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Texas State's move to FBS starts with a bang, especially for their defense.

The Bobcats will try to slow down Houston and then Texas Tech to open the season.

"That's what we've been working so hard for in the summer, guys staying after, doing the extra that we need to do, because we know these teams are going to come out with things such as no-huddle offenses, and they're going to be airing it out 100 times a game," said cornerback Darryl Morris.

It doesn't end there. Offensive powers like Navy and Nevada also litter the Cats schedule to go along with a tougher conference than ever.

"We play air rage systems, we play the triple-option system, we play the pistol system -- we'll play seven offenses that were in the top-20 in offense last year," defensive coordinator Craig Naivar said.

That number doesn't scare the Bobcats, who say the strength of this defense lies at defensive back.

"I think we're going to be pretty good. We've got a lot of returning guys in the secondary," said Morris.

"I see a lot of improvement as far as our techniques have gotten way better, and our secondary has gotten way better," added cornerback Craig Mager said.

In year two of Craig Naivar's 4-2-5 defense, he says there's no comparison to this point last year.

"The retention rate's been tremendous. We crawled and walked and now we're running with it. We were extremely based last year, and we've been able to put some more packages in and be more aggressive with some things and put guys in better positions than we did last year," said Naivar.

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