By Jude McClaren
Assistant Sports Director
While there have been a lot of storylines following Texas State Football this fall, the one question everyone is still asking is who will be Texas State’s starting quarterback? Luckily for Bobcat fans, that question has been answered — in part. After this past Saturday’s scrimmage, head coach Jake Spavital announced that junior Gresch Jensen and sophomore Tyler Vitt would be apart of an “ongoing competition” to be the Bobcats starter in College Station.
The two quarterbacks have made quite the impression on quarterbacks-guru and offensive coordinator Bob Stitt.
“We’re letting those two take all the reps… I really feel with how both of those kids are progressing we can go either way and we’ll be in good shape.” Stitt said.
Stitt also harped on how hard this decision has been for him and coach Spavital.
“I felt like Tyler lit it up in the beginning (of practice), and Gresch finished really strong” Stitt said.
Despite the fierce competition between the two, the quarterbacks are sticking together as a group. Jensen, who transferred to Texas State in the spring and played under offensive coordinator Stitt at Montana, detailed how the quarterbacks continue to stay together throughout this process.
“You’re friends, you support each other, you’re a team, you’re a family, and you’re getting better, I think that’s really what it comes down to” Jensen said.
A healthy competition isn’t always a bad thing though, Vitt, who started five games for the Bobcats last season, explained how this competition has helped him as a player.
“To have a guy next to you that understands the game just as well as you do… it’s been fun and he’s just made me better” Vitt said.
Jensen and Vitt aren’t the only players affected by this decision, as redshirt sophomore Jaylen Gipson was the “odd man out” of the quarterback battle. Gipson keeps his head high despite the news, as coach Spavital and Stitt have both mentioned that Gipson was “one snap away from being the backup” or “two snaps away from being the starter” as Gipson put it. Gipson also mentioned that he’s ready to contribute in any way.
“I feel like I’ve been here for two years and haven’t done anything… I’ll play receiver, quarterback, running back, whatever I can do to help those guys.” Gipson Said.
The quarterback battle at Texas State has ramped up to a new level with August 29 getting closer and closer. And while we still may not be for certain on who will step on the field for the Bobcats as the quarterback once they take on the Aggies, one things for sure, the group will continue to work as hard as they can to make each other better.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.