By Caleb-Ryan Davis
After week one’s 65-0 win over University of Arkansas Pine Bluff the Bobcats prepare to face off against one of it’s most capable opponents since joining the division one tier: the United States Naval Academy’s Navy Midshipmen will enter Bobcat Stadium with a 1-1 record this season, following a 31-24 defeat over Temple in week two of the collegiate football circuit.
Navy not only brings big game experience to Jim Wacker Field, but big talent on both sides of the ball. Most notably on the Midshipmen roster is quarterback Keenan Reynolds who rushed for 173 of the 487 yards in last week’s run-heavy game.
Reynolds was able to only complete four of the eight passes for 30 yards, but the triple-option offense allowed him to grab two touchdowns before exiting in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury. After his late game injury, he didn’t practice all week, so the Bobcat defense that racked up the best numbers the school has seen since the division one birth will likely face backup quarterback Tago Smith.
The Texas State defense will have it’s hands full September 13 as Navy comes off a game in which it posted it’s eleventh most rushing yards in school history. However, the midshipmen have been held to under 50 yards passing in each of the last five games. In Texas State’s game against UAPB coach John Thompson’s defense allowed just 212 yards and recorded three sacks.
The Bobcats, who are 12-7 in the last 19 home games, are preparing for a sellout crowd this weekend. Starting quarterback Tyler Jones, who is coming off of a career high game with 278 yards, was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week after the Arkansas Pine Bluff game.
Texas State looked good (some would even say really good) against UAPB last weekend, but Navy will be the first real test for the Bobcats. They’re a team that is notably stacked on the line and features a running game that the Bobcats having seen the liking of since becoming a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats will have a chance to turn heads during its kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
Following The Beat
-“Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds sat out his third straight practice today. Backup sophomore Tago Smith took all first team snaps,” Brent Thibodeaux said
-Defense prepared all week to play against either quarterback so it shouldn’t matter which starter the Bobcats face
-San Marcos Daily Record reporter Joe Vozelli reports that quarterback Reynolds told reporters on Saturday that he expected to play against the Bobcats this week, but Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo described the situation as someone “we are going to take our time with this week”
-The Bobcats were featured as number one in the FBS in points scored and points against after their tremendous first game against UAPB
Keys To The Game
-Let Tyler Jones be Tyler Jones
-Get the ball to Jafus Gaines, and let Jafus Gaines be Jafus Gaines
-Watch for the triple option offense
-Stay mentally in the game. If the defense keeps it close the offense could provide an upset