Roadrunners in the NFL: Morgan’s first catch, Price gets raise

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

For the first time in his NFL career, David Morgan hauled in a pass from Sam Bradford midway through the second quarter of the Vikings’ Christmas Eve game against Green Bay, gaining four yards before being tackled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It was the rookie’s only target of the game.

Morgan was utilized on seven offensive snaps (9%) and seven special teams snaps (21%), the most since Week 2 prior to Rhett Ellison’s return from injury.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                       Off.      ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  75 96%   4 12%
Rhett Ellison    TE  21 27%  16 47%
David Morgan     TE   7  9%   7 21%

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Morgan also returned his second kickoff of the season, this one for 11 yards before being tackled by Jordan Tripp, bringing his career total up to 29 yards.

Here is an updated list of every yard gained in the NFL by UTSA alumni:

  • 10/27/2013 – Teddy Williams 51-yard reception (ARI vs ATL)
  • 10/16/2016 – Teddy Williams 19-yard interception return (CAR @ NO)
  • 12/11/2016 – David Morgan 18-yard kickoff return (MIN @ JAX)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 4-yard reception (MIN @ GB)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 11-yard kickoff return (MIN @ GB)

BRIAN PRICE

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Despite being released from the Packers active roster and spending the last ten weeks on their practice squad, former UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price has apparently garnered interest from multiple NFL teams in need of defensive line help, including the Indianapolis Colts.

In order to prevent Price from leaving Green Bay, his salary was increased to $26,470/week from the league minimum salary of $6,900/week.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 17 MATCHUPS

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, January 1 – Noon – FOX

 

Final C-USA bowl projections prior to Selection Day

Selection Day is finally upon us. We should know where UTSA and the rest of Conference USA’s bowl-eligible teams are headed later this afternoon, but here are our final projections to hold you over until then.

UTSA will officially unveil their bowl destination at approximately 1:45 p.m. today on Facebook Live.

There have already been a handful of bowl swaps that didn’t impact C-USA, but any swaps that might change the C-USA bowl picture would likely be between multiple ESPN-owned bowls.

Bowl games owned by ESPN

  • Armed Forces Bowl
  • Birmingham Bowl
  • Bahamas Bowl*
  • Boca Raton Bowl*
  • Camellia Bowl
  • Celebration Bowl
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
  • Hawaiʻi Bowl*
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl*
  • Las Vegas Bowl
  • New Mexico Bowl*
  • St. Petersburg Bowl
  • Texas Bowl

*C-USA tie-in

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m.
University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
C-USA vs. Mountain West #2-6
2015 Payout: $456,250

Almost everyone is in agreement now that UTSA will be heading to Albuquerque for their first-ever bowl game, but you never know if ESPN will make a last-minute shift to try to create better match-ups elsewhere and send us to one of their other bowls.

Prediction: UTSA (6-6) vs. New Mexico (8-4)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 8:00 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
C-USA vs. Sun Belt #1
2015 Payout: $500,000

Multiple media outlets have now reported that the New Orleans Bowl will feature Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette. Given the ODU to Hawaii Bowl announcement, I don’t see anything that would get in the way of this.

Prediction: Southern Miss (6-6) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6)

Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 6:00 p.m.
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
C-USA vs. American #7
2015 Payout: $400,000

Western Kentucky are your C-USA Champs and will be heading to Boca for some of that south Florida recruiting. I previously put UCF in the slot opposite WKU, but it looks like they will go elsewhere in-state to the Miami Beach Bowl, so Memphis is the consensus to fill in here.

Prediction: Western Kentucky (10-3) vs. Memphis (8-4)

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 23, 12:00 p.m.
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
C-USA vs. MAC #2-5 or American #6
2015 Payout: $450,000

It was confirmed last week that Old Dominion would face Eastern Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl.

