Week in Review – 4/3/12

Football

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.

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Travis Bush takes UH job

Former UTSA offensive coordinator Travis Bush has accepted the position of running backs coach at the University of Houston, replacing former RB coach Claude Mathis.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Cougar family,” Bush said. “It’s been great to see the progress the football program has made over the past few years and it’s evident that the administration and the university have made a commitment to excellence with regards to athletics and academics. I had the opportunity to play for Coach Levine, and he has always been someone I’ve admired. He has put together an amazing staff, and I’m honored to be working along side them.”

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UTSA picks up 8th commitment from Juco QB

Tucker Carter, a quarterback from Trinity Valley C.C., made his commitment to play football at UTSA earlier this evening.

The 6’3″, 210 lb QB was named SWJCFC Offensive Player of the Year after putting up some great numbers this year, including a game against Navarro in which he accounted for 7 touchdowns. He was also named an Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American, making him one of the top 5 Juco QBs in the nation.

He visited campus this past weekend and apparently came away very impressed. This makes him the fourth commitment in the past week for the UTSA football program, increasing the total commit count to eight.

Carter should provide some nice competition at the quarterback spot for 2012, which many had assumed was Soza’s job to lose. Even if he doesn’t take the starting job, he should be able to push Soza, Polite and Conque to get better, and he’ll be a solid backup in case Soza (or whoever is starting) gets hurt.

Week 5 Preview – UTSA @ Sam Houston State

Alright, time for a quick preview of the game from Houston before I head off to Huntsville.

First, some injury news:

SS Lekenwic Haynes will be playing his first game in a UTSA uniform. The Ole Miss transfer missed the first month of the season with a foot injury, but should be good to go today. Even though he’s listed behind Nic Johnston as the backup Dawg safety, I would expect the coaching staff to occasionally play them both at the same time, moving Johnston to Rover.

WR Earon Holmes will be making his long awaited debut today as well. As the tallest wide receiver on the roster (6’4″ – behind only Marlon Smith, David Morgan and a few offensive lineman) he was one of Soza’s favorite targets last fall. He might not be used too much today, but expect some big plays out of Holmes throughout his career at UTSA.

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Game 2 Preview – UTSA vs. McMurry

The UTSA Roadrunners opened their inaugural season in front of 56,743 fans last week with a convincing 31-3 victory over the Northeastern State RiverHawks. The star of the show was undoubtedly sophomore quarterback Eric Soza, who led the Roadrunners to three touchdowns on each of their first three drives, rushing for the first and passing to Jake Wanamaker and Kam Jones for the next two.

We could see more of the same from Soza this week as UTSA’s next opponent, the McMurry War Hawks, are coming into San Antonio hoping to bounce back from the 82-6 thrashing given to them by Stephen F. Austin.

McMurry is a private university located in Abilene, Texas with an enrollment of just under 1,500 students, less than 5% of the student body at UTSA. The War Hawks currently compete at the Division III level as a member of the American Southwest Conference, but will move up to D-II in 2012-13 and compete as an independent in football, while other sports join the Heartland Conference.

The War Hawks are a team that is built around their passing game, led by quarterback Jake Mullin, who was named a first-team Preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services. He threw for 2,859 yards and completed 61% of his passes last season, while throwing for 35 touchdowns and only two interceptions.

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