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Jake Spavital Talks COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and the Future of Texas State Football

By Reilly Low
Assistant Sports Director

The Bobcat Club hosted a Zoom meeting with Texas State head football coach Jake Spavital last Thursday addressing fan-submitted questions regarding last years’ improvements, the future of the football program and more.

Host Brant Freeman started off the interview with questions about current events in our world today and how that has affected the upcoming 2020 football season.

COVID-19 prevented the Bobcats from having 10 spring practices, including the annual spring game. Since gyms opened, the team has hosted individual weight training along with tedious requirements to clean every weight that a player uses.

Spavital was also asked about the Black Lives Matter protests around the world, in which he expanded on his Twitter response and wished that the world could be “like a football locker room.”

“You bring in so many different types of people from different backgrounds,” Spavital said. “It’s a very interesting melting pot of people that come together and there is no division. They are all working towards a common goal of winning a football games.”

Spavital explained that his coaching staff has offered to talk with any player(s) who would like to discuss everything happening right now and how they can help.

After the general questions about COVID-19 and the protests, fans wanted to know what they should expect from Texas State football this year. The team gained 45 recruits this year and to see KTSW Sports’ opinions about some of the early recruits check out “Grading Texas State’s 2020 (Early) Recruiting Class.”

Spavital recognized the physical size of the Bobcats offensive line needing to improve heading into his second season. Last year, every Sun Belt team had bigger players at the position than Texas State, making that line one of the top priorities for his coaching staff.

“We were the smallest team in the league and [the size of the offensive line] is something we needed to increase,” Spavital said. “We brought in seven new offensive linemen… there’s a need for us there.”

The transfer portal has also helped the Bobcats gain valuable players from junior colleges looking to make an impact and fill the void of last year’s departing seniors.

Spavital believes the offense assisting the defense in high leverage situations is the biggest strength of the 2020 Bobcat football team. The defense kept Texas State in the game at halftime for the majority of last year, now he expects the offense to execute and finish the game.

Even during this time, Spavital wants fans to show their support for the football team and Texas State athletics in general.

“Promote the brand and talk about the Bobcats,” Spavital said. “Be proud to be a Bobcat wherever you’re at.” To receive updates on all things Texas State Football, follow @KTSWSports on twitter.

Featured image by Nathan Rarangol.

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