yendrey.

Specifically, the scout said to file the name in your brain. Yendrey is a former TCU prospect but was a part of the drug bust that involved multiple members of the Horned Frogs football program. He is a bit thin for an interior spot, but keep Yendrey in mind throughout the draft season.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Junior LB Mike Orakpo, brother of Brian, is transferring to Baylor after being dismissed from the Colorado State football team.

Orakpo was one of three players dismissed after being charged with disorderly conduct in April following an off-campus brawl. The 6'0/225 pound linebacker played in all 24 games and started 11 as a freshman and sophomore after greyshirting his first season due to the lack of school scholarships. In that span, Orakpo recorded 124 tackles and two sacks. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2012 season due to transfer requirements.
Source: Coloradoan
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 02:11:00 PM

Tyler Arndt made his case for being the Bobcats' starting quarterback with a nice spring game.

Arndt and Shaun Rutherford have gone back and forth as the Bobcats’ starting quarterback the past couple seasons. With Rutherford (knee) injured for the spring game, Arndt had an opportunity to shine – and he did. Former TCU and Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione, in his second year with the San Marcos-based school, considers both quarterbacks to be starters. In other words, fall practice will determine who opens the season as the No. 1. Arndt, who will be a junior, was limited most of last season due a knee injury. He has thrown for 1,940 yards and 12/10 in 15 career games with Texas State. After a transitional 2011, Texas State will be a full-fledged FBS member in 2012 and play in the WAC.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 01:19:00 PM


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