Since UTSA is in a reclassification year, the team and players aren’t technically considered in the FBS statistical rankings, but here’s how we would stack up in some defensive categories if we were ranked.
Redshirt freshman safety Nic Johnston would be tied for second in the nation with three fumble recoveries, only behind UAB linebacker Greg Irvin.
The team as a whole have eight fumble recoveries, which would tie them for eighth best in the FBS.
In turnovers gained, UTSA would be tied with LSU and others at #15 with 14 turnovers, and would be tied with Alabama with a +3 turnover margin.
The Roadrunner Hard Hat Defense has been among the best in the country, holding their opponents to a 62% red zone efficiency, which ties Rutgers for fifth best red zone defense in the FBS, behind only Oklahoma, Michigan, Stanford and Kansas State.
Marlon Smith leads the team in sacks with .86 per game, which would place him #15 in the nation, while UTSA’s 2.67 total team sacks would have them tied for #24.
Arguably the most dominant player on UTSA’s roster, Steven Kurfehs would be tied for #20 in the nation with an average 10 tackles per game.
Last but certainly not least, for a team comprised almost entirely of freshmen and redshirt freshmen, most would think that penalties would be a problem for such an inexperienced squad, but that’s not the case for the Roadrunners. With only 5.33 penalties per game, UTSA would rank in the top third of the FBS.
Take it for what it’s worth, considering we’ve played half of our games against FCS and the other half against sub-FCS, but these statistics are still very impressive for a first-year program.