Texas State football coach Everett Withers confirmed at his weekly press conference that four players have been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules: wide receiver Thurman Morbley, safety Quinn Tiggs, cornerback Jordan Eastling and running back Tyler Tutt.
Withers did not comment on the specifics of the team violations. He did, however, confirm that each of the players had multiple violations.
“You have to work on culture every day,” Withers said. “Culture is like brushing your teeth, or shaving, and all of that. If you don’t do it for a while, you become a bum. You have a bum program if you don’t take care of it every day. We talk about culture every day around here.”
Morbley, a sophomore, was the Bobcats’ second leading receiver last year with 400 yards and 36 receptions. His playing time has been limited to four games this season due to a suspension and an injury. He had 14 catches for 192 yards.
Tutt, who was one of the top recruits for the 2016 class, has seen very little playing time in his time at Texas State. He redshirted his freshman season after tearing his ACL early last season. He has not played this year.
Tiggs, a senior, has appeared in five games this season and has registered 10 tackles.
Eastling, a sophomore, has appeared in two games this season.
Tiggs and Eastling’s dismissals deplete an already thin defense. Cornerback JaShon Waddy, a sophomore, played last week in the Bobcats’ loss to Georgia State despite recovering from a shoulder injury. He had 11 tackles and forced a fumble that turned into points for Texas State.
“JaShon Waddy is basically playing with one arm but playing hard,” Withers said. “You talk about a guy that’s had his arm in a harness all year long with his arm above his head. I was talking with him during the New Mexico State, talking about shutting him down for the rest of the year and he wasn’t having it. He came out to practice on Tuesday and said, ‘I’m playing.’”
Waddy has appeared in nine games and is fifth on the team in total tackles with 48. He also dropped what would have been Texas State’s first interception of the season. The Bobcats are the only FBS team without an interception.
Two defensive line starters — defensive end Dean Taylor and nose tackle Caeveon Patton — missed last week’s game due to being under concussion protocol. Both are unlikely to play this week, but Withers said their status for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State will be determined later in the week. Patton has 26 tackles and a sack in nine games while Taylor has 17 tackles and half a sack in nine games.
Texas State at Arkansas State, 2 p.m., 1300