For the second consecutive week the Javelina defense held an opponent under 300 yards in last Saturday’s 24-7 defeat at Texas A&M-Commerce.

The Javelinas are allowing only 253 yards per game, which ranks them fourth in the Lone Star Conference. The Hogs are also third in the league in scoring defense and fourth in rush defense. This is just a year removed from finishing last in the league in total defense and next to last in the league in scoring defense.

A&M-Kingsville allowed only 29 yards rushing last week to A&M-Commerce, the fewest rushing yards allowed by a Javelina defense since holding Texas College to -6 yards rushing in the 2005 season opener. It was the fewest yards allowed to an LSC foe since Angelo State had -21 yards on the ground against the Hogs on November 6, 2004.

Garza Will Start Saturday

Redshirt freshman David Garza (Laredo United) will make his second consecutive start at quarterback Saturday against Western Oregon. Garza started last Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Commerce, completing 7 of 16 passes for 39 yards. True freshman Kolten Thigpen (Hondo) will again see action in a relief role. Last week he was 5 of 15 for 48 yards and an interception. He led the Javelinas on their only touchdown drive of the night against Texas A&M-Commerce.

Youth Being Served

Several freshmen have already made quite an impact on the Javelina program this fall.

Last week true freshman Dondi Cooks (North Mesquite) had a breakthrough. The defensive tackle had five tackles including a quarterback sack. Receiver Ryan Lincoln (Bastrop) is second on the team with seven receptions for 91 yards, averaging 13 yards per catch. He has the longest pass reception so far this season with a 33-yard grab against Southwestern Oklahoma.

True freshman Colby Lowrie (Sweeny) has started each of the first two games at offensive tackle, a rarity for an offensive lineman coming directly from high school.