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Location: San Marcos, Texas|
President: Dr. Denise M. Trauth
FAR: Dr. Paul Gowens
AD: Dr. Larry Teis
SWA: Tracy Shoemake
Colors: Maroon & Gold
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Where is San Marcos, Texas?
The city is located on Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. The population was 44,894 in 2010. San Marcos is part of the Greater Austin metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 1.8 million in 2012. Founded on the banks of the San Marcos River, the area is considered to be among the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Northern Hemisphere.
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About the football program
Texas State begins its first season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats made the transition to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) status last season and played in the Western Athletic Conference, but is joining the Sun Belt on July 1. Texas State captured its first-ever game on the FBS level when they won at former C-USA member Houston 30-13 and finished its first season at this level at 4-8.
Head Coach Dennis Franchione|
Texas State is coached by Dennis Franchione, who also helmed the programs at TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M. This is his second stint as head coach with the Bobcats, as he was their head coach in 1990-1991. Franchione enters his 28th season as a collegiate head coach with a 197-115-2 career record and a 23-23 record at Texas State. His career win total rank him as one of the top five active winningest NCAA Division I FBS coaches in terms of total victories. He has coached nine conference championships and one divisional title, and he is a two-time National Coach of the Year, a two-time finalist for Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award in 2000 and 2002, and been named a conference or regional Coach of the Year 10 times. His teams played in nine bowl games, four NAIA playoff games and one NCAA Division II playoff contest. His record also includes four 11-win seasons, six 10-win campaigns, eight 9-win seasons and a 45-game regular season winning streak.
Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium (Capacity - 30,000) Bobcat Stadium was built in 1981 and is the home of Bobcat Football. With recent additions including the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields West Side Complex and the North Side Complex, Bobcat Stadium has elevated to one of the best 30,000 seat stadiums in the country. Originally called Bobcat Stadium, the facility's name was changed to Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium in 2002 to honor Texas State's former football coach and director of athletics. In its history, Bobcat Stadium has been a multi-use facility. It has been the home of the Texas Special Olympics, and site of scenes from the movie, "The Ringer", and the hit NBC TV show, "Friday Night Lights".
Lyndon B. Johnson, former President of the United States, George Strait, Grammy Award-winning American country music singer; Powers Boothe, actor; Jerry Fields, J.D. Fields & Co. founder, chairman and chief executive officer; T. Paul Bulmahn, ATP Oil & Gas Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Something You May Not Know about Texas State
Originally sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, the Soap Box Derby has been held each year at Texas State since 1967. Said Texas State IFC advisor Dr. Billy J. Hinton, IFC advisor, of the first event: "The derby attracted more students than any single activity on campus this semester."
The event is now an annual favorite during homecoming week and sponsored by the Order of Omega. Registered student organizations build homemade cars and race them against each other on Bobcat Trail. Cars are launched from a large ramp at the top of the hill and stopped by gravity, brakes or, as a last resort, safety hay bales.
|Breakdown of the Bobcats|
Players to Watch
WR - 5-11 - 200
Had 26 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns while playing in eight games in 2012... registered single-game career bests of seven catches for 119 yards and a touchdown at UTSA ... previous career-best was six catches for 140 yards against Stephen F. Austin earlier last season ... set a school record with a 98-yard reception against SFA ... began 2012 with five receptions for 75 yards at Houston ... played in 12 games and made nine starts in 2011 ... registered 27 catches for 368 yards ... returned 20 kickoff s for 476 yards and a touchdown ... recorded the second-longest kickoff in school history with a 93-yard return against Prairie View A&M in 2011.
WR - 5-10 - 180
Earned honorable mention All-WAC honors after leading the Bobcats with 39 catches for 482 yards and three touchdowns ... ranked third nationally in punt returns with a 16.7 average after returning 17 for 284 yards ... recorded season bests of eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown against Nevada ... also caught eight passes for 100 yards and a TD at New Mexico ... had three receptions for 48 yards and touchdown against Idaho ... averaged 11.1 yards on 18 punt returns in 2011 ... also caught four passes for 35 yards as a sophomore after transferring from Rice.
DB - 5-11 - 191
Two-year starter at cornerback ... earned Honorable Mention All-WAC honors as a sophomore... enters the 2013 campaign with 24 consecutive starts ... has five career interceptions after recording four in 2012 ... his four interceptions ranked 33rd nationally and tied for fourth among WAC leaders ... also finished the 2012 season ranked fourth among WAC leaders in passes defended with 12 (four interceptions, 8 pass breakups ) ... ranked fifth among Texas State team leaders with 48 tackles in 2012 ... set school record for longest punt return in a game with a 79-yard return for a touchdown against New Mexico State... tied another school record as a freshman when he broke up 12 passes ... recorded 51 tackles as a freshman, including 38 unassisted stops.
DT - 6-3 - 260
Transfer from TCU who is expected to step in as a starting defensive tackle ... two-time honorable mention All-Mountain West selection ... played in 39 games and made 17 starts ... recorded 70 tackles, including 29 unassisted stops ... ranked ninth among team leaders with 39 tackles in 2011 ... has 8.0 quarterback sacks in his career to go along with 13.5 tackle for losses ... had three quarterback sacks in both 2010 and 2011 ... recovered three fumbles, including two in 2011.