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.
Continue reading Week in Review – 4/3/12
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.
Continue reading Game 8 Preview – UTSA vs. Georgia State
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.
I had previously reported that surgery would be unlikely for OL Patrick Hoog’s ankle, but I received an update that he had torn some ligaments in the ankle and he will have to undergo surgery tomorrow. He will likely be out for the entire season.
According to my sources, junior OL Patrick Hoog suffered a grade 2 ankle sprain in the scrimmage on Saturday. No timetable was given, but the typical recovery time for a grade 2 sprain is anywhere from 4-8 weeks and usually does not require surgery.
As one of our most athletic and most experienced players, especially in a position that was very thin even before any injuries, Hoog will be hard to replace on the depth chart.
Look for Harris and Phillips to remain in the tackle spots (since Hoog had been moved back to guard before the injury) and Inskeep will start at guard along with either of the two transfers, Brady Brown or Mike Sanchez (the lone senior on offense).
True freshman Payton Rion has received praise from the coaching staff recently, but I think the size and experience of the two transfers will win out, especially early in the season.