GJ Kinne welcomes new and old faces for Texas State in 2024

In 2023, Texas State head coach GJ Kinne led the Bobcats to their best finish as an FBS program (8-5) and their first FBS bowl victory. In 2024, expectations for Texas State are arguably higher than ever.

Luckily for Kinne, he will have many of the key players from his offense from last season, which averaged a Sun Belt-best 36.7 points per game. He has a new (likely) starting quarterback, former James Madison QB Jordan McCloud, but top rusher Ismail Mahdi and top receiver Joey Hobert are back. In total, 65% of Texas State's total production from last season will return in 2024.

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Before 2023, Mahdi (Houston Christian) and Hobert (Utah Tech) were two examples of players who transferred with multiple years of eligibility. Kinne's staff worked hard to find players who did, hoping they could lay a foundation for years to come.

“I think last year we just found guys that we thought could add value to our roster and I think we found a lot of guys, which was good to see,” Kinne said during the Sun Belt Spring Media Availability. “I think it was more about finding good guys and good players and whenever you can do that, you give yourself a chance. That's what we're continuing to do.”

In addition to former Sun Belt Player of the Year McCloud, the backfield will be bolstered this season by former UTEP running backs Deion Hankins and Torrance Burgess Jr. On the defensive side of the ball, former four-star edge players Tunmise Adeleye (Michigan State) and Steven Parker (Incarnate Word) are incredibly interesting additions.

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If the Bobcats play their cards right, they could return to the FBS postseason for the second consecutive year, something that has never happened in San Marcos. They could even compete for the Sun Belt Conference title.

Kinne and his team will begin the season on August 31 against Lamar.