Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the UTSA Roadrunners season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: UTSA Roadrunners
If you want to play the disrespect card, UTSA, you’re allowed.
Head coach Frank Wilson has his motivational push for the year. No one’s giving UTSA much of anything; the program has to go take it.
Trivia time. Name the one team that finished with a winning record last season and didn’t get a bowl bid.
With the season opener against Houston cancelled thanks to the hurricane nightmare that hit Texas early last September, UTSA only played 11 games and won six. It beat Marshall in a 9-7 uggo, but it also fattened up on a whole load of bad teams.
Baylor, Texas State, Rice and Southern Miss combined to win just four games. That’s not UTSA’s fault, but now UTSA knows that it’s not just about getting to that magical six-win mark. It’s about beating the league’s better teams on a regular basis, too.
It’s not like this was new. The 2013 team went 7-5 and closed with a flourish – winning its last five games – and was left out of the swag bag fun. So in the interest of boosting up the record, being more interesting, and cranking up the program to another level, there have been some changes.
Out goes the stodgy, conservative offense, and in comes new offensive coordinator Al Borges and a high-powered style that will get the passing game more involved. Expect a better tempo after scoring more than 20 points just once over the last six games.
The skill players are solid, the losses are minimal on the offensive side, and the new attack should work wonders with a little bit of time, but the line has to be a plus – that’s not a given after a rough spring.
The defense loses DE Marcus Davenport, and there’s some work to be at cornerback, but the pass rush isn’t going anywhere, the linebackers are terrific, and the team that finished fifth in the nation in total defense will be a terror again.
The talent is there, the coaching is terrific, and focus shouldn’t be a problem after missing out on the post-season fun.
Now it’s up to UTSA to be too good to be ignored.