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Lunch with Coach Fran: The season begins now

For all intents and purposes, the Texas State football season hasn’t even started.

The unofficial beginning of the season for the Bobcats is Sept. 19 against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

Just scratch out the first two games of the season. They didn’t happen. Basically.

“These teams are a little more caliber with Sun Belt teams,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We’ll see. I feel like (the season) does start now a little bit more.”

As Franchione put it, Texas State played two teams on different ends of the spectrum in their first two games. He wasn’t kidding. Florida State, the ninth-ranked team in the country, beat Texas State by 43 points.

Pregame questions for the Bobcats

Here are five questions relevant to the Texas State football teams’ game against Southern Mississippi. The sports staff will answer these questions following the game.

1. HOW WILL THE OFFENSIVE LINE FARE THIS TIME AROUND?

The maturation of the offensive line has been a talking point for Coach Dennis Franchione this season. He said this year’s unit is a college group compared to a kindergarten group two seasons ago, which speaks to the rapid level of development.

2. WHICH DEFENSE WILL STEP UP?

Conference play for Bobcats begins Friday

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Coming off its three-set sweep of Sam Houston State, the Texas State volleyball team is preparing for the Sun Belt Conference slate.

The Bobcats’ first conference match is Friday night against Georgia State.

Coach Karen Chisum is not concerned with what kind of record the Bobcats have coming into conference play. All that matters to her is whether the team has consistently improved and learned from their losses when they take the court against Georgia State.

“They’re good, they’ve got two good middle blockers and they’re a solid program—I will tell you that,” Chisum said. “They’re a very solid program. We’ve just got to continue to get better on our side of the net and be more consistent.”

Bobcats looking to keep winning streak alive

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the Texas State women’s soccer team is looking to focus on maintaining the teams’ current mindset as the Sun Belt Conference season approaches.

The Bobcats are currently on a three-game winning streak, with two non-conference games remaining and a 4-2 record.

Texas State begins the two-game home stand this Friday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex where the team will host the New Mexico State Aggies.

“The confidence is there,” Scoggins said. “But New Mexico State and Lamar are teams that if we don’t take care of business, could result in a loss.”

The biggest task at hand for the coaches is how well the team will handle adversity.

Practice report: Bobcats gearing up for Southern Mississippi after a victory

Tuesday’s practice kicked off something new for the Texas State football team this season. Practicing after a victory.

Texas State took care of business last Saturday against Prairie View A&M at home, 63-24, for their first win of the year.

With the win, the Bobcats are keeping their eyes forward on to the next opponent.

Volleyball sweeps Sam Houston State in final non-conference games

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For the Texas State volleyball team, the matchup with Sam Houston State served as one last tune up before conference play starts.

The Bobcats took advantage with a three-set sweep of the Bearkats (26-24, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday nights.

During the first set of the match, the game stayed close as neither team could pull away from the other early. There were eight ties during the first set with only two lead changes. 

The turning point of the match came towards the end of the first set as Texas State saw themselves facing set point down 24-21. The Bobcats would come back with a 5-0 run behind kills from Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker. 

Tennis, Rubio leave Mexico after impressive showing

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The Texas State tennis team left its mark in Cancun, Mexico after an impressive start to the season in the Barcelo College Cup.

With some consideration before the tournament, Coach Tory Plunkett gave freshman, Yadira Rubio, the nod for playing in the No. 1 spot.

“I love her mentality and I needed to see if she can handle that pressure at playing this position," Plunkett said.

Even though she received high praise from Plunkett, Rubio was shocked that she was given the position to start the season.

“I knew I had to work hard like everyone else and also knew she had three returning players," Rubio said. ”It’s an honor but I was a little nervous.”

Hoppe solidifying role on the team

The setter position is one that requires experience and chemistry with the rest of the team. For Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, gaining the trust of her teammates has not been a problem.

Hoppe is a newcomer to the team after she decided to transfer to Texas State in January.

Since joining the team, Hoppe has begun battling Emily Shelton, junior setter, for a role.

Hoppe and Shelton know their playing time relies on how they perform.

The two athletes are not letting the competition between them impact their camaraderie.

“It’s been really cool competing with her and we know since it’s just us two that we need to push each other,” Hoppe said. “We’ve been so supportive of each other, and we have become really good friends.”

Chisum anticipating 'bloodbath' against Sam Houston State

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Coach Karen Chisum is expecting a “bloodbath” in the Texas State volleyball team’s matchup against Sam Houston State tonight.

Sam Houston State will be Texas State’s last non-conference opponent before the Sun Belt Conference play begins Friday.

“I think what we’re going to see is scrappiness and desire because it’s going to be a bloodbath (Tuesday) night,” Chisum said. “They just fight and we’re going to have to be the same fighters, and when they push we’ve got to push back. I think it’ll be a very good tune-up. Hopefully we get a ‘W’ out of it and build a little bit of confidence.”

Chisum said Sam Houston State is one of the best teams the Bobcats have played this season.  

Beck taking next steps to integrate into team

During the summer of third grade, Landon Beck woke up every morning to the same noise.

Thud, thud, thud. It was his grandfather knocking at the door. Beck’s day began before the sun rose and wouldn’t end until much later.

He did whatever his grandpa needed. Beck, who was nine at the time, joined his grandpa in manual labor, which included tending to cows and driving T-posts.

It was just a normal facet of life for Beck, who grew up in Early, Texas, a small city in west-central Texas with a population of less than 3,000 people.

“Whatever I needed to do, I had to do it all day with my grandpa,” Beck said. “I get the work ethic I have from my grandpa.”

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