1). Texas State is a run first offense. Using a spread look, the Bobcats will consistently run out of a "Zone Read" leaving QB Tyler Jones to be the point man. As a sophomore he used his legs to amass 718 yards and score 6 times. The focal point of the running attack is senior running back Robert Lowe, who had over 1100 yards and 12 TD's for the Bobcats as a junior. He's a one cut type of back, and go, hit the hole. He's complimented by senior Chris Nutall, who is diminutive standing only 5'8", but packs a punch with his power and speed. He's listed at 200lbs, but runs much harder. As a unit, Texas State averaged 239 yards on the ground per game last season. Good for 27th in the nation.
2). The Texas State offense will go as far as QB Tyler Jones can carry them. His legs and arm make him a true Dual Threat QB. He is not afraid to keep the ball on a "Zone Read" and can be very accurate when dropping back and finding targets over the middle. It will be crucial for the O-line to give him some time to make his reads and find his spots. In order for TXST to be competitive, the 'Cats cannot become a one dimensional offense.
3.) "Mike" Linebacker Trey McGowan will make tackles. He is the heart and soul of the Bobcat defense, and at 6'0" 250lbs, the senior brings a load with him. Expect him to be all over the field on Saturday and don't be surprised if he racks up double digit tackling numbers.
4). Defensively, Texas State also has the Sun Belt Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year in cornerback David Mims. Coming off a season where he led the 'Cats with 5 picks and earned All Conference honors, the 5'11" 198lb corner is primed and ready for the big stage. Do not look for him to receive much, if any help over the top. He has the trust of DC John Thompson to take care of his side of the field. Every corner gets beat, but Mims is rarely out of position and that helps the Texas State defense in freeing up another defender.
5). Place kicker and punter Lumi Kaba is a weapon. The Juco College signee has an NFL leg. In fall camp he's boomed punts as far as 75 yards, and has nailed a 60 yard field goal that could've been good from 62-63 yards out. He has no problem in hitting consistently from 50-55 yards. When punting he's shown great control in being able to have his punts pinned inside the 20 yard line. In the case that Texas State is able to survive the attack from the #10 Noles, special teams can always win or lose a game. Head Coach Dennis Franchione has somewhat of an unknown weapon in his arsenal.