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Texas State G/T Adrian Bellard indicated that he "talked to [the Texans] a lot" during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practice week.

"Hopefully, there's something there," Bellard said. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder feels like his best showcase for the NFL came against Florida State in September. While the Seminoles won that contest 59-16, it provided Bellard a valuable opportunity to play against high-level competition. "I accepted the challenge. I knew I would have to have a big game to put myself on the map. Being from a smaller school," he said, "I knew I had to play the best I could. I did good and it helped my confidence." He did not surrender a sack during the 2015 campaign. Last summer, NFL Media's Chad Reuter was impressed by the mobility that comes with Bellard's big frame.
Apr 19 - 6:31 PM

The East-West Shrine Game added Texas State CB David Mims II to the roster.

Mims II was the Sun Belt’s preseason defensive player of the year after posting five interceptions in 2014. The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder regressed badly, failing to record any picks before ultimately being left off all All-Sun Belt Conference teams. He wasn't even an honorable mention. All of that sounds bad -- and, okay, it really is -- but Mims is going to get an NFL look anyway because he had one great collegiate season and he has NFL bloodlines. Mims' father briefly played WR for the Falcons.
Jan 15 - 7:52 PM

Texas State senior G/T Adrian Bellard has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Bellard will have a chance to strut his stuff against other invites on January 23. The 6-foot-5, 345-pound senior's strength comes in blocking for the run. He was a four-star recruit out of high school and played in 11 games as a true freshman. This past season, he earned a spot on the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter over the summer, Bellard has "surprising mobility given his build."
Jan 3 - 8:12 PM

Texas State HC Dennis Franchione will retire, reports FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Franchione went 39-43 at Texas State, where he ushered the school from the FCS to the FBS. The Bobcats regressed to 3-9 this year, so this announcement was not unexpected. Coach Fran's long career as a head coach included stops at Pittsburgh State, New Mexico, TCU, Alabama, and Texas A&M.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 03:33:00 PM

Texas State senior G/T Adrian Bellard "has thick legs, powerful arms and surprising mobility given his build," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He's a force in the run game who could potentially move inside in the NFL, but should be given the opportunity to prove himself at right tackle to see if he's athletic enough to handle that job," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bellard was a second-team All-Sun Belt pick last season.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Texas State senior CB David Mims II "has the movement and ball skills to join his backfield partner last year, Craig Mager, as a third-round pick," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"With Mager in the NFL, Mims might not be challenged as often in 2015 -- but if he shuts down top receivers and makes plays when given the chance, he'll open scouts' eyes," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Mims' father briefly played receiver for the Falcons. He recorded five interceptions and three breakups last year.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 01:26:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 2, 2015 03:21:00 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.
Fri, May 1, 2015 10:44:00 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
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 05:38:00 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
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 02:12:00 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


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