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The San Marcos Daily Record's Ishmael Johnson reports that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Damian Williams has transferred to Texas State.

Nick Fitzgerald has done a swell job of scaring off his potential competition via a brilliant second half of the 2016 season. Earlier this month, Bulldogs' QB Nick Tiano transferred to Chattanooga. Now, it is the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Williams who is opting for more open pastures. He will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 as a graduate transfer. In three games this season, Williams completed 31-of-46 passes for 272 yards, tossing two touchdowns (no interceptions) in that space. The former three-star recruit also managed 99 yards rushing.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 06:00:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Damian Williams took over for Nick Fitzgerald after three throws in the school's loss to South Alabama.

Williams completed 20 of 28 attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown. He was also the team's leading rusher 93 yards. The Bulldogs have a lot of work to do on offense after opening the game up 17-0, then fading down the stretch. Dak Prescott left huge shoes to fill.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:25:00 PM

Texas State hired Sam Houston State secondary coach Troy Douglas to serve as linebackers coach.

Tip of the cap to the San Marcos Daily Record's Joe Vozzelli for this one. Earlier in the week, associate head coach John Wiley stepped aside for family reasons, leaving a vacancy on staff. Douglas won't fill that associate head coach's role, but instead will work with the linebacking corp. He and HC Everett Withers have a previous connection, as both served on North Carolina's staff from 2009-2011.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 01:46:00 PM

Texas State dismissed redshirt sophomore WR Demun Mercer, redshirt junior WR Brice Gunter and freshman WR Justin Gamble.

No specific reason was given for the dismissals, but they were initially suspended in May. "It is always unfortunate to have young people not meet the standards you set for a team with a new culture," HC Everett Withers said. Mercer and Gamble were likely starters for 2016. The former was the team's fifth-leading receiver last season, catching 19 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdown. The Bobcat roster instantly becomes ultra-thin at receiver. They don't currently have a player on roster who has caught a pass at the Division I level.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal says Texas State senior QB Tyler Jones "has the tools of a draftable quarterback."

To show them, he'll need to win the starting job. In 2014, Jones' coming out party included 3,209 yards of total offense with 22/7 TD/INT ratio and six rushing touchdowns. Last year started off about the same, but he face-planted down the stretch and finished with a poor 14/10 TD/INT rate on 3,100 total yards and 10 rushing scores. The Bobcats have a new coaching staff and plucked up Missouri grad QB Eddie Printz -- a pro-style pocket passer -- on the transfer market. Jones and Printz have contrasting games. This competition will spread deep into the summer.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 09:05:00 PM

Missouri senior QB Eddie Printz transferred to Texas State as a graduate.

He's eligible to play immediately. The Bobcats are not a good fit as far as football goes, because Tyler Jones is one of the best quarterbacks in the Sun Belt. Printz chose Texas State over Hawaii, Troy and Mercer. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was the No. 32 pro-style quarterback in the country coming out of high school in 2013. He appeared in 11 games as a backup the past two years.
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 07:18:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 06:31:00 PM

Missouri graduate QB Eddie Printz will transfer.

Printz is that rare grad transfer who retains two years of eligibility, which may make him attractive on the grad transfer free agent circuit. Printz was the No. 32 pro-style quarterback in the country coming out of high school in 2013. He chose the Tigers over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and UCLA, among others. Right now, with Maty Mauk suspended, Mizzou has only Marvin Zanders behind starting quarterback Drew Lock on the depth chart among scholarship players.
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 08:20:00 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.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 07:52:00 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."
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 08:12:00 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


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