There were many players from Texas State's record setting romp Saturday night who separated themselves from the rest. It's a tough call to only choose two, but we hand out our game balls for week one.
OFFENSE: WR Jafus Gaines (Jr.)
Gaines hauled in 4 catches for 119 yards and 2 TD's on Saturday night. Of all the receivers, QB Tyler Jones looked the most comfortable going to Jafus who had a record night for catches, yards and touchdowns. Primarily up the middle of the field, down the slot, Gaines was was open and able to rack up big yards after the catch.
The Red Shirt Junior dazzled with an incredible, acrobatic touchdown catch while on his back. In a route up the middle, Jones threaded the needle to Jafus, hitting him in the hands, tipping it up. Gaines fell to the ground in the end zone, stayed with it and reeled it in while on his back for the score. His ability to get yards after the catch are what really stood out. On another catch, a simple 12 yard slant, he exploded down the field for a 71 yard gain. He finished averaging nearly 30 yards a catch. It's a scary thought to think that his night could've been even bigger had it not been for 1 or 2 drops.
DEFENSE: LB David Mayo (Sr.)
Mayo is one of the leaders on the defense, both vocally and with his sheer actions on the field. He led the Bobcat defense with 10 tackles, 7 solo, 1/2 a sack and a forced fumble (FF). At the heart of the defense, Mayo flows to the ball on every play, his speed keeps him around the ball, while he used his size and strength to hit and the jar the ball loose from the Pine Bluff ball carrier early on.
His forced fumble that was recovered by the Bobcats, later resulted in a score. That hit, coupled along with Mike Odiari's penetration and disruption set the tone early for defense.
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