Week in Review – 4/10/12

Conference Realignment

Conference realignment talks surrounding UTSA continue to heat up as officials from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference were both reportedly on campus last week. According to Dan McCarney, some conference officials are warming up to the idea of adding UTSA to the new alliance. “The more you look at them, and I’ve looked at them a lot, the more you like them. Potential growth, the size of the school, location — there’s a lot to like, a lot of great things going on.”

To make things more interesting, the Sun Belt has already started their expansion by adding Georgia State yesterday, with plans to add at least one more school in the near future. UTSA has been speculated as a leading candidate for the Sun Belt, as commissioner Karl Benson has stated he would like to expand into Texas, but we will likely have to wait and see how the alliance expansion turns out before the Sun Belt will make their decisions.

Park West

UTSA will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony today for the first phase of the new Park West athletic complex, featuring a track and field stadium, soccer field, paved parking and related infrastructure. Follow @RowdyReport on Twitter for live updates from the ceremony.

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Game 8 Preview – UTSA vs. Georgia State

This week, the UTSA Roadrunners will be looking to put an end to their three game losing streak by winning their first game in over a month, after coming off of their first bye week of the season. They will be facing the Georgia State Panthers, who started their football program just a year before UTSA and are coming off a double-overtime victory over South Alabama. That’s the same South Alabama team that UTSA took into two overtimes earlier in the year, so this is sure to be an exciting matchup.

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Week 3 Recap – UTSA @ Southern Utah

First of all, I’d like to apologize for not previewing this week’s game. I had a busy week and then had to fight a headache all day Saturday. But anyways, enough of the excuses, I decided to make it up to all of my loyal readers with a ridiculously long recap of the Southern Utah game, as well as a recap of some news from the past week.

Make sure to follow @RowdyReport on twitter and check out the Rowdyville forums (you can find me under the username DarrellEW), as I’m pretty active on both platforms and I’ll usually post and discuss the latest news on either of those before it makes it on a post here.

Let’s start off by putting yesterday’s game in perspective. Take a look at these stats:

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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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Preseason injury report – 10 days to kickoff

LB Drew Douglas (Fr-HS)
Douglas is out for the season with a shoulder injury and will be using his redshirt year to recover. With only two linebackers needed for the 4-2-5 and a decent amount of depth at the position, it’s not a huge loss for UTSA, and he likely would have been redshirted regardless.

RB Sean Atkins (Jr-TR)
Transfer running back Sean Atkins will also miss the Roadrunners’ inaugural season with a shoulder injury, with an expected return of February/March 2012. He wasn’t expected to be much of a factor in a backfield that has five scholarship players and a couple notable walk-ons, but he’s worth mentioning as he’s had one of the more interesting playing careers of anyone on the team. For the past two seasons he played collegiate football in Canada as a member of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men football team. He lead the X-Men in rushing last season with 289 yards on 77 carries, while playing in all eight of the team’s games.

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