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WAC 2012

Head coach name/number of years at position: Dennis Franchione – second season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Sonny Dykes, third season

Last bowl game appearance: N/A

Last bowl game appearance: 2011

Rival schools: UTSA

Rival schools: None

Number of returning offensive starters: 8

Number of returning offensive starters: 8

Number of returning defensive starters: 9

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Key offensive players/positions: RB – Marcus Curry TE – Chase Harper

Key offensive players/positions: WR – Quinton Patton WR – Myles White

Key defensive players/positions: CB – Darryl Morris LB – Joplo Bartu

Key defensive players/positions: DB – Chad Boyd Potential strengths: Receiving core, experience

Potential strengths: Running game Potential weaknesses: Quarterback consistency, secondary

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Shaun Rutherford, senior quarterback, is expected to start in this weekend’s game against the University of Houston.

Potential weaknesses: Defensive front

Head coach name/number of years at position: Gary Andersen, fourth season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Mike MacIntyre, third season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Robb Akey – sixth season

Last bowl game appearance: 2011

Last bowl game appearance: 2006

Last bowl game appearance: 2009

Rival schools: Utah

Rival schools: Stanford

Rival schools: None

Number of returning offensive starters: 8

Number of returning offensive starters: 7

Number of returning offensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 5

Number of returning defensive starters: 7

Key offensive players/positions: WR – Matt Austin RB – Kerwynn Williams

Key offensive players/positions: WR – Noel Grigsby TE – Ryan Otten

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Bobby Cowan CB – Aaron Grymes

Key defensive players/positions: LB – Bojay Filimoeatu SS – McKade Brady

Key defensive players/positions: DE – Travis Johnson

Key defensive players/positions: S – Gary Walker

Potential strengths: Veteran starting offense

Potential strengths: Returning stars Senior leadership in the secondary

Potential strengths: Passing games

Potential weaknesses: Defensive front

Potential weaknesses: Linebackers

Potential weaknesses: Defensive depth

CONFERENCE

OUTLOOK

Head coach name/number of years at position: DeWayne Walker, fourth season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Larry Coker, second season

Last bowl game appearance: 1960

Last bowl game appearance: N/A

Rival schools: New Mexico

Rival schools: Texas State

Number of returning offensive starters: 5

Number of returning offensive starters: 11

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 9

Key offensive players/positions: OT – Davonte Wallace RB – Robert Clay

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Eric Soza WR – Kam Jones

Key defensive players/positions: LB – Alexander Lavoy DE – Donte Savage

Key defensive players/positions: DT – Richard Burge LB – Steven Kurfehs

Potential strengths: Receiving core

Potential strengths: 20 returning starters, passing game

Potential weaknesses: Offensive line inexperience

Potential weaknesses: Depth, inexperience, still a developing program

In the wild and crazy world of NCAA conference realignment, no conference lost more teams than the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC did bring in new members Texas State, UTSA, UT-Arlington, Seattle and Denver. However, football schools Texas State and UTSA are leaving the conference following the 2012 season. On top of those issues, the WAC may not be able to participate as a football conference moving forward unless a merger with the Big Sky becomes a reality.


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First FBS game: Bobcats face off against Houston Cougars By Jordan Brewer Assistant Sports Editor The first test for Texas State’s football team as an FBS program will take place this Saturday when they take on the Houston Cougars in Robertson Stadium. Texas State is 3-1 historically against Houston. However, the Cougars beat the Bobcats 68-28 in their last meeting in 2010. “If someone has not told (Houston), they don’t know,” Coach Dennis Franchione said regarding the overall series record between Houston and Texas State. “I think if there’s any remembrance of games it is the one from two years ago. I think they scored a touchdown on every one of their first three plays. These kids don’t live in those days.” Last season’s offensive prowess was not a first for Houston. They have led the NCAA in offensive yards over the last six seasons, averaging over 7,000 yards a season and 42,560 yards over that span. The only wide receiver with starting experience in Houston’s four wide set, however, is senior Ronnie Williams. He played in all 14 games last season but has only one career start under his belt. Houston is also replacing its legendary former quarterback, Case Keenum. “They always have guys that can run,” said Jason Washington, Cornerbacks Coach . “We are ready for the challenge. Our guys are looking forward to prove to everybody in the conference that we are a pretty good secondary. Nothing bad about starting off with a big test and we will continue to go from there.” The Cougars will still feature many of last year’s talented offensive contributors. Their offensive line re-

