The Roadrunners kicked off their second week of spring camp this week, with Dan McCarney providing his insight on last Wednesday’s practice, Saturday’s scrimmage, and Monday’s practice. You can also check out the write-up and stats from Saturday’s scrimmage on goUTSA.com.
Despite many nagging injuries, the receivers continue to impress, while Tucker Carter and Ryan Polite are creating quite the quarterback controversy by outperforming incumbent starter Eric Soza in the weekend scrimmage. Along the offensive line, Patrick Hoog appears to be every bit as good as we had hoped, while Josh Walker is making a push into the starting rotation with a strong spring. The running game still seems to be where it was last year, with no clear leader in the competition despite Evans Okotcha’s move from running back to tailback.
With defensive coordinator Neal Neathery beginning to implement a more complex defense than we saw last year, it looks like much of the personnel will remain unchanged. Walk-on Jarron Harris is a player that could be making his way into the rotation at defensive end. The secondary will be looking for help from the recruits joining the team in the fall after allowing a 100-yard receiver in each of the two scrimmages played this spring.
UTSA also released their walk-on tryout information earlier last week, with the tryouts slated for September 4, just five days after the Roadrunners kick off their second season in Mobile, Alabama against the 2009 startup South Alabama Jaguars.
This whole C-USA/Mountain West conference discussion seems to be changing every day, now with uncertainty over whether it will be an alliance or a merger, or if it will even happen at all. But the good news is that however it works out, UTSA wants to be a part of it, and it sounds like some local business leaders are about ready to pull the trigger and provide a much needed boost to the football budget in order to make the school a more viable candidate.
UTSA’s baseball team continues to struggle, failing to get a win in four outings this week. They started off the week with an 18-14 loss to UT-Pan American on Tuesday, followed by a series sweep by #28 Sam Houston State, run-ruling the final two contests to close out the weekend.
After losing seven of their last eight games, the UTSA softball team got back on track with a series sweep over Northwestern State this weekend, winning on Friday, 6-5, and on Saturday, 6-4. The team is now 3-3 in conference with three doubleheaders this week against Houston Baptist (Wednesday in Houston), Sam Houston State (Friday at home) and Central Arkansas (Saturday at home).