Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 5

Brian Price

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Two weeks after making his NFL debut, Brian Price’s Green Bay Packers were back in action this week off a bye, but Price was named inactive ahead of their game against the New York Giants. With teammate Mike Pennell returning from suspension next week, it looks like Price may be headed back to the practice squad.

In case you missed it, Brian Price became the first UTSA alum to be included in Jimmy Fallon’s NFL Superlatives last week. Check out the full clip here.

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan remained out with a knee injury for the second week in a row, but with the Vikings bye week upcoming he is likely to return in time for their next game. Talking with the media this week, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said that “Morgan carved out a role as kind of a blocking tight end” prior to his injury.

Fellow tight ends Rhett Ellison and MyCole Pruitt have also missed time due to injuries, so the first to get healthy will likely have the upper hand in the competition for TE2 behind Kyle Rudolph.

Teddy Williams

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

After three weeks on the inactive list, Teddy Williams made the active roster this week following a shakeup of Carolina’s secondary that saw them cut starting cornerback Bene Benwikere.

Williams did get himself on the stat sheet with a third down pass deflection early in the second quarter, but he will be remembered more for the play that followed as he ran into punt returner Ted Ginn, Jr. causing him to drop the ball and give possession right back to Tampa Bay.

With the loss to the Buccaneers, Carolina falls to 1-4 just one season removed from their Super Bowl appearance.

As usual, Williams saw most of his action on special teams snaps, with a team-high 22 (88%), while making 10 appearances at cornerback (14%).

Carolina Panthers Defensive Snap Chart

                        Def.      ST
Player            Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Daryl Worley       CB  73 100%  10 40%
Kurt Coleman       SS  73 100%   8 32%
Robert McClain     CB  73 100%   5 20%
Luke Kuechly       LB  73 100%   5 20%
Kony Ealy          DE  52  71%   5 20%
Kawann Short       DT  51  70%   5 20%
Shaq Thompson      LB  50  68%  15 60%
Star Lotulelei     DT  43  59%   5 20%
Michael Griffin    FS  42  58%   5 20%
Charles Johnson    DE  42  58%   0  0%
A.J. Klein         LB  37  51%  17 68%
Thomas Davis       LB  36  49%   5 20%
Tre Boston         FS  31  42%  12 48%
Lavar Edwards      DE  30  41%   0  0%
Kyle Love          DT  29  40%   0  0%
Mario Addison      DE  28  38%  13 52%
Paul Soliai        DT  16  22%   0  0%
Zack Sanchez       CB  14  19%   0  0%
Teddy Williams     CB  10  14%  22 88%

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POTENTIAL WEEK 6 MATCHUPS

  • Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams) @ New Orleans Saints – Noon – FOX
  • Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers (Brian Price) – 3:25pm – FOX

 

Week in Review – 10/7/16

Football

The UTSA football team got a much needed bye last weekend coming off three straight losses and a 1-3 start to the season.

The Roadrunners return to action at the Alamodome on Saturday against the 4-1 Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who look to knock off a third Texas C-USA team in as many weeks.

Volleyball

The winning streak continued for UTSA as they defeated North Texas on Friday and UTEP on Sunday. Both matches saw UTSA take the first two sets, only to allow their opponents to rally back and take it to five sets, which UTSA ultimately won in both cases.

Outside hitter Dajana Boskovic was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season as she recorded a league-high 41 kills in the two matches last weekend.

The NCAA released the first set of RPI rankings this week, with UTSA coming in at 56th, joined by conference foes WKU (22) and Rice (80) in the top 100. All three teams are sitting on 7+ game winning streaks and undefeated in conference.

The Roadrunners have now won nine straight matches, with their last loss coming over a month ago on September 3 against Army. They travel to Huntington, WV for a match-up with 13-5 Marshall (2-1 C-USA) on Sunday as they go for ten straight.

Women’s Soccer

After a promising start to the season, the Roadrunners came away with zero points from two matches this weekend. ODU dominated the match on Friday, out-shooting the Roadrunners 14-6 on the way to a 3-0 shutout.

Sunday’s match at Charlotte saw UTSA squander a 2-1 halftime lead to lose 3-2 after double overtime. UTSA now sits at the bottom of the table with 3 points, tied with Middle Tennessee, who the Roadrunners defeated in the opening match of conference play.

UTSA returns home this weekend and looks to get back on track with two in-state conference matches against 2-2 Rice on Friday and league-leading North Texas (3-0) on Sunday.