mains intact as four of last year’s starters return, including their entire left side of the line. Jacolby Ashworth, starting left tackle, has started 29 career games. The returning leader in all-purpose yards, Charles Sims, lines up as a runningback but had a total of 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns. Of those yards, 575 came through the air on 51 receptions. Sims had 834 yards on 110 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Quarterback David Piland is taking over for departed starter Keenum, who threw for 5,631 yards, 48 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Piland has the responsibility of filling Keenum’s shoes but the sophomore signal-caller has had some experience under the helm when Keenum went down with injury in 2010. “We are going to try and play tight on (Piland’s) receivers, get some pressure on him from the defensive line and linebackers,” Morris said. “We know they are going to be prepared. (Piland) I’m sure will do fine. He’s a good quarterback and they have some good receivers back. Hopefully we can get after them.” As a true freshman, Piland filled in for Keenum and threw for 2,641 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in eight games. Piland redshirted last season but hopes to have the same caliber season he had in 2010, where he led Conference USA in passing yards. The quarterbacks for Texas State will come by the twos, as Shaun Rutherford is set to start, but Tyler Arndt is also expected to get his number called. Rutherford passed for 1,227 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rutherford took advantage of his speed in 2011 with just under 600 yards and three touchdowns. Tyler Arndt, in eight games, passed for 576 yards with three

Kathryn Parker, Staff Photographer

View of the Northside Complex from inside Bobcat Stadium.

The new football locker room at Bobcat Stadium.

The new Bobcat fan shop, located in the Northside Complex, allows students, alumni and fans to purchase gameday essentials.

Cushioned seating available for season ticket holders.

touchdowns and three interceptions. Both quarterbacks can add to the running game with their feet. A defensive player to watch for Houston is cornerback D.J. Hayden. The 2011 Conference USA Defensive Newcomer of the Year transferred to Houston from Navarro Junior College and finished with 66 tackles while picking off two passes. Tony Levine will take over the coaching reigns as the coaching staff gets a makeover after Houston’s previous coach Kevin Sumlin departed for Texas A&M. With the new staff, the Bobcats are preparing for multiple looks, especially in the defensive front of Houston. “They switched defensive sets from last season to this season,” said offensive tackle Thaddeus Watkins. “We have been working against multiple fronts and coverages to make sure we have covered everything. We are getting our technique down.” On the other side of things, the Bobcats are more comfortable in their second year under Dennis Franchione’s system. The players and coaches have expressed how this year it’s more about playing and reacting versus thinking and getting down the scheme. Franchione has preached paying attention to details over the first few weeks of the 2012 season. It’s an important concept when playing on the road, especially in front of a hostile crowd in Houston. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and Bobcat fans can turn to www. universitystar.com for postgame recaps and quotes, pregame and postgame podcast coverage and live tweets throughout the game from @txstcamirvine and @eddiebatyIII. Twitter: @jbrewer32


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DISTRICT 25-5A

RATTLERS LOOKING TO STRIKE

San Marcos Rattlers look to enhance team with new staff By Cameron Irvine Sports Editor

THIS SEASON

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The last few years have been rough on San Marcos Rattlers football. Pitted against some of the toughest competition in the state, the Rattlers have been unable to match top-tier 5-A talent. The last two years, San Marcos was paired with state champions, Steele High School. But with Steele out of the district and usual powerhouse Judson under a brand new coaching staff for the first time in over 30 years, the Rattlers see the opportunity to strike. “We have an explosive offense,” Cameron Kenney, offensive lineman, said. “Running backs are hitting the holes really well and wide receivers are catching

all the balls. We are looking really good.” San Marcos has a new coaching staff this year led by Mark Soto, who coached under icon Jim Rackley at Judson. When Rackley retired this year, Soto was left looking for a job and San Marcos became the destination for the upstart head coach. Already, Soto has settled in and the players love the new, winning attitude. “Everything is looking up and everything is going great,” Cory Brown, safety, said. “Ever since (the new coaches) got here, it’s been going great.” The Rattlers are 6-33 since making the playoffs in 2007 and still play in a tough district that includes Smithson Valley, New Braunfels and Judson. Judson travels to San Marcos on Oct. 26, Soto’s first

