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Texas State football coach Dennis Franchione sizes up the troops as the Bobcats begin practice for the 2013 season (Texas State sports information photo).

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State football team, heading to its first season in the Sun Belt Conference and its second year of bowl-level competition, began practice on Monday.

“We had a lot of energy and enthusiasm today,” head coach Dennis Franchione said after the first practice. “Our guys were really anxious to get started. They were tired of lifting weights and conditioning and ready to practice. Our older guys led the way and they seemed to have a genuine earnest to be back together and working. I have characterized this team differently this year, and they are different. But it is just the first practice.”

The Bobcats are practicing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at their practice fields and at Bobcat Stadium. Friday’s practice begins at 9 a.m.

Franchione said he was pleased with how well the veteran players have retained their offensive and defensive systems from last spring and his last two years as head coach at Texas State.

“When the veterans have good carryover and do things right, the younger players watch them and that helps their learning curve,” Franchione said. “We didn’t have pads today, but we had a lot of installation. We are throwing a lot at them the first few days in shorts where it is teaching segments. We had a good team segment at the end of practice.”

Texas State kicks off the 2013 season at Southern Miss on Aug. 31. The Bobcats play their home opener against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 7.

The Bobcats also play home games against Wyoming on Sept. 28, UL-Monroe on Oct. 12, Georgia State on Oct. 19, South Alabama on Oct. 26 and Western Kentucky on Nov. 23

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