By Nicholas Brady
After a 3-9 season in head coach Jake Spavital’s first season at the helm of the Texas State Bobcat football program in 2019, the Bobcats return to the field this Saturday versus SMU.
This year’s Bobcat football team has a very different look from the year prior. Spavital and his staff have recruited several transfers from major Division I and junior college programs to accelerate the rebuild of the Bobcat football program.
Headlining these transfers is sophomore quarterback Brady McBride who sat out last season at Texas State following his departure from Memphis under NCAA Transfer Bylaws.
McBride was a former 3-star recruit out of Coppell high school in 2017 where he was District 9-6A MVP. McBride originally committed to Memphis over offers from Texas State, Indiana and Rice.
McBride played in 3 games his freshman year at Memphis before redshirting. In those games, McBride threw for 88 yards on 8-14 passing with one interception. He also rushed for 31 yards on seven carries.
McBride is joined by a group of power five transfer; including Texas offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez, Arkansas offensive lineman Silas Robinson, Wake Forest receiver Waydale Jones, Texas Tech linebackers Brayden Stringer and Christian Taylor, Oklahoma State running back Jahmyl Jeter, Iowa State safety Tory Spears and UTEP linebacker Sione Tupou.
Robinson, Jones and Jeter are still awaiting decisions from the NCAA on eligibility waivers for the 2020 season. Without a waiver, all three will have to sit out one season under NCAA Transfer Bylaws.
Texas State also added former Arizona State running back Brock Sturges from Butler Community College, former Washington State receiver Drue Jackson from Tyler Junior College and junior college top 10 outside linebacker recruit according to 247sports.com, former Louisiana Tech linebacker Marquise Wren from Tyler Junior College.
Wren signed with Texas State over offers from power five programs Missouri, Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon State and Louisville.
With a large number of transfers from big-time programs, this year’s Texas State team may be the most talented roster in recent history.
Kickoff for this Saturday’s game versus SMU is set for 3:30 p.m and will be nationally televised by ESPN.
Featured image by Nathan Rarangol.