game against his old team, where he was an assistant for five years. CJ Moreno, junior linebacker, one of many leaders for the Rattlers, knows that the district will still be difficult to get through, and a playoff spot will still have to be earned, not given. “In this district, there is going to be a lot of competition,” Moreno said. “We will be looking to fight hard every game.” Moreno added that heart, strength and work ethic are the strengths of the Rattlers. attributes often characterized with the underdog, who is looking to get back to playoff football, something that used to be part of the Rattler norm. Notable San Marcos contests this season include big, tough tests with Dripping

Springs and Steele (both on the road) on Aug. 31 and Sep. 27, respectively. The toughest part of the district schedule for San Marcos comes early, when the Rattlers welcome Smithson Valley and Judson to town, while traveling to New Braunfels in the first three district contests. The Rattlers will continue to play in the newly expanded Bobcat Stadium for all home games this season. Other big district contests include a rivalry renewed with Smithson Valley and Judson on Oct. 19. Smithson Valley takes on New Braunfels on November 2. Both of the district-favorite Rangers toughest tasks come on the road. Twitter: @txstcamirvine

Head coach name/number of years at position: Mark Soto – first year If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2007 Number of returning offensive starters: 6 Number of returning defensive starters: 7

RB - Jonah Fabian

LB - CJ Moreno

Key offensive players/positions: OT - Cameron Kenney RB - Jonah Fabian RB - Collin Anderson Key defensive players/positions: LB – CJ Moreno CB – Nick Manrique S - Cory Brown Potential strengths: Offensive Line Simple schemes Potential weaknesses: Depth Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley This year’s overall goal/goals: To be better than last season

S - Cory Brown

OL - Cameron Kenney


25-5A CONTINUED

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Head coach name/number of years at position: Larry Hill – 19th season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Mark Smith – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Chuck Caniford – eighth year

If applicable, year of last playoff: 2011

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2011

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2011

Rival schools: Judson, New Braunfels

Rival schools: Wagner, Steele

Rival schools: Canyon

Number of returning offensive starters: 4

Number of returning offensive starters: 5

Number of returning offensive starters: 7

Number of returning defensive starters: 8

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 3

Key offensive players/positions: RB – Lawrence Mattison OL – Garrett Gunter

Key offensive players/positions: WR - Jermaine Adams, OL - Jonathan Baker OL - Gerardo Zacarias

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Weston King, TE – Alex Leslie WR – Caleb Marlar

Key defensive players/positions: LB – George Schwanenberg

Key defensive players/positions: S - Tre Flowers, S - Jarveon Williams OLB - Malik Pryor

Key defensive players/positions: DE – Zach Wright, OLB – Marshall Lewis DB – Kiki Montoya

Potential strengths: Team speed

Potential strengths: Quarterback Offensive line experience

Potential strengths: Running game Strong defense Potential weaknesses: Quarterback questions

Potential weaknesses: New systems

This year’s overall goal/goals: To be better than last season

Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley

Potential weaknesses: Linebackers Defensive backs

This year’s overall goal/goals: Win district and complete for a state title

Head coach name/number of years at position: Pete Gibbens – sixth season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Matt Elliot – third year

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2011

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2011

Rival schools: None Number of returning offensive starters: 5 Number of returning defensive starters: 5 Key offensive players/positions: WR – Xavier LaGrant, RB – Robert Gardner Key defensive players/positions: LB – Byron Mills, DE – Jayden Moore Potential strengths: Linebacker leadership Potential weaknesses: Quarterback play, secondary Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley This year’s overall goal/goals: To win playoff games

Rival schools: New Braunfels, Smithson Valley Number of returning offensive starters: 6 Number of returning defensive starters: 5 Key offensive players/positions: OT – Jacob Smith, C – Vinny Flores Key defensive players/positions: DE – Ernest Gonzales, S – Cody Wilson Potential strengths: Offensive Line Potential weaknesses: Depth, Defensive Line Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley This year’s overall goal/goals: Win district championship

Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley

DISTRICT OUTLOOK Steele, who has won this district two straight years, was realigned by the UIL this summer, opening the door for a new District 25-5A champion. Smithson Valley moves up from 4-A back to 5-A and is expected to win the district this year. Canyon’s red turf will make more headlines than the team will this year, and Judson is rebuilding with the loss of coach Jim Rackley.

