By Andrew Zimmel
Last Saturday, the Texas State Football team elected their captains for the 2017-2018 season. Among the players chosen were Seniors Linebackers Gabe Loyd and Easy Anyama, Tight End Gabe Schrade along with Sophomore Linebacker Bryan London II. A heavy emphasis on the defensive side of the ball coming from a defensive first minded coach in Head Coach Everett Withers. “Those four players are guy that I know our team looks up to” Withers was quoted saying, “They are leader on our team and guys who do a great job of trying to compete both on and off the field.”
Loyd and Schrade were elected team captains for the second straight season. Last season, Loyd started all 12 games for the Bobcats and tied for sixth place among Sun Belt leaders with over 100 tackles and almost 60 solo stops. On the offensive side of the ball, Schrade was heavily targeted catching 25 passes for two touchdowns and also starting all 12 games for the Bobcats. Loyd was also one of three Texas State students to receive the first annual lBJ Civic Leadership Award for the 2016-17 academic year.
Anyama started the first three games for the Bobcats last season before injuring his Achilles against Houston and missing the remainder of the season. Anyama transferred to Texas State in 2015 after starting is athletic career with the University of Texas Track and Field team .
Bryan London II was arguably the most impactful defensive player for the Bobcats last season, racking up 141 total tackles last season, good for third among the national leaders, all as a redshirt freshman.
The Texas State Bobcats’ Football season kicks off Saturday, September 2nd, at Bobcat Stadium.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.