Texas State finished last season as the 18th best rushing attack in the nation, averaging 238.5 yards per game. The running game has been a strong suit of Coach Dennis Franchione’s offense since his arrival in San Marcos, always having several effective contributors running the ball. This season, the Bobcats return starter Rob Lowe but lost second leading rusher Terrence Franks to the NFL. Though Franks has moved on, the team returns a significant amount of depth and experience; something the offensive coaching staff is surely going to rely on. With Franks off to the NFL, who will be the guys to help carry the load behind Lowe in 2015? Probable Starter Rob Lowe 5’10’’ 195 lbs. Senior Outside of Tyler Jones at quarterback, Lowe might have the most secure position on the offense. This preseason he has earned several accolades including the Doak Walker Award Watch List, Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference third team, and Preseason All-Texas FBS second team. In 2014, Lowe led the Bobcats with 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final two games of last season against Arkansas State and Georgia State, Lowe accounted for 409 total yards and five touchdowns, something I am sure he is looking to build on this year. He isn’t the biggest, or the fastest guy in the backfield, but he is exceptional at hitting the hole quickly and getting to the second level of the defense. Though Lowe will most likely be the starter, he only accounted for 38% of the total production on the ground last season, so depth is important. 2 Deep and Contributors Chris Nutall 5’8’’ 202 lbs. Senior
Tim Gay 5’11’’ 248 lbs. Senior
Stedman Mayberry 5’10’’ 189 lbs. RS Freshman
Louis Rubin 5’9’’ 223 lbs. Sophomore
Chris Nutall sat out the 2014 season (he was the first pick in the spring game), but was the team’s second leading rusher in 2013. He has never received a high volume of carries, but will most likely be the number two guy behind Lowe because of his strength and ability to break tackles. Tim Gay is the biggest running back on the roster, and is primarily used as a blocking back. Last year he played in nine games, but only rushed for 20 yards on six carries.
Louis Rubin and Stedman Mayberry may not have contributed much to the Bobcat rushing attack in 2014, but should look to be contributors throughout the upcoming season. Coach Franchione has shown that he likes to spread the ball around to give the defense different looks. Look for these two young guys to step up this season.
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