Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 10

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan was back on the active roster this week, but he failed to earn any snaps on offense and appeared in just 7 special teams plays (27%) during the Vikings’ 26-20 loss to the Redskins.

Minnesota has now lost four straight games after their Week 6 bye that they entered as the league’s last remaining undefeated team at 5-0.

INACTIVES

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

NFL WEEK 11 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Arizona Cardinals – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 9

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

In Pat Shurmur’s first week in charge of the Vikings offense, David Morgan was named to the inactive list for the first time this season. Shurmur chose to use just two tight ends, receiver Kyle Rudolph and blocker Rhett Ellison, leaving Morgan and MyCole Pruitt on the outside looking in.

The one bright spot for Morgan fans came near the end of regulation when the Vikings ran a designed tight end handoff that saw Rhett Ellison score the first rushing touchdown of his career on his first-ever carry.

Why would this be good news for Morgan? Well, now we know Shurmur isn’t afraid to give the ball to the supposed blocking tight end, and Ellison showed that he perhaps shouldn’t be trusted with such a role when he fumbled the ball just after crossing the goal line.

If Shurmur prefers having two multi-faceted tight ends rather than the strict receiving/blocking roles that Norv Turner used then we may see Morgan start getting more of the TE2 snaps going forward.

Earlier this week, the Vikings waived MyCole Pruitt and signed him to the practice squad. Shurmur and his staff must feel confident enough in either Ellison or Morgan as a pass-catching tight end since Pruitt was largely seen as Rudolph’s backup in that role.

INACTIVES

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

NFL WEEK 10 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Washington Redskins – Noon – FOX

Week in Review – 11/4/16

FOOTBALL

In the annual is-it-or-isn’t-it-a-rivalry game against North Texas, the Roadrunners took care of business and extended their series lead to 3-1 with a 31-17 victory on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Jarveon Williams ran for 74 yards against the Mean Green and is now just 36 yards shy of becoming the program’s first 2,000-yard career rusher.

The other half of UTSA’s running back duo, Jalen Rhodes, notched his 6th and 7th rushing touchdowns this season, putting him just one score away from tying the season-high 8 rushing TDs set by Evans Okotcha in 2012 and matched by Williams in 2015.

UTSA (4-4, 3-2 C-USA) heads to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee (6-2, 3-1 C-USA) this Saturday as 19-point underdogs.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UTSA’s best season since 2011 came to an end on Friday, as the Roadrunners fell to Louisiana Tech 3-0 on Senior Night at Park West.

Needing a win and some help to qualify for the conference tournament, the Roadrunners’ postseason drought was extended to five seasons after the loss, but the future looks bright for the program that featured a very underclassmen-heavy roster under third-year head coach Greg Sheen.

UTSA forward Jordyn Lacy was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, becoming the first field player to receive the honor in program history. Lacy started every match this season and finished with five goals and five assists.

VOLLEYBALL

UTSA volleyball split their two matches over the weekend, defeating UAB in four sets on Friday before getting swept by Louisiana Tech on Sunday. It was the first sweep that the Roadrunners have suffered in conference play this year.

Despite the loss, UTSA remains second-best in the conference in terms of RPI (64) and have already clinched a C-USA tournament berth.


The Roadrunners (7-3 C-USA) return home to take on FAU (8-2) on Friday and FIU (2-8) on Sunday in their final two home games of the season.

MEN’S GOLF

The UTSA golf team finished in second place at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational on the back of Zander Lozano’s individual title. Lozano was named C-USA Player of the Week for his performance.

The team is in Hawaii this weekend to close out the fall season at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.

CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Conference USA Championships last weekend and finished in 8th and 9th place, respectively.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Roadrunners opened up the season last Friday with a 75-34 exhibition win over Texas A&M International. They will play one more exhibition game, at home against Trinity on Saturday, before kicking off the regular season on November 11.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

Teddy Williams was placed on injured reserve last week, while David Morgan II continued to struggle to get playing time in Norv Turner’s offense, but will now aim for a larger role under interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Read more: Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve & Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 8

UTSA basketball alum Ryan Bowie was selected in the NBA’s D-League Draft, with pick 17 of the fourth round (82nd overall) by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Skyforce will travel to Texas for six games this season (two each in Frisco, Cedar Park, and Hidalgo).

