SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — Seven practices into a new season with a new head coach, Texas State’s new culture is already fully-formed.
Coach Everett Withers promised change to his players and the Bobcats program when he was hired in January, and he’s backed up his talk. As with most new coaches, the Bobcats roster was hit with a heavy focus of accountability. Withers dismissed three Bobcat players in June setting the tone early in his tenure.
“I can’t emphasize how difficult the first two weeks were…we had a cleanse. The new staff comes in…the old stuff’s got to go and some guys weren’t down with it. They didn’t want to buy in, so those guys are gone…and that’s ok,” tight end Gabe Schrade said.
Withers talks often about the standard for his players and his reach extends on and off the field. Now that it’s preseason practice, the players that remain on campus have bought in.
“You can usually tell by the end of July, the kids have bought in to your culture and (knowing) what the expectations are and that offseason program really bleeds into the season,” Withers said.
On the field, Texas State is in the midst of installing an up-tempo offense while looking through their options at quarterback. Tyler Jones is the incumbent at the position and the favorite to be named starter. Jones’ preseason roommate, Eddie Printz, is the other competitor for the position. Printz is a graduate transfer from Missouri.
“Tyler’s been really efficient in camp, done really well. I think Eddie (Printz) is really learning the offense. You know, he didn’t get the Spring. He just came here in the summer and tried to pick up the offense. The next four or five days when he gets a good grasp of the offense…I think you’ll see a guy that’s able to compete a little more for that job,” Withers said.