2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The UTSA Offense
Start by getting the ground attack going. The 2017 team wasn’t exactly explosive, but it came up with more than 2,000 rushing yards. The ground game was a dud early on when it moved into the FBS world, but getting to 2K wasn’t an issue over a three-year run, and then everything died.
UTSA ran for just 1,047 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging under three yards per carry. Double the rushing production, and the wins will come.
Biggest Key To The UTSA Defense
The secondary can’t keep getting beaten up. The lack of a pass rush was a major part of the problem, and losing three starters isn’t going to help, but the DBs have to pull up out of the nosedive after a disastrous finish.
The Roadrunners allowed a whopping 9.4 yards per pass attempt and only finished with nine picks. UTSA has to stop getting hit for the big plays.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Frank Harris, Soph.
If it’s not one of the other options stepping up – Lowell Narcisse is going to make a splash at some point – it’s the 6-0, 195-pound baller who played the part of the main man in spring ball.
An athletic, dual-threat quarterback, Harris should be able to bring just a bit of flash to an offense that didn’t have any. Again, watch out for Narcisse, but Harris might be the one who can best overcome a leaky line.
Key Game To The UTSA Season
at North Texas, Sept. 21
This is the early measuring stick game. Just how much has the UTSA defensive improved, if at all? It goes from dealing with the Army rushing attack one week, to the North Texas passing game the next.
If the Roadrunners can somehow pull it off on the road against the Mean Green in the C-USA opener, everything opens up. There’s a week off before facing UTEP up the road, and with four of the following five league games at home.
– UTSA Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 UTSA Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 90 – UTSA 10
– Sacks: Opponents 36 for 250 yards – UTSA 23 for 140 yards
– Passing TDs: Opponents 25 – UTSA 9