2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 108 UTSA Roadrunners
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the UTSA Roadrunners
No. 108 UTSA Roadrunners
UTSA Roadrunners Prespring Status
There’s reason to be really, really fired up for what’s happening under Frank Wilson. Not only is the team coming back loaded with talent and experience following a strong 6-7 season with a first-ever bowl appearance, but the staff came up with one of Conference USA’s best recruiting classes – if not the best. Not only did the Roadrunners get to six wins, but they battled hard in losses to Arizona State and in the bowl to New Mexico. Of the seven losses, three of them were by four points or fewer, and now the team should be even better. At least that’s the hope.
UTSA Roadrunners Biggest Issue
The Roadrunners need two new offensive tackles. The pass protection was hardly anything special to begin with – allowing 43 sacks on the season – but Jevonte Domond and Gabe Casillas were decent veterans who did an okay job for the ground game. There might be options waiting in the wings, and the interior of the line returns, but it’s never a plus to replace the two guys on the outside. However …
UTSA Roadrunners Biggest Positive
The team is absolutely loaded with returning talent. Seven starters are gone, but there are replacements for leading tackler Jarveon Williams, the two lost safeties were good, but not truly special, and again, the offensive tackles are done. However, four of the top five tacklers return, and the passing game should be stellar with Dalton Strurm back throwing to his top four targets. In terms of yards, almost all of the main men are back, including 22 of the 26 receiving scores.
Really, Why Are The UTSA Roadrunners Ranked Here?
Call this a do-it-again-before-we-believe-it ranking. Okay, okay, okay, technically, there’s no real reason for a team that had such a good 2016 and returns so much talent to be ranked this low, but was it an aberration? Wilson is a good, strong coach who has all the momentum rolling, and he proved he can take a rough situation and turn it into something amazing, and now there’s a chance this becomes the Conference USA going forward. Can Sturm be that good again? Can the defense be a little more consistent? Yeah, probably … wait until the preseason rankings. But for now, let’s just wait and see.