Texas State notebook: Seven earn All-Sun Belt recognition

Seven Texas State football players received All-Sun Belt Conference postseason honors last week: second team for tight end Gabe Schrade; third team for center Aaron Brewer and linebacker Frankie Griffin; and honorable mention for receiver Elijah King, linebackers Gabe Loyd and Bryan London II, and defensive tackle Jordan Mittie.

A senior captain, Schrade finished second among Sun Belt tight tends with 20 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He was on the John Mackey Award watch list and was nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy.

Brewer was a two-year starter as a sophomore for the Bobcats. He showed off his versatility this season by starting at center, guard and tackle.

Also a sophomore, Griffin started every game at outside linebacker for the Bobcats this season, tallying 74 tackles and a team-leading 11½ tackles for a loss, including four sacks.

King finished his senior season with the sixth-most catches in the conference (52) and the seventh-most yards (750), leading the Bobcats in both categories.

Loyd and London were both team captains, with Loyd, a senior, being voted captain for the second straight year. After finishing second in the conference last year as a freshman with 142 tackles, London was 10th this year but still led the Bobcats with 91. Loyd finished tied for 14th with 82 tackles and led the team with 4½ sacks.

Mittie played all three positions on the defensive line, recording 52 tackles, 6½ for a loss, and 3½ sacks.

Despite finishing the past two seasons with the same 2-10 record, the Bobcats have five more honorees than they did after the 2016 season when they got just honorable mention for Brewer and London.

Both basketball teams dominate: With a just a few more weeks left in nonconference play, the men’s and women’s teams are coming off strong performances. The men got above .500 (5-4) with a 100-50 rout of McMurry, and the women dismantled UT-San Antonio 91-38.

Coming off an upset loss to Houston Baptist last weekend, the Bobcats bounced back against McMurry thanks to strong play from freshman guards Shelby Adams and Reggie Miller. Both players came off the bench to score in double figures; Adams led the team with a career-high 17 points, and Miller added 13.

The women earned their second consecutive win and improved to 6-2, with their only losses coming against TCU and Houston. Brooke Holle, a sophomore out of Westlake, led the Bobcats over the Roadrunners with 24 points. Holle has started all eight games and is third on the team in points, averaging 12.

Both squads are on the road this weekend. The men played Abilene Christian (6-3) on Saturday, and the women will face Sam Houston State (2-3) on Sunday.

Grout named Academic All-American: The College Sports Information Directors of America selected midfielder Rachel Grout to the Academic All-America third team. Grout maintained a 3.97 grade-point average while helping the soccer team to the second-best record in conference, scoring eight goals and recording six assists.

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