Prediction: Old Dominion (9-3) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-5)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Friday, December 23, 3:30 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Big 12 #7 vs. American (Navy, if eligible)
2015 Payout: $675,000

This is where things start to get interesting. The Big 12 only has six bowl-eligible teams and this is their 7th slot, so I thought North Texas would be a shoo-in here given their proximity to the bowl. However, a report from Brett McMurphy at ESPN (who own this bowl, for what that’s worth) has a Big 12 team, likely Baylor, taking on Navy.

It seems reasonable that the Big 12 might try to dump their Cactus Bowl bid against a Mountain West opponent in favor of the Armed Forces Bowl against Navy, but the Cactus Bowl promises a very nice payout ($3.3 million last year) and it is owned by the Fiesta Bowl, not by ESPN, making the deal much more difficult to complete in such a short amount of time.

I’ve gone back and forth on this a few times, but it just makes so much more sense for all parties involved to have Louisiana Tech here and have the Big 12 retain their tie-in with the Cactus Bowl.

Prediction: Louisiana Tech (8-5) vs. Navy (9-3, game vs. Army remaining)

Hawai’i Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
C-USA vs. Mountain West #2-6
2015 Payout: $650,000

Nothing has come out to cast any doubt on this Middle Tennessee-Hawaii match-up, and I don’t foresee any last-minute swaps here.

Prediction: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Hawaii (6-7)

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 11:00 a.m.
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas
C-USA vs. Big Ten #8-9
2015 Payout: $1.1 million

Louisiana Tech seemed like the obvious favorite for the Heart of Dallas Bowl for weeks now, but the aforementioned ESPN report has North Texas here against Army, and it makes sense for C-USA to go local with the Heart of Dallas since the Big Ten couldn’t provide a Power-Five opponent for us.

Prediction: North Texas (5-7) vs. Army (6-5, game vs. Navy remaining)

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 9:15 p.m.
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Big 12 #6 vs. Pac-12 #7 (Backup: Mountain West)
2015 Payout: $3.3 million

With the Pac-12 unable to provide a team for the Cactus Bowl, their spot defaults to the backup Mountain West tie-in. Faced with the potential of matching up with a Group-of-Five opponent either way, perhaps the Big 12 worked a deal to keep their Armed Forces slot against a quality Navy team and give up Cactus to Louisiana Tech, but I just don’t see it happening with a non-ESPN bowl.

Prediction: Baylor (6-6) vs. Boise State (10-2)

 

Tuesday Roundup: UTSA is bowl eligible, ODU to Bahamas, and more

[Football] UTSA is officially bowl-eligible after defeating Charlotte 33-14 on Saturday. Kerry Thomas had a school-record 145 receiving yards in the game. (goUTSA) (Underdog Dynasty)

[Football] Pre-orders are available now for UTSA bowl game tickets. It’s important to buy tickets through UTSA so that the ticket revenue will go to the school and to make us more attractive to our bowl partners in the future. Also, you will receive a free commemorative t-shirt for each ticket purchased through UTSA. (goUTSA)

[Football] UTSA will host a bonus edition of The Frank Wilson Show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, live on Ticket 760 AM. (goUTSA)

[Football] Making the case for Frank Wilson as C-USA Coach of the Year. (Underdog Dynasty)

[C-USA] The Underdog Dynasty Power Rankings have UTSA at #4, and Western Kentucky moves above Louisiana Tech at #1. (Underdog Dynasty)

[C-USA] With Southern Miss surprisingly reaching bowl eligibility, the Conference USA bowl picture was shaken up with less than a week to go before matchups are officially unveiled. UTSA is still likely heading to New Mexico, but Heart of Dallas and Armed Forces aren’t out of the question. (Underdog Dynasty) (RowdyReport)

[C-USA] Old Dominion has accepted an invite to the Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl on December 23 against Eastern Michigan. (ODU)

 

Updated C-USA bowl projections heading into championship weekend

Thanks to a Southern Miss upset over Louisiana Tech last week, the Conference USA bowl picture now has one too many teams and quite a few of our projections have shifted around to accommodate the Golden Eagles.

