Texas State notebook: Five walk-ons are awarded football scholarships


Five Texas State walk-ons received football scholarships Thursday night — wide receiver Hutch White, cornerback Dennis Johnson Jr., linebacker Malik Alley and long snappers Tommy Simmons and Justin Warner.

White, a junior out of Kerrville Tivy, was fourth on the team last season in receptions (15) and receiving yards (196) while also returning every punt for the Bobcats.

Entering his senior year, Johnson joined the Bobcats last season after playing at Dodge City Community College. He was a receiver at Dodge City and at Texas State last season but is now expected to start at corner after switching in the spring.

His 6-foot-4 height gives the Bobcats added length for a defensive backfield that yielded zero interceptions last season.

Alley walked on in 2016 after transferring from Midwestern State. A junior inside linebacker, he played in all 12 games on special teams last season, accumulating seven tackles.

Simmons, a senior who started at Kilgore College, appeared in five games as the deep snapper on punts. Warner, a junior, walked on in coach Everett Withers’ first year and appeared in five games his freshman season and 11 last year as a field-goal snapper.

Soccer team 1-1: The Bobcats split two games last weekend, dropping the first one at Louisiana Tech 2-1 in double overtime last Friday before beating UTSA at home 1-0 Sunday.

Junior forward Kaylee Davis scored the Bobcats’ only goal in the first minute against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs tied the game at the 19:02 mark before taking the final lead at 102:26. Kaylee Zettler scored both of Louisiana Tech’s goals.

The Bobcats bounced back the next day by beating the Roadrunners. Davis once again scored the Bobcats’ lone goal, this time with less than three minutes left.

Texas State is on the road this weekend, at McNeese State on Friday and LSU on Sunday.

Extension for Chisum: Volleyball coach Karen Chisum is entering her 39th season with the Bobcats. She has just signed on to stay at least until her 41st as Texas State announced a three-year extension.

Chisum is the second-longest tenured head coach in all three NCAA divisions, has the fourth-most wins by a female coach in Division I sports history and has the third-most wins of any active coach.

After losing an exhibition match last weekend to SMU in three straight sets, the Bobcats started their season Friday at Marquette.

Throwback game: The athletic department announced a football “throwback game” Oct. 27 against New Mexico State in San Marcos. For the first time since changing from Southwest Texas State to Texas State in 2003, the Bobcats will wear Southwest Texas State uniforms.

At the first fall practice earlier this month, Withers expressed a desire for banners to be put up at Bobcat Stadium honoring the 1981 and 1982 Division II national champion Southwest Texas State teams.



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