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.
Since UTSA is in a reclassification year, the team and players aren’t technically considered in the FBS statistical rankings, but here’s how we would stack up in some defensive categories if we were ranked.
Redshirt freshman safety Nic Johnston would be tied for second in the nation with three fumble recoveries, only behind UAB linebacker Greg Irvin.
The team as a whole have eight fumble recoveries, which would tie them for eighth best in the FBS.
In turnovers gained, UTSA would be tied with LSU and others at #15 with 14 turnovers, and would be tied with Alabama with a +3 turnover margin.
The first football game in UTSA history is less than a week away. The excitement is building and the team is ready to face their first real opposition since they began practicing over a year ago.
On the other side of the ball will be the Northeastern State RiverHawks, a school located in the small town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma with less than 10,000 students. The football team participates at the Division II level and is currently transitioning from the Lone Star Conference to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Some might argue that their most famous alum is American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, but there was a defensive back that played for NSU from 1966-1969 who went on to coach at the highest level of college football, winning both a National Championship and the Bear Bryant Award, given to the best college football coach in the nation. A mere 42 years since suiting up for Northeastern State, head coach Larry Coker will now lead the UTSA Roadrunners in their inaugural game against his alma mater.
*Edit again: Three more photos came in, including two of WR Kam Jones.
*Edit: We have now received two more photos, including a side view. Click on “Read more…” at the bottom of the post if you are on the homepage to be able to view the photos.
We’ve received a photo of UTSA linebacker Steven Kurfehs wearing the official jersey for the inaugural season.
The most similar jersey that we’ve seen so far is the one for sale at Academy that was found by Bossman on Rowdyville.net
Look for an official announcement from UTSA soon regarding the jerseys and where we can buy official replicas.