Bowl-eligible: Western Kentucky (9-3), Old Dominion (9-3), Louisiana Tech (8-4), Middle Tennessee (8-4), UTSA (6-6), Southern Miss (6-6), North Texas (5-7, eligible based on APR)

Eliminated: Charlotte (4-8), FIU (4-8), UTEP (4-8), FAU (3-9), Marshall (3-9), Rice (3-9)

All bowl matchups will officially be announced on Selection Day, next Sunday, December 4.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m.
University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
C-USA vs. Mountain West #2-6
2015 Payout: $456,250

Albuquerque still seems to be the most likely option for the Roadrunners in their first-ever bowl game, but it is certainly possible that UTSA and North Texas end up trading spots.

Prediction: UTSA (6-6) vs. New Mexico (8-4)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 8:00 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
C-USA vs. Sun Belt #1
2015 Payout: $500,000

Old Dominion looked to have the New Orleans Bowl locked up until Southern Miss pulled off the upset over Louisiana Tech. The Golden Eagles are less than two hours from New Orleans and have appeared in this bowl four times previously, so they will be the likely choice now that they are eligible.

Prediction: Southern Miss (6-6) vs. Appalachian State (9-3)

Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 6:00 p.m.
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
C-USA vs. American #7
2015 Payout: $400,000

Western Kentucky may have some better opponents available in other bowls, but they recruit Florida much more heavily than Texas, so they should stick with Boca Raton.

Prediction: Western Kentucky (9-3) vs. UCF (6-6)

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 23, 12:00 p.m.
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
C-USA vs. MAC #2-5 or American #6
2015 Payout: $450,000

We received the news today that Old Dominion has agreed to play in the Bahamas Bowl, making their first bowl appearance since moving up to FBS.

Prediction: Old Dominion (9-3) vs. Miami (OH) (6-6)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Friday, December 23, 3:30 p.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Big 12 #7 vs. American (Navy, if eligible)
2015 Payout: $675,000

If South Alabama and ULL both win, or if Texas turns down an invite, the Big 12 will be one team shy of filling all of their bowl contracts and the Armed Forces Bowl will likely be the one that has to look elsewhere.

They would probably prefer to provide a stronger opponent to face a ranked Navy team, but North Texas’ proximity and the ticket revenue that comes with it will win out.

Prediction: North Texas (5-7) vs. Navy (9-2, game vs. Army remaining)

Hawai’i Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
C-USA vs. Mountain West #2-6
2015 Payout: $650,000

Middle Tennessee is still my pick for the Hawaii Bowl as they want as much time as possible to try to get Stockstill healthy. Hawaii is guaranteed the Mountain West spot after becoming eligible with a 6-7 record.

Prediction: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Hawaii (6-7)

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Tuesday, December 27, 11:00 a.m.
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas
C-USA vs. Big Ten #8-9
2015 Payout: $1.1 million

The Big Ten will likely have four teams in New Year’s Six bowls, leaving them unable to provide a team for the Heart of Dallas. With Mississippi State becoming eligible based on APR, they would be a good matchup for C-USA West winners Louisiana Tech.

Prediction: Louisiana Tech (8-4) vs. Mississippi State (5-7)

 

Saturday Roundup: UTSA looking to become bowl eligible, Southern Miss shakes up bowl picture, and more

[Football] Previewing UTSA vs. Charlotte, as bowl eligibility is on the line. (goUTSA) (Underdog Dynasty)

[Football] UTSA good in the red zone, bad at avoiding negative plays, and Charlotte can’t defend the pass. (mySA)

[Football] Conference USA bowl payouts may not work the way you think they do, and why it makes sense for WKU to choose Boca. (RowdyReport)

[Basketball] UTSA limits Texas State to 30% shooting and defeats the Bobcats 63-48. (goUTSA)

[C-USA] Southern Miss shakes up the C-USA bowl picture with 39-24 upset win over C-USA West champs Louisiana Tech. (Forgotten5)

[C-USA] North Texas looks to become bowl eligible at UTEP, which could leave C-USA one bowl tie-in short of its number of bowl-eligible team. (Underdog Dynasty)