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Coming off a 4-8 first season of bowl level football, the Texas State football team will take up spring drills this week. TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION


All considered, Texas State’s maiden voyage in bowl level college football went well in 2012. Friday, the Bobcats will start work on 2013.

The Bobcats will begin spring practice on March 1. Five weeks later, on April 6, they will play their annual Maroon-Gold spring game at Bobcat Stadium.

In between, head coach Dennis Franchione and his staff will begin the work of integrating 54 returning lettermen with 23 new signees. Texas State returns 17 players who started games on offense and 14 players who started games on defense. That gives the Bobcats an experienced group as they head to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

The Bobcats opened their bowl level history in shocking fashion with a 30-13 win at Houston. They ended their first season with a 66-28 win at home against New Mexico State. At mid-season, they won their first ever game in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), pounding Idaho, 38-7. In between, the Bobcats lost eight of their other nine games and some bad weather hurt them at the gate. But none of the experts really thought the Bobcats could win more than twice in their first year of the big time, so their 4-8 record to end the year came as a pleasant surprise.

Texas State’s first practice on Friday will include a workout at 6:25 a.m. and a practice at 3:30 p.m. The Bobcats will work out at 8:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. the next day, then have practices on March 4, 5 and 7 before taking time off for spring break.

The Bobcats return to spring practice on March 19 and 21 before holding their first scrimmage on March 23 at 5:40 p.m. as part of Bobcat Bonanza, the athletic department’s largest annual fundraiser that generates revenue through a golf tournament, ticket sales, event sponsorships, and auctions. Bobcat Bonanza will be held inside the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields West Side Complex at Bobcat Stadium.

The Bobcats will have a second scrimmage on March 30 at 3:00 p.m. before playing its annual Maroon-Gold Spring Game on April 6 (6 p.m.).

The Bobcats will kick off their 2013 campaign at Southern Miss on Aug. 31 to begin first its season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference after transitioning to NCAA Division I FBS status last season in the WAC.

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