DISTRICT 27 - 4A

Head coach name/number of years at position: Todd Raymond – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: David Jones – first year

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: N/A

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2011

Rival schools: Hays

Rival schools: Boerne-Champion, Alamo Heights

Number of returning offensive starters: 5 Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Austin Humphreys, Star Photo Editor

Casey Coffee alludes Kyle Lehman High School’s defense Aug. 24 during a scrimmage in Fischer.

Number of returning offensive starters: 5 Number of returning defensive starters: 4

Key offensive players/positions: RB – Paul Brown OL – Kenny Higgins

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Parks McNeil, WR – Tyler Ahrens OL – Madison Wilmot

Key defensive players/positions: DL – Kris Hernandez DB – Kyron Morrissette

Key defensive players/positions: DL – Jesse Hernandez, LB – Payeton Becker CB – Josh Appel

Potential strengths: Offensive and defensive lines

Potential strengths: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, linebackers, defensive Line

Potential weaknesses: Inexperience Team to beat in district: Kerrville Tivy This year’s overall goal/goals: To make the playoffs

Potential weaknesses: Secondary Austin Humphreys, Star Photo Editor

Fischer Canyon Lake High School, 3A, and Kyle Lehman High School, 4A, scrimmage Aug. 24 in Fischer. Both teams will start their respective seasons this weekend.

Team to beat in district: Alamo Heights and Hays This year’s overall goal/goals: Win a district championship


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Head coach name/number of years at position: Blake Feldt – second year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Mike Normant – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Danny Threadgill – fourth season

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2012

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2011

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2011

Rival schools: Lehman

Rival schools: Kerrville Tivy, Boerne-Champion

Rival schools: Kerrville Tivy, Alamo Heights

Number of returning offensive starters: 6

Number of returning offensive starters: 3

Number of returning offensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Caleb Kimbro, WR – Granger Studdard OL – Reed Darragh

Key offensive players/positions: WR – Cole Bailey, WR – Christen Diedenharn, OL – Daniel McCarty

Key offensive players/positions: QB - Kyle Poeske, OL - Kyle McKinney

Key defensive players/positions: DE – Kyle Cox

Key defensive players/positions: LB – Nicki Uretski, LB – Balek Klumpp DB – Kevin Kujawa, DB – Blake Rosenthal

Potential strengths: Senior leadership, Second year under new system Potential weaknesses: Depth Team to beat in district: Kerrville Tivy

Potential strengths: Defense, specifically linebackers, Receivers Potential weaknesses: Offensive/defensive lines Team to beat in district: Hays

Key defensive players/positions: DB - Jake Margozewitz, LB - Blake Webb Potential strengths: Skill positions on offense Potential weaknesses: Linebackers, secondary Team to beat in district: Hays, Kerrville Tivy, Alamo Heights This year’s overall goal/goals: Win district/go deep into the playoffs

This year’s overall goal/goals: Win district championship, deep playoff run

This year’s overall goal/goals: To make and have success in the playoffs

Head coach name/number of years at position: Jared Johnston – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Wayne Walker – third season

Head coach name/number of years at position: Paul Kirby – second year

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2009

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2006

If applicable, last playoff appearance: N/A

Rival schools: Everyone in district

Number of returning offensive starters: 4

Rival schools: Hays

Number of returning offensive starters: 2 Number of returning defensive starters: 3

Number of returning defensive starters: 4

Key offensive players/positions: QB – JJ Elkins, RB – Demarius Burton WR – Preston Bass

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Walker Franz, OL – Rivonte Chizer

Key defensive players/positions: S – Chase Forman, S – Zach Medina Potential strengths: Physicality, Speed Potential weaknesses: Lack of Experience Team to beat in district: Kerrville Tivy This year’s overall goal/goals: To make the playoffs and make a state championship run

