By JP Flanagan
The Texas State Bobcat football team showcased their new-look squad in their spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 22, at Bobcat Stadium under first-year head coach GJ Kinne.
Ben Bell was in the spotlight this weekend filling the stat sheet with 4.0 sacks, seven tackles and a quarterback hurry. Kinne also highlighted the play from his cornerbacks and praised their continuous effort and intensity throughout camp.
Coach Kinne gained his recognition as a head coach last year at Incarnate Word leading the Cardinals to an FCS semifinal while also leading the entire FCS in points per game with 51 ppg. Kinne’s style of offense is very energetic and fast and was on full display Saturday. Kinne stated that the pace has been where it’s been needed to be since the start of spring practice and the staff will continue to demand that going into fall.
The highly touted Arkansas transfer Malik Hornsby did not wait for his moment to shine as he opened the game with a 40-yard pass to FCS transfer all-American Kole Wilson who had an impressive showing of his own in his first playing time in the maroon and gold. Hornsby’s leadership on the field was contagious as he is always there to hype up his team even when he wasn’t behind center. He will have to fend off transfer quarterback Cj Rogers before being officially named the starter.
Kinne in his post-game presser was asked about how important it was to keep last year’s leading receiver, Ashtyn Hawkins, and stated that although his small frame, Hawkins has the best technique and hands he’s seen in the business at the collegiate level and is glad he opted to stay in San Marcos.
Overall, the spring scrimmage was a success for the Bobcats. Fans were treated to an exciting display of football, with the offense and defense both showcasing their talents. With Kinne at the helm, the Bobcats look poised to have a strong season in the fall.
Featured Image by Beau Kelly.
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