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 8

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

It was another disappointing week for fans of David Morgan, as the sixth-round draft pick only saw the field for two offensive snaps (3%) and five special teams snaps (19%) in the Vikings’ Monday night loss to the Bears.

It was a slight improvement over last week when all of the blocking tight end snaps went to incumbent Rhett Ellison, but it’s also the second straight week with less than 20% of snaps featuring two tight ends.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                      Off.     ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  57 93%   2  8%
Rhett Ellison    TE   9 15%  17 65%
David Morgan     TE   2  3%   5 19%

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

But the big news after the game was the resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner. While Turner was a big proponent of tight ends and the two-TE system, his replacement Pat Shurmur won’t be much different.

Shurmur’s familiarity with the unit may also work in Morgan’s favor, as he spent the first half of the season coaching tight ends and was likely involved in the decision to draft Morgan in April.

TEDDY WILLIAMS

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

Teddy Williams was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers last Friday with a left knee injury, effectively ending his season.

Read more: Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve

INACTIVES

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

NFL WEEK 9 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Detroit Lions – Noon – FOX

 

Week in Review – 10/27/16

It was a tough weekend for UTSA as volleyball split their matches against the league’s top two teams, soccer lost both of theirs and now need help to make the conference tournament, while football lost in the longest game in C-USA history.

FOOTBALL

The Roadrunners entered Saturday’s contest against UTEP with just their second multi-game winning streak in the last two and a half years, and a real shot at becoming bowl eligible for the first time in program history. But all that changed when UTSA squandered a 28-14 lead and lost to the Miners after five overtimes, 52-49.

The five-overtime performance was the longest game in UTSA and Conference USA history, and tied for the fifth-longest in all of FBS.

One of the bright spots for UTSA was Kerry Thomas Jr., who hauled in two touchdown passes and surpassed David Morgan II as UTSA’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns.

UTSA (3-4, 2-2 C-USA) takes on North Texas (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) this Saturday at the Alamodome, after the Mean Green shocked Army last week with a 35-18 victory over the 19-point favorites.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UTSA dropped both of their matches last weekend, falling 2-0 to WKU on Thursday and 2-1 in overtime against FIU on Sunday.

All four goals allowed by the Roadrunners came after the 80th minute, continuing a trend of late defensive struggles that have plagued the team all year.

Read more: Late goals doom Roadrunners heading into final weekend

Despite the losses, UTSA still has an outside shot at making the C-USA Tournament, as long as they can beat Louisiana Tech and get some help in four or five other league matches.

The Roadrunners (9 pts) take on Louisiana Tech (15 pts) at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Park West Athletic Complex. The team needs our support, so if you’re in town make your way out to Park West and support the ladies on their quest for their first C-USA Tournament appearance.

VOLLEYBALL

UTSA volleyball hosted the league’s two best teams last weekend, and the crowds at the Convo did not disappoint.

In their first match of the weekend against #2 Rice, the Roadrunners notched their second sweep in conference play and their first in the team’s last six games. Dajana Boskovic set the record for most kills in a three-game match with 27 against the Owls.

Sunday’s match against top-25 WKU proved to be a much larger challenge, however, as the Roadrunners only lasted four sets against the Hilltoppers and the league’s best team extended their winning streak to 13 games. It was the 22nd win for WKU this year, the second-most in all of Division I.

Despite the loss, UTSA moved up to 59th in the RPI rankings after the weekend’s performances, their highest ranking of the season.

The Roadrunners (6-2 C-USA) will travel out of state for two matches this weekend against UAB (3-6) and Louisiana Tech (1-8) as they look to punch their ticket to the conference tournament.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

It was a rather lackluster weekend for UTSA alumni in the NFL, with Teddy Williams and the Panthers on a bye week, while David Morgan II returned from injury but only earned five snaps all game in the Vikings first loss of the year.

Read more: Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 7

Both players will be back in action this weekend, as Williams looks to hold onto his newfound playing time, while Morgan looks to earn his back.