Of­fense in flux with 3 ab­sences

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Keff Ciardello Amer­i­can-States­man Cor­re­spon­dent

The first week of fall camp has been full of sur­prises for the Bob­cats. Texas State coach Everett Withers an­nounced that three key of­fen­sive play­ers wouldn’t be prac­tic­ing quar­ter­back Damian Williams, wide re­ceiver T.V. Williams and run­ning back St­ed­man May­berry.

Damian Williams, a grad­u­ate trans­fer from Mis­sis­sippi State, and T.V. Williams, who trans­ferred from Ken­tucky last sea­son, have been sus­pended for aca­demic and per­sonal rea­sons, Withers said.

“That’s the last time I’ll talk about that,” Withers told re­porters this week. “There’s no telling when they’ll get back or if they’ll get back.”

May­berry, who started 11 games last year and led the team in rush­ing, has left the pro­gram. The Bob­cats aren’t ex­pect­ing him back, the coach said.

“He de­cided to go pur­sue a ca­reer, and I think the crowded run­ning back room had a lot to do with it,” Withers said.

Damian Williams was ex­pected to be Texas State’s start­ing quar­ter­back af­ter en­rolling in Jan­uary and go­ing through spring work­outs. But he had yet to take the GRE stan­dard­ized test to get into grad­u­ate school; he took the test last week and could re­join the team when the re­sults come back, pos­si­bly in about two weeks.

With­out him, the Bob­cats will look at four fresh­men — Jaylen Gip­son, Jalin Nel­son, Kishawn Kel­ley and Wil­lie Jones III. Nel­son was ini­tially listed as a run­ning back but has moved to quar­ter­back, which he played in high school.

T.V. Williams, who sat out last year af­ter trans­fer­ring, could re­join the team dur­ing the sea­son if he pulls his grades up this se­mes­ter.

Withers also said that an­other run­ning back, sopho­more Tyler Tutt, might miss the sea­son; he is still re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jury sus­tained last year.

Two tight ends com­mit:

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