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.

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 7

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

Coming off the Vikings’ bye week, David Morgan II returned from a knee injury in Minnesota’s 21-10 loss to Philadelphia, the team’s first loss of the year.

Unfortunately for Morgan, fellow blocking tight end Rhett Ellison also returned from injury this week and ate up all of the two-TE offensive snaps. Morgan finished the game with just five snaps, all on special teams.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                      Off.     ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  72 95%   2  9%
Rhett Ellison    TE  13 17%   8 35%
David Morgan     TE   0  0%   5 22%

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TEDDY WILLIAMS

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

The Panthers were on their bye in Week 7 and there are reports that a few cornerbacks may be returning from injury soon, including second-round draft pick James Bradberry, which could eat into Williams’ newfound playing time.

ROADRUNNERS ON PRACTICE SQUADS

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers

NFL WEEK 8 MATCHUPS

  • Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams) – Noon – FOX
  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Chicago Bears – Mon, 7:30 – ESPN

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 6

Brian Price

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

After being inactive for last week’s game, Price was released by the Packers on Saturday, but cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad on Monday.

He joins Ashaad Mabry (New Orleans Saints) as the only UTSA alumni on NFL practice squads.

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

UTSA’s first ever draft pick had a chance to spend the weekend back in his hometown of Marble Falls, Texas during the Vikings bye week, and it looks like we may see him back on the field sooner than most of us expected.

After missing the previous two games with a knee injury, Morgan is a welcome omission from this week’s injury report. Also back healthy is Morgan’s main competition for playing time, fellow tight end Rhett Ellison, while MyCole Pruitt remains sidelined with a leg injury.

Teddy Williams

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

Teddy Williams worked his way into the cornerback rotation for Carolina last week and started this week’s game against New Orleans as the team’s #3 corner, behind rookies Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez. In the second half, Williams would replace Worley, who had to leave the game with a concussion.

Drew Brees and the Saints had their way with the inexperienced secondary on Sunday, going 34-of-49 for 465 yards and four touchdowns. But Williams made UTSA history in the process with his first career interception, and a career-high six tackles.

Williams, once again, saw action in a team-high 30 snaps (81%) on special teams, while putting in a career-high 41 snaps (56%) on defense.

The Panthers will have an extra week to figure out what to do about their secondary issues with a Week 7 bye, but hopefully Teddy Williams has shown enough to cement a spot in the cornerback rotation.

Carolina Panthers Defensive Snap Chart

                        Def.      ST
Player            Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Tre Boston         FS  73 100%  23 62%
Thomas Davis       LB  73 100%   8 22%
Luke Kuechly       LB  73 100%   8 22%
Kurt Coleman       SS  73 100%   8 22%
Shaq Thompson      LB  72  99%  11 30%
Kawann Short       DT  57  78%   8 22%
Daryl Worley       CB  51  70%  10 27%
Charles Johnson    DE  51  70%   0  0%
Zack Sanchez       CB  51  70%   0  0%
Kony Ealy          DE  50  68%   8 22%
Teddy Williams     CB  41  56%  30 81%
Star Lotulelei     DT  39  53%   8 22%
Mario Addison      DE  29  40%  17 46%
Kyle Love          DT  25  34%   0  0%
Wes Horton         DE  22  30%   0  0%
Lavar Edwards      DE  21  29%   0  0%
A.J. Klein         LB   1   1%  24 65%
Lou Young          CB   1   1%   8 22%

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Potential Week 7 Matchups

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Philadelphia Eagles – Noon – FOX

 

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.