Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 8

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

It was another disappointing week for fans of David Morgan, as the sixth-round draft pick only saw the field for two offensive snaps (3%) and five special teams snaps (19%) in the Vikings’ Monday night loss to the Bears.

It was a slight improvement over last week when all of the blocking tight end snaps went to incumbent Rhett Ellison, but it’s also the second straight week with less than 20% of snaps featuring two tight ends.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                      Off.     ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  57 93%   2  8%
Rhett Ellison    TE   9 15%  17 65%
David Morgan     TE   2  3%   5 19%

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But the big news after the game was the resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner. While Turner was a big proponent of tight ends and the two-TE system, his replacement Pat Shurmur won’t be much different.

Shurmur’s familiarity with the unit may also work in Morgan’s favor, as he spent the first half of the season coaching tight ends and was likely involved in the decision to draft Morgan in April.

TEDDY WILLIAMS

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

Teddy Williams was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers last Friday with a left knee injury, effectively ending his season.

Read more: Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 9 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Detroit Lions – Noon – FOX

 

Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve

The Carolina Panthers placed cornerback Teddy Williams on injured reserve Friday morning with a left knee injury, effectively ending his season.


The former UTSA sprinter left practice on Thursday during warm-ups and was unable to return to the field.

“Teddy Williams came out to practice, we were getting warmed up and stuff like that and he kind of felt something,” said head coach Ron Rivera at the time. “And so he went in to see (the athletic trainer) and they examined him.”

Read more: Panthers corner placed on IR

This injury comes at an especially unfortunate time for Williams, as he had just worked his way into the cornerback rotation and was coming off the best game of his career two weeks ago, when he recorded six tackles and his first NFL interception.

Williams had an up-and-down season prior to his breakout in Week 6, serving as the team’s workhorse on special teams in Week 1 before missing out on the active roster for the next three weeks.

His return in Week 5 was the first time he saw the field as a cornerback all year, but his most memorable moment came when he ran into punt returner Ted Ginn Jr., causing him to muff the punt and lose the ball to Tampa Bay.

After appearing in 16 games for Carolina last year on their way to Super Bowl 50, Williams will end the 2016 campaign having played in just three games, recording a total of six tackles, two pass deflections and one interception returned for 19 yards.

 

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

 

Week in Review – 10/20/16

It was a great week for UTSA athletics as they combined to win 4 of 5 games over the weekend across all sports, all-time records were broken in football, soccer kept their tournament hopes alive, and a UTSA alum played the best game of his NFL career.

FOOTBALL

The Roadrunner faithful showed up in force on Saturday for UTSA’s game against the 0-5 Rice Owls in Houston.

It was an ugly game, highlighted by the fact that the play clocks at Rice Stadium were inoperable throughout the entire game and the referees did nothing to stymie the Owls consistent abuse of the situation.

However, UTSA held on to win 14-13, with a supposedly blocked extra point attempt being the difference in the game. Dalton Sturm finished the game with 209 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-25 passing, and now sits at #19 in the country, and third in conference, in passing efficiency.

Jarveon Williams ran for 40 yards on the day, putting him at 1,786 career rushing yards and surpassing David Glasco II (1,752 yards), making Williams the program’s all-time leading rusher.

Brett Winnegan only returned one kickoff in the game, but the 21-yard effort was enough to surpass Kam Jones (989 yards) to become the team’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards with 999.

The Roadrunners (3-3, 2-1 C-USA) will look to extend their winning streak as they return home to face the UTEP Miners (1-5, 0,3) on Saturday in the annual Homecoming Game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The UTSA soccer team was in need of at least one win this weekend in order to keep the C-USA Tournament in reach.

After squandering a 2-1 halftime lead and going on to lose 3-2 against UTEP, the Roadrunners traveled to Birmingham and secured three points with a 2-1 victory over UAB.

Read more: UTSA Soccer keeps tournament hopes alive

UTSA (9 pts) will kick off this weekend’s action on Thursday night with their final road game of the season against league-leading Western Kentucky (18 pts), before returning home on Sunday for a very winnable match against FIU (5 pts) as they look to qualify for their first postseason appearance since the 2011 Southland Conference Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

The Roadrunner volleyball team traveled to Murfreesboro on Friday looking to restart their winning streak against a struggling Middle Tennessee squad, and came away with a convincing four-set victory, UTSA’s first sub-five-setter since the conference opener three weeks ago.

The Roadrunners then returned home for a match against UTEP on Sunday. It was a back-and-forth match that went to five sets yet again, with UTSA finally clicking to win the fifth set 15-7 and take the match.

Fans will get a chance to see a likely preview of late-round tournament games this weekend, as conference #3 UTSA (5-1 C-USA) takes on #2 Rice (6-1) on Friday and #1 WKU (7-0) on Sunday. Western Kentucky has won 11-straight and is ranked #20 in the nation in RPI.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

Brian Price was cut by the Packers and later named to their practice squad, while David Morgan II has returned to practice following a Vikings bye week, which made Teddy Williams the only UTSA alum in action for the second straight week.

Read more: Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 6

Williams did not disappoint, however, as he recorded the first interception of his career – the first by any Roadrunner in the NFL – and a career-high six tackles, as the Panthers fell to New Orleans, 41-38.