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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Week 4 Injury Report

Coming into the Roadrunners’ inaugural season, wide receiver was believed to be the position with the most depth. We’ll see that depth tested this week, as four of UTSA’s top receivers (and another TE) are suffering through injuries.

There’s also an experienced safety on the injured list that should return soon and could improve a secondary that’s been less than impressive in recent weeks.


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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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Big day for UTSA football

Early this morning, UTSA football staff met with Red McCombs and other Chamber of Commerce members for a breakfast at Stonewerks Big Rock Grille.

The event was meant to get big businesses and donors in San Antonio to buy tickets to the inaugural game in an attempt to “fill ‘er up,” as McCombs said, and he lead the way with a purchase of 1,000 tickets to the opener on Sept. 3, but that wasn’t the biggest news.

According to Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News, Red McCombs also announced a $1 million dollar gift to go towards the construction of a new practice facility for UTSA football, and urged others to help out with the remaining $2 million needed to get the program its much needed facility.

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