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February 22nd, 2010
Bobcats begin spring football practice

022310gridaThe Texas State football team is in for a month of spring drills. Texas State sports information photo.


The Texas State football team started spring practice Monday, kicking off four weeks of drills in the next five weeks as the Bobcats seek their third straight winning season in 2010.

The Bobcats are coming off two straight national Top 25 rankings after finishing the 2009 campaign with a 7-4 record. The Bobcats ended the season ranked 25th by The Sports Network and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches’ final polls.

Texas State returns six starters on offense, headlined by junior guard D.J. Hall, a two-time All-Southland Conference selection. Two other returners are offensive linemen — Jason Hannan and Winston Ruelas. Also returning from the 2009 starting lineup are wide receivers Da’Marcus Griggs and Darius Bolden, along with running back Karrington Bush, who spent much of last season injured.

Defensively, the Bobcats return eight starters, including All-SLC selection Marcus Clark at linebacker. Also returning are linebacker Bryan Iwuji, defensive end Ron Jackson, defensive tackle Adley Eshraghipour, cornerbacks Darryl Morris and Derek Lopez, and safeties T.P. Miller and  Kenneth Hampton as starters.

All three kicking specialists also return — punter Ben Follis and kickers Ryan Batchelor and Justin Garelick.

Texas State began its workouts in shorts and will move to pads on Thursday and Friday. The practices will resume on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the weeks of March 1-5 and March 15-19. The week of March 8-12 is spring break at Texas State. All practices begin at 3:30 p.m., either on the team’s practice fields or at Bobcat Stadium.

The Bobcats will hold their annual Maroon-Gold Spring Game on March 20 before concluding their final week with practices on March 22, 23 and 26.

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