By Jude McClaren
Assistant Sports Director
As the Bobcats finished up their second week of fall camp, there is one position group that seems to be keeping the entire team motivated, and that’s the Texas State wide receivers. Considering wide receivers coach Ron Antoine is the only coach on staff not new to San Marcos, it seems Jake Spavital’s decision to keep the master recruiter and husband to the head women’s basketball coach Zenarae Antoine, was a good one.
During media day on Aug. 4, sophomore defensive back Jarron Morris observed the improvement of the wide recieves.
“They got better,” Morris said. “They’re out there making plays.”
Morris’s words mean even more when it is taken into account that he is one of the players who has been guarding the receivers throughout camp. This is a big step forward for the wideouts, because in the spring head coach Spavital discussed how at times the offense was dominated by the defense in practice.
But it’s not just the players who see the improvement, it’s the coaches as well. Offensive coordinator Bob Stitt also mentioned the receivers’ improvement at media day.
“I think our receivers are really impressive,” Stitt said, “now we’re putting the ball up there and they’re making tough catches, catches that weren’t made in the spring.”
But why are the receivers suddenly making big jumps? It could be because of the pass-heavy offense coach Stitt and Spavital run, but it also might have something to do with the man who’s been there the whole time, coach Antoine.
Sophomore receiver Jah’Marae Sheread (otherwise known as “K-Dot”) described the wideouts and coach Antoine’s relationship as “very strong” and that “they’ve really been coming together” throughout the summer and fall camp. This camaraderie among the receivers has seemed to not only help these men off the field by providing them with a community they always have, but has helped them on the field because they are motivated by each other to get better. Which as we’ve already mentioned, is now testing Texas State’s stellar defense that was one of the best in the Sun Belt Conference last season, and returns virtually everybody.
Texas State’s receivers seem to be making great progress under fourth year coach Antoine in coach Spavital’s new offense, and if they keep improving at the rate they appear to be, it will improve Texas State’s offense dramatically.
Texas State continues fall camp and practice all the way up until Aug. 29 when they face the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station.
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Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.