Top 10 returning players at Texas State led by WRs Marcell Barbee, Javen Banks

The top 10 returning players at Texas State are headlined by the wide receiver duo of Marcell Barbee and Javen Banks.

A new quarterback will lead the Texas State Bobcats in 2022, but their top returning players showcase just how successful this team could be next season. A two-headed monster at running back returns, while the club’s top two targets from a season ago present mismatches on the outside. Marcell Barbee and Javen Banks are big options and viable candidates to finish on the All-Sun Belt teams this year.

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Top 10 returning players at Texas State

The countdown to the regular season continues here during Pro Football Network’s top 10 returning players series. We’ve crossed the country to the Sun Belt and have firmly entrenched ourselves across the southeastern portion of the country with our look into each FBS team.

Looking only at players returning to their same team from a season ago — we’ll deal with transfers later — we’re counting down all the top 10 players returning to action on every team. Here are the top returners from Texas State.

10) Kordell Rodgers, CB

It was just nine games worth of action, but Kordell Rodgers proved he could play at a big-time level. Leading the team with seven pass breakups, Rodgers had the most combined plays on the ball a season ago despite playing in just nine outings. He’s been around the block at Texas State as he enters his sixth season with the program. Riding what may have been his most consistent play from a season ago, Rodgers could go out with a bang.

9) Jahmyl Jeter, RB

Despite deploying an Air Raid offense, the Bobcats are helped by a true two-headed monster at running back. Jahmyl Jeter, the bigger of the two backs, presents the thunder punch from the backfield. He’ll bowl defenders over and always looks to initiate contact. He has great vision and led the team with eight touchdowns a year ago because of it.

8) Calvin Hill, RB

Calvin Hill represents the lightning strike on the Texas State offense. He’s the shifiter of the two and as elusive as they get in the open field. Hill also has terrific vision, but his patience to allow the rushing lanes to open is what jumps out when watching him play. Both Jeter and Hill are valuable contributors in the receiving game if called upon, as Hill recorded 18 receptions a season ago.

7) Sione Tupou, LB

Finishing second on the team in total tackles, Sione Tupou is the leading returner in terms of total production. His 75 total tackles were 16 more than any other returning player, and Tupou is back again to patrol the middle of the field. The former UTEP transfer has now had two great seasons at Texas State. He’s sound in every facet and has great instincts.

6) Dalton Cooper, OT

Layne Hatcher will never have to worry about his blindside as Dalton Cooper will have that protected. Cooper is a mountain of a man at 6’6″ and 300 pounds, but he moves much better than you’d expect. He’s a stalwart in pass protection, but when Texas State needed to move the rock off the left side, he was typically in front of the rushing attack with great success.

5) Jarron Morris, CB

Sure, he missed essentially every game from a season ago after injuring himself in Week 1, but Jarron Morris is a former All-Sun-Belt cornerback with a high upside in coverage. Morris is a sticky cover corner with terrific ball skills. He’ll burst to the ball at the catch point and force incompletions with the best of them. His boom-or-bust play style may be criticized, but it results in positive production.

4) Kyle Hergel, G

Texas State returns a bevy of experience on the offensive line, but Kyle Hergel is the most notable. He’s a mean man on the inside, dominating in front of the two-headed running back duo and setting clean pockets for his quarterback. The big man presents a great base and has strong hands at the point of contact. Balance is no issue, as he’ll plant defenders on their backs and is rarely out of position.

3) Jordan Revels, EDGE

Flipping from defensive end to outside linebacker, Jordan Revels can use his new position and new frame to continue to wreak havoc off the edge. Revels has reportedly slimmed down since transitioning positions and will use his speed to once again get after the passer.

After recording a team-high 7 1/2 tackles for loss last year, the 6’1″, 245-pounder is back again to do the same. How quickly Revels reacts to his new position will be something to watch early next season as opposing coordinators won’t have film on him to stud — he could break out early.

2) Marcell Barbee, WR

A well-known commodity to those initiated in the Sun Belt, Marcell Barbee is back for his third season with the Bobcats. He showcased what makes him such a special receiver on multiple occasions last season after breaking out in 2020.

Through two seasons, Barbee has caught 15 touchdown passes. Still, the redshirt senior may be in for his best season to date in 2022. Like his teammate on the outside, Barbee has great size and presents a mismatch for any defensive back in the Sun Belt to contend with all game long.

1) Javen Banks, WR

Averaging 15.4 yards per catch in an Air Raid offense is something special. And Javen Banks is just that: special.

Banks finished with 553 receiving yards on just 36 receptions and tied Barbee with five touchdowns. The big man from Wichita Falls returns to put his secure hands and size mismatch on the outside on display once again. Banks has great speed for his size and a surprising shiftiness in his routes.

Honorable mention players returning to Texas State in 2022

  • DeJordan Mask, CB
  • London Harris, LB
  • Chandler Speights, WR
  • Jackson Lanam, TE
  • Russell Baker, OL
  • Nico Ezidore, EDGE

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here and follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.

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