Bryan London II
It’s gone largely unnoticed given Texas State’s lack of success on the field, but London has been one of the nation’s top linebackers the last couple of seasons. The 6-2, 232-pound senior led the Sun Belt with 109 stops last season after racking up 91 tackles as a sophomore. He started his final season with four tackles and a red-zone interception against Texas A&M. London forms one of the Sun Belt’s more formidable linebacker tandems with Nikolas Daniels.
Anthony D. Taylor
Taylor hasn’t been all that productive during his career, but the Bobcats may need him to try to take some of the pressure off Texas State’s two quarterbacks as the Bobcats continue to try to figure out that position. Taylor, whose best season came as a sophomore when he ran for 436 yards, had just 19 yards on seven carries against Texas A&M. The Bobcats netted just 8 rushing yards in that game.
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The secret is out on Chambers, who’s becoming one of the more physical runners in the Mountain West regardless of position. Chambers has played injury-free in four of his five career games to this point, and he’s rushed for more than 100 yards in all of them after going for 120 yards on 12 carries against Missouri. That included a career-long 75-yarder in which he used a forceful stiff-arm to break free for a touchdown. But the same question lingers: Can Chambers do enough through the air to keep defenses honest?
Questions surrounded the safety position in the offseason with the losses of Andrew Wingard and Marcus Epps, but Halliburton helped alleviate some of them with the best performance of his career against Missouri. The senior racked up a career-high 17 tackles (13 solo) and also had a fumble recovery. The truth is Halliburton picked up where he left off last season when he finished as the Cowboys’ fourth-leading tackler after moving into the starting lineup midway through the season.