Roadrunners in the NFL

None of UTSA’s alumni were in action last week, but it sounds like we may see both Teddy Williams and Brian Price return to action in Week 5, while David Morgan II remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 4

*crickets*

Perhaps it is fitting that UTSA’s bye week would also extend to its alumni in the NFL. Teddy Williams remained inactive for the Panthers for the third straight week, and Brian Price’s Green Bay Packers are on a bye this week.

After leaving last week’s game with a knee injury, David Morgan did not practice this week and was ruled out of the Vikings Monday night matchup against the New York Giants. A timetable for his recovery is unknown, but he has not been placed on the injured reserve so a return sometime within the next eight weeks is likely.

 

Potential Week 5 Matchups

  • Houston Texans @ Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) – Noon – CBS
  • New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers (Brian Price) – 7:30pm – NBC
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams) – Monday 7:30pm – ESPN

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 3

The NFL’s third week provided us with another debut for a UTSA alum and some bad news for another, while former track star Teddy Williams remained inactive with the Panthers, depriving us of our first Roadrunner vs. Roadrunner action of the year.

Brian Price

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Brian Price
Brian Price

Last Thursday, the Green Bay Packers announced that they signed UTSA alum Brian Price from the practice squad to the active roster, and he immediately received praise from an NFL personnel executive.

“I like Brian Price. He’s got a chance.”

Price saw the field on ten snaps (15%) and “didn’t look out of place,” which is high praise for a rookie making his NFL debut.

The Packers have been riddled with injuries on the defensive side of the ball, making Price one of eight rookies to get playing time for Green Bay in Week 3.

Green Bay Packers Defensive Snap Chart

                          Def.      ST
Player              Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix    FS  68 100%   6 21%
Quinten Rollins      CB  67  99%   8 28%
Micah Hyde           SS  67  99%   6 21%
Ladarius Gunter      CB  63  93%  11 38%
Damarious Randall    CB  57  84%   6 21%
Jake Ryan            LB  56  82%   8 28%
Nick Perry           LB  51  75%   2  7%
Mike Daniels         DT  46  68%   6 21%
Kenny Clark          DT  42  62%  12 41%
Joe Thomas           LB  38  56%   8 28%
Kyler Fackrell       LB  37  54%  22 76%
Julius Peppers       LB  32  47%  12 41%
Blake Martinez       LB  30  44%   5 17%
Jayrone Elliott      LB  28  41%  14 48%
Christian Ringo      NT  24  35%   1  3%
Kentrell Brice       FS  12  18%  23 79%
Dean Lowry           DE  11  16%   6 21%
Brian Price          DT  10  15%   0  0%
Josh Hawkins         CB   7  10%   6 21%
Chris Banjo          FS   2   3%  11 38%

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David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan II
David Morgan II

On a weekend that Roadrunner fans already wanted for forget, we were hit with even more bad news as David Morgan II was injured in the Vikings 22-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. He left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.

Even before the injury, it appeared that Rhett Ellison had surpassed Morgan and regained his job as the blocking tight end for the Vikings, as Morgan only saw action on 3 offensive snaps (6%) and 4 special teams snaps (15%), far fewer than Ellison’s 21 and 16.

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Snap Chart

                              Off.      ST
Player                  Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Brandon Fusco             G  54 100%   3 11%
Joe Berger                C  54 100%   3 11%
Andre Smith               T  54 100%   3 11%
T.J. Clemmings            T  54 100%   3 11%
Sam Bradford             QB  54 100%   0  0%
Kyle Rudolph             TE  52  96%   3 11%
Stefon Diggs             WR  48  89%   0  0%
Charles Johnson          WR  38  70%   0  0%
Jeremiah Sirles           T  35  65%   3 11%
Jerick McKinnon          RB  35  65%   0  0%
Adam Thielen             WR  32  59%  11 41%
Rhett Ellison            TE  21  39%  16 59%
Matt Asiata              RB  19  35%   4 15%
Alex Boone                G  19  35%   0  0%
Zach Line                FB  16  30%  11 41%
Cordarrelle Patterson    WR   5   9%   6 22%
David Morgan             TE   3   6%   4 15%
Jarius Wright            WR   1   2%   0  0%

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer remained vague on the subject of Morgan’s injury and wouldn’t give a timetable on his return, but did say that he wouldn’t be put on injured reserve.