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Coach Kinne Spring Practice Press Conference

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By Thomas Terry

Sports Reporter


This previous weekend marked the start of spring practices for Texas State Football. G. J. Kinne, who was hired as the head coach earlier this year, had an opportunity to speak to the media following the first practice.



In his opening statement, Coach Kinne emphasized how there was great energy on day one. There were no pads or tackling in the opening practice; although, Kinne eluded that the team would be incorporating those respective prospects as spring moved forward.


After being asked what he saw from both the offense and defense on day one, Kinne cited the entire team looked like “bees in a hive”. Matching the original tone of great energy, it was also specified how despite it being early-the tempo was good.


There are four quarterbacks on the roster this year, and Kinne praised how well each of the quarterbacks protected the ball. Undoubtedly, there has been no indication yet on who will be the starter. Though, 4-star Arkansas transfer Malik Hornsby, and incumbent quarterback Ty Evans will highlight the competition.


When coach Kinne was asked about how his young age can contribute to the success of the program, he responded by expressing that he and the rest of the coaching staff can relate to the players. Kinne, 34, almost single handedly brings the median age of coaching in the NCAA down from the usual 50-60 years. Kinne also believes that being raised into the age of technology and social media gives him an edge on being able to connect with players through different platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.


Kinne was asked what he’d like to bring over from his time as head coach at University of the Incarnate Word, and he quickly replied “being able to do everything right”. Kinne declared that it starts in the classroom and community and translates to the football field.


One of the biggest talking points in all of college football is the landscape of the transfer portal. Kinne described that a huge challenge would be mixing transfers with original signees. However, Kinne took a leadership stance and explained that it would be up to him and the rest of the coaching staff to successfully integrate them and produce results.


There are exciting times ahead for Texas State football, and tides are hopeful to change sooner rather than later.


Written by: Preethi Mangadu

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