You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

New quarterback throws for four touchdowns in Texas State’s spring game

With a touchdown on the final drive, the offense beat the defense 104-102 in Texas State’s annual Maroon and Gold game Saturday.

The offense scored seven touchdowns — four of them from graduate transfer quarterback Damian Williams, who was 14 of 22 for 172 yards with no interceptions.

“He played fine,” Bobcats coach Everett Withers said. “He’s progressing in the offense. It’s going to take this summer for him to really know the nuances of what we want to do and get it done. Mechanics are still all over the place with his feet. He still missed some throws that he shouldn’t. He’s got a long way to go.

“From a quarterback, we expect an awful lot. It’s probably not fair what we expect of the quarterback, but it is what it is.”

Though the offense won the game, Withers said there are still a number of issues the Bobcats need to clean up on that side of the ball, specifically getting into better shape along the line to run a wider range of tempos.

When asked to compare where his team is at right now with this time last spring, Withers said, “I didn’t like those guys last year.”

“Are we more talented? No, we’re not,” he said. “But I like being around them. I like being around our guys. They are good people. Generally, I feel they have a better care for each other than a year ago. I want to be around them; I want my son to be around them. I want our coaches’ families to be around. … Last year, I didn’t bring my kids over here because I didn’t want them to be infested with what was going on.

“No disrespect to last year’s group; they didn’t know us; they didn’t know the expectations. We came in here swinging at them last year. We came here absolutely swinging at everybody in the athletic department because our standards were high.”

Running back Anthony Taylor scored two touchdowns, finishing with 72 yards on 20 carries. He split time on the first unit with Robert Brown, who gained 47 yards on 17 rushes.

Receiver Mason Hays had four catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including a 45-yard score on a deep pass from Williams. Thurman Morbley led the team in receptions with five, gaining 45 yards.

Despite not playing starting middle linebackers Bryan London and Gabe Loyd, Withers had high praise for his linebacker group.

“I like our four linebackers — I really do,” Withers said. “I’m excited about them. … We’ve got some guys on that side of the ball that are playing better.”

Outside linebacker Hal Vinson led the team in tackles with eight; he had a sack and a tackle for a loss. Nikolas Daniels, who played in place of London, had four tackles, with a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Defensive ends Ishmael Davis and Dean Taylor had solid outings, with Davis recording two sacks and Taylor getting six tackles and a sack. Nose tackle John Lilly had three tackles, including two for a loss.

Safety Quinn Tiggs had four tackles and an interception, the only pick of the game, on a pass thrown by Joseph Gonzales.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted
FSU’s Dalvin Cook among high-profile players still undrafted

The first night of the NFL draft was full of surprises, from the seemingly lopsided trades of teams looking to move up to the players selected several spots before they were projected to go. >> Read more trending news Perhaps the most surprising thing about Thursday’s first round was the collection of names that remained on the board for...
Golden: Is Taco Charlton the edge rusher the Cowboys’ defense needed?
Golden: Is Taco Charlton the edge rusher the Cowboys’ defense needed?

The whole world knew Dallas was going after an edge rusher in the first round Thursday night. They got one, but it wasn’t the guy they dreamed of grabbing over the last few weeks. Michigan’s Taco Charlton was there at No. 28, and rather than risk not filling a position of need on opening night of the NFL Draft, the Cowboys called his name...
NFL Draft notebook: Mahomes is only Big 12 player taken
NFL Draft notebook: Mahomes is only Big 12 player taken

The Big 12 only placed one player in the first round of the NFL Draft, and it was a quarterback of a 5-7 team. Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes was chosen by Kansas City at No. 10 Thursday night after the Chiefs paid a steep price to trade up from No. 27 for the gunslinger whose playground style made him one of the more entertaining prospects. Kansas...
Bohls: Texans’ draft of Watson smart, I presume
Bohls: Texans’ draft of Watson smart, I presume

Houston already had a Savage. Now the Texans have a beast. They still don’t have an experienced veteran quarterback capable of getting the team to its first Super Bowl. But in one of the smartest moves the franchise has made since it drafted Andre Johnson out of Miami, Houston traded up 13 spots in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday...
Hoying leads Round Rock to win over Memphis

Jared Hoying hit two home runs and drove in five runs, as the Round Rock Express defeated the Memphis Redbirds 9-7 on the road Thursday. Preston Claiborne struck out Todd Cunningham with a runner on second to end the game for his third save of the season. Hoying hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Josh Zeid and then hit a three-run homer in...
More Stories