Key defensive players/positions: OLB – Travis Pescetello, S – Ty Miles Potential strengths: Senior leadership on defense Potential weaknesses: Depth, inexperience offensively Team to beat in district: Kerrville Tivy This year’s overall goal/goals: Improvement, to be more competitive

Number of returning offensive starters: 7 Number of returning defensive starters: 3 Key offensive players/positions: FB – Levi Mair HB – Marcos Rodriguez Key defensive players/positions: DE – Curtis Dawkins DT – Seth Garcia Potential strengths: Offensive line, backfield, defensive line Potential weaknesses: Inexperienced secondary Team to beat in district: Kerrville Tivy This year’s overall goal/goals: To make the playoffs


If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2012 Rival schools: Liberty Hills, Dripping Springs Number of returning offensive starters: 3 Number of returning defensive starters: 7 Key offensive players/positions: QB – Reed Jones RB – Kolby Kelley RB – Cameron Morris Key defensive players/positions: DE – Conner Kothmann DT – Jackson King ILB – Alden Mann Potential strengths: Offensive line Simple schemes Potential weaknesses: Depth Team to beat in district: Smithson Valley

THIS SEASON

Head coach name/number of years at position: Weldon Nelms – 15th year

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DISTRICT 27 - 3A

This year’s overall goal/goals: To be better than last season

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ILB - Alden Mann

QB - Reed Jones

DT - Jackson King

RB - Kolby Kelley

Head coach name/number of years at position: Charley Drum – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Mike Dormady – first year

Head coach name/number of years at position: Les Goad – sixth year

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2010

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2011

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2012

Rival schools: None

Rival schools: Wagner, Steele

Number of returning offensive starters: 5

Number of returning offensive starters: 5

Number of returning defensive starters 6

Number of returning defensive starters: 3

Key offensive players/positions: QB – Branson Belcher RB – Eduardo Covarrubias

Key offensive players/positions: WR – Luke Baird OL – Daren Satsky

Key defensive players/positions: DL – TJ Gregory

Key defensive players/positions: LB – Paul Burns LB – Bryce Collins

Potential strengths: Running back core, linebackers Potential weaknesses: Depth Team to beat in district: Wimberley This year’s overall goal/goals: To make the playoffs

Potential strengths: Depth at skill positions

Potential strengths: Offensive backfield and Defensive line Potential weaknesses: Depth Team to beat in district: Wimberley

Key defensive players/positions: LB – Evan Deleon FS – Jay Leal Potential strengths: Unity Senior leadership Depth

Team to beat in district: Wimberley

This year’s overall goal/goals: Get back, win in the playoffs

This year’s overall goal/goals: Make the playoffs

If applicable, last playoff appearance: 2009

Key defensive players/positions: DE – Jacob Dittmar DB – Seth Studebaker S – Brayden Beard

Key offensive players/positions: RB – Lj Anderson OL – Nick Terry C – Brian Bormann

Team to beat in district: Wimberley

If applicable, year of last playoff appearance: 2007

Key offensive players/positions: RB – Paco Martinez WR – Cole Reynolds OL – Cullen Eckert

Number of returning defensive starters: 6

Potential weaknesses: Young OL Adapting to the new defensive system

Head coach name/number of years at position: Larry Prince – sixth season

Number of returning defensive starters: 8

Number of returning offensive starters: 5

Potential weaknesses: Experience, development of linemen

Head coach name/number of years at position: Lance Moffett – second year

Number of returning offensive starters: 6

Rival schools: Marion, Wimberley

Rival schools: Wimberley, Devine Number of returning offensive starters: 5

DISTRICT OUTLOOK

Number of returning defensive starters: 5 Key offensive players/positions: QB – Michael Miller RB – Fabian Muniz WR – Cullen McGuire Key defensive players/positions: DE – Aaron Shackelford LB – Ishmael MacNeil FS – Caleb Beauchamp Potential strengths: Quarterback play Potential weaknesses: Inexperience Team to beat in district: Wimberley This year’s overall goal/goals: Improve Make the playoffs

Wimberley will be confident following their 3-A, Division II state championship run and are poised to do it again in 2012. Wimberley’s biggest threats are Canyon Lake and Boerne, but they should have an easier time than other area schools in their respective districts.


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