Position Battle: CB's

Craig Mager was a difference maker on Saturdays for the Bobcats, that was the good news. The bad news, like everything else, you eventually have to replace him. Here's a look at who will be opposite David Mims this season.

Let's start with the obvious, one corner spot is locked up by All Sun Belt performer and Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year, David Mims (Sr.). The 5'11" cornerback led the team with 5 INT's and was second with 3 pass break ups. He knows how to make a play on the ball, and then executes it.

Texas State lists their two corner spots as Boundary Corner (BC) and Field Corner (FC). Both are interchangeable and either corner will end up playing both spots throughout the game. Heading into fall camp, the Bobcats have 6 CB's on scholarship and here's our breakdown on who will battle for that second spot.

Probable Starters

David Mims 5'11" 198lbs Sr.
Brandon McDowell 5'10" 183lbs So.OR
Javante O'Roy 6'0" 180lbs Jr.

McDowell drew very high praise from Cornerbacks Coach Ashley Ambrose and the rest of the Coaching Staff this spring, as he was chosen as Texas State's "Most Improved Player." Not only did he do well on the field, but off the field and in the weight room, McDowell made tremendous strides in getting bigger and stronger. Only a red shirt sophomore, the staff made it clear that if he transitions like this to the fall, he will be tough to beat out for the other corner spot.

The other candidate vying to start opposite Mims, is mid-year enrollee Javante O'Roy. The Juco transfer did take some time to adjust to the D1 game, but once he did, he impressed. He raised his level of play as the spring progressed, making a lot of plays over the second half of spring practice. In the Spring Game alone he positioned himself for 4 possible interceptions, with Coach Ambrose taking full notice. As an upperclassmen, he's also established himself as a team leader.

Expect to see one of these two opposite of David Mims come September 5th.

2 Deep and Contributors

Andrew Aneke 6'0" 170lbs Rs. Fr.
Donta Clanton 5'10" 185lbs Rs. Sr.
Clarence Guidry III 5'11" 180lbs So.

Aneke red shirted last season and is looking for the opportunity to get on the field after a good spring. He finished the spring game with some nice defensive plays. Guidry did take the field for snaps last fall and had a nice showing during the spring. He's expected to be a part of the "2 Deep" and cornerback rotation.

When coverage calls for adding an extra corner, aka "Nickel or Slot," in the 4-2-5, it's not uncommon at all. There will be defensive packages when TXST goes with 6 or 7 DB's in long yardage passing situations, you will see 3-4 corners. Over the next few weeks we'll learn more on who exactly that group is.


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