SAN MARCOS – Last year, Texas receiver Marcell Barbee led the team in catches (40), receiving yards (584) and touchdowns (10) despite starting just four games.
His 10 touchdowns placed him at No. 2 on the school career touchdown catch list since Texas State became an FBS school in 2012. Javen Banks tops the list with 11, but they arrived for three seasons. The Barbee 10s arrived in their first season after transferring from Iowa Western Community College.
Barbee only needed one game this season to tie Banks, scoring Bay-20’s initial loss to the 29-20 at Texas State.
Now as a full-time starter, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound baby from Pueblo, Colorado, is once again leading the team with 12 catches of 123 yards and the only touchdown through two games. He earned eight maximum recipes in the race in last week’s 23-17 overtime win at Florida International.
“This year, the biggest difference is that we come together as a team,” Barbee said. “I feel that everyone on the team is very close. … We’re starting to find out that if we just buy what the coaches tell us, it will really help us in the game. It seems to me that we are working ten times more than last year ”.
After being a surprise collaborator last season, Barbee is poised to take on the leadership role of the receiver who was left vacant with the departure of Jeremiah Haydel. With a year of eligibility remaining, Haydel left for the NFL after 96 career catches for 1,141 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons.
“I’m definitely willing to get into that role,” Barbee said. “With Haydel gone, it’s obviously a special talent, but I think our receiving core is pretty deep at that level. I think we’re all ready to fill our shoes and be the next guy. “
Football: Texas State (4-2-1 and 1-0 Sun Belt) won Thursday in overtime at Coastal Carolina 2-1 to open the conference, their third straight win. Midfielder Trinity Clark scored the winning goal with just one second to go, at 99:59. The Bobcats will host the State of Georgia on Sunday.
Volleyball: The Bobcats (3-9) got a three-game losing streak Friday after sweeping UTEP in their second game of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi invitation. Texas State lost to the host Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night before beating UTEP on Friday morning. The Bobcats were scheduled to play at Tarleton State on Friday later.