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Bobcats Hunt For a Win: Sun Belt Opener Preview

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By Alexander Gaskill
Sports Reporter

The Bobcats will be back on home turf this weekend at Jim Wacker field to face Georgia State in their fourth game of the season on Saturday.

Texas State head coach Jake Spavital and crew will be looking to pick up their first win after an 0-3 start to the season. Their most recent loss came to unbeaten SMU last weekend. The Cats’ will need to step it up at home for their first conference game against the Panthers.

An inauspicious start to the season forces the bobcats to focus their energy on improvements to the offensive side of the ball. An on-going quarterback battle proves to be part of the issue for Spavial’s offense.

Gresch Jensen and Tyler Vitt are still competing for the number one spot. Both quarterbacks have combined for a total of seven interceptions in their first three games this season. 

Jensen has thrown for 739 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions on 61.5% passing. Vitt has thrown for 91 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 66.7% passing. It is still unclear who the starter will be in an ongoing quarterback controversy.

“The QB position is an open competition this week between Vitt and Jensen,” Spavital said. “No quarterback is playing at a high level right now and leadership isn’t where we want it to be.”

Georgia State travels to San Marcos looking to improve their record to 3-1. The Panthers had a strong start to the season with a monumental win over SEC opponent University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott is confident in his key players ability to lead. Elliott is certain that his starting quarterback is a key component to the Panthers squad.

“Every good football team has one common denominator… that’s a good quarterback,” Elliott said. “That good quarterback has to be a good leader and I think we have that in Danny [Ellington].”

Panthers quarterback Dan Ellington has thrown for 627 yards, eight touchdowns and an interception on 63% passing. Running back Tra Barnett leads the team in rushing with 274 rushing yards and a pair of rushing scores.

Georgia State is 1-10-1 in their last 12 conference games and 1-8-1 in their last ten road games.

Texas State is 0-4 in their last four games overall and 3-8 in their last eleven home games.

This matchup is set to be a battle between emerging and established leadership at the quarterback position. Georgia State has won four of the last five meetings between these two teams. 

With promises of better conference play looming, the ‘Cats will need to find an identity this weekend if they want to gain any momentum down the stretch. 

The conference opener for the Bobcats starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcasted on KTSW 89.9 FM.

Featured courtesy of Texas State